Nitin Sonawane and Me, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Nitin Sonawane works for the Times Group...a great photo journo with sensitivity of what he shoots.. Nitin and I are members of PSI Mumbai and our friendshiup goes a long way back, it was Nitins pictures displayed at PSI Mumbai of Nag Panchami at Battis Shirala that made me follow his footsteps to Ichalkaranji and than to Battis Shirala the snake town of India.
It was because of Nitin I was allowed permission to shoot the All India Hijda Sammelan at Park Site Vikhroli..and this is the first picture of us together ..we had a common printer Mr Bawaji a Bohra gentleman who made our exhibition prints..
Nitin and I were meeting after a very long time..he gets embarrassed each time I thank him for his contribution to my photography..
This is my tribute to him and to our long standing friendship.
Shooting the streets encapsulating the essence of pain street art accelerating the heart storming the brain the crown of the head kissed by droplets of rain barefaced barefeet a heady concoction mind blowing cocaine street photography with no editorial constrain shooting the soul of a concrete jungle urbane lost moments digitally diabolically on the cosmic consciousness regain
Swapnil DNA Photographer in Action, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Most of the photographers were hunting for the swine flu mask, on the dahi handi contenders and I chose Swapnil DNA photographer well armored against any influenza germs..I shot more pictures of him later , we had some bata wada too given to us by a kindly lady from Khandke Building where this series was shot, it is a very long series.
I came back to Bandra dog tired and my daughter saw that I showered immediately , so I dont bring home the swne flu germ, after this I shot Advocate Ashish Shelars Dahi Handi celebrations at Bandra Hill Road.
And this morning 15 August 2009 I shot the Independence Day flag hoisting in my Bandra Bazar area , organized by blind Ismail Chacha and Rahebar Khan our dynamic local corporator was felicitated..
My internet connection is very slow and I have problems with my computer ..so I shall be socially less active, on the internet, my computer hangs and goes dead on me..so…
Mumbai cops wonder why I take their pictures , some are polite a few aggressive ,who have threatened to haul my ass to the police station,I have a Press Card but it is my attire that does me in I dont look like a normal photo journo..I would rather take poison than look like a typical hot shot photo journo with attitude and his big shining Canon lens.
The Bandra Police know me very well, and I shoot cops , because without them there would be riots at religious processions that I shoot, and it is serious , there are a lot of criminal mind set people who would love to create communal mischief..and disharmony.
I pay respect to the Mumbai Police by showing you their human side, their long hours , standing in the blazing sun like during the election times, I always have cops as the heroes of my procession pictures .
The Khaki element is necessary and validates Peace and Brotherhood..
Thank you Jatkar Sir, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. this series is humbly dedicated to prof bw jatkar he taught me photography so my thought my poems my emotion on pictures i could transfer finding peace with which my soul concurs searching for godliness not just sharpness also a blur thank you jatkar sir for this pictorial makeover mee mumbaikar away from the chaos politics of camera clubs away from salon participation to be a photo blogger i prefer you me kg maheshwari three friends that we were
when a man dies leaves this mortal world of pain and despair where he lived in transition building a castle in the air not knowing that one day he will be bound to yama's snare to another world his life prepare calisthenics of spiritual freedom beyond the words of a prayer life endured though unfair wear and tear travails and tribulations with his loved ones he did share in the next world one way ticket without any fare his karmic soul he will repair rediscover peace hope harmony love brotherhood away from this vanity fair
Shooting Dahi Handi 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I normally shot Govinda or Dahi Handi at Ranade Road, but this year I gave it a skip, as Ranade Road , one gets pictures but one cant avoid the commercial banners sticking like a sore thumb..
I shot all my pictures from Khandke building,and met some old friends too, I walked to Ranade Road later but the show was over out there so I came back to Khandke building , from there I took a bus and got off at Lal Mitti.
Later in the evening I shot Advocate Ashish Shelars Dahi Handi, I was here for several hours till the end..