Monday, March 30, 2015
He is the same beggar I had shot a few days back and given him money and Advocate Ashish Shelar our MLA had seen me with him and given him Rs100 ,,So I tried to wonder what he was thinking ,,And he is new to our Bandra Bazar area and he stands at this corner ..begging silently without opening his mouth , his one hand stretched out ,
And they come to Bandra West with a cosmic hope , and there are a lot of folks who give without letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing.
The two senior most beggars of Bandra Bazar Road are Khwajah Bhai and Jaffar Bhai.. and both are well known and beg with humility dignity and grace .
And I would rather shoot beggars , than go a hundred miles away to shoot caves or the Vasai Fort ruins ,, I would never think of going to places that I visited last week as a tourist guide but I did it without gain or profit merely as Indians we follow a tradition Devo Atithi Bhava that means Guest is God and Hospitality is akin to Godliness ..I kept my work aside I placed my time before everything else .
So I prefer shooting beggars I prefer shooting Garbage the best garbage sites are obviously in Bandra West.. there may be garbage sites in other parts of Mumbai but our Garbage has photogenic quality , you can read it as a wordless poem or as fine Street Art.. Make In India is incomplete if you dont come and see our iconic pictorial garbage dumps , and even if you did not have a camera use your mind as the cosmic lens and imbibe the beauty of Garbage , after sometime the stench the filth will feel like aroma fragrance of the Attars of Arabia .
Shooting the Marathi Manoos , the conservancy staff of the Municipality as they sweat and dont smell of Garbage living in garbage all day , they are hardworking men , they use their hands to pick up the garbage , yes they dont have gloves , they wear slippers and many have hurt themselves on rusty nails glass shards pointed broken bottles or food cans .. they abuse they and their favorite rant is Municipality Chi Aiiechi Gho.. and it is a friendly colloquial abusive term.. like Mother Fuck I think.
I am known to most of them as the video shooting man , and they welcome me as I make their cause and their hardwork world famous.
I shoot and videograph the ear cleaners of Bandra Talao and I have not gone and shot them for a long time , they miss me the most Raju Nabi and Kassim Bhai .. and the pigeon feed seller ..and there are guys who love to enter my frame to be seen by their loved ones on You Tube .
And I am merely shooting the ear cleaners these humble souls who will be jobless like the beef butchers after the Bandra Talao is renovated they will be forcibly evicted by the Bandra Municipality and the cops for cleaning ears here ,, and they have been cleaning ears for last 40 years .
And I shoot videos on my Motorola G badly overworked , as I have shot over 5000 images on this phone ,, I would like to buy a new phone but I am broke to put it poetically broke in heart body and mind.
And Maria the leper lady has returned but her place at Bandra Boran Road has been usurped by her daughter Mary these are two converts to Christianity I think would have been happy as Hindus ..and no Hindu person has come to take them back home strange are the ways of Ghar Wapsi..and than if you have motormouths that promote raping dead Muslims there is hardly any hope left in going back home ,, Ghar Wapsi.
And Ghar Ghar Islam has gone deafeningly silent and with leaders like the Shahi Imam God save Islam in India .
I prefer being a religion less photographer of the street I become a true Muslim during Moharam I cut my head shed my blood and I become one with Hussain..
Everyday Is Ashura Everyplace Karbala .
And I keep away from Shias too that is why I lock up my Facebook I dont want to be part of those who bully others and one hand talk about oppressors in the same breath.
I chose the path of the Malang without going into their rites or rituals simply to follow the path of Ali that is light from Najaf moving its divinity at Karbala .
I still dont know whether I will go to Ajmer Sharif this year I take everyday as it comes ,, and hope tomorrow will be slightly better than today.
arrogance and pride
your expensive lenses
camera your egoistic
soul deprived ..you
are more dead as a
alive tears on the
soul of a tourist guide
did you really shoot
india the camera
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"
i use my DSLR
as an amateur
fuck f stops
rules i refute
i dont compose
i merely point
i shoot what i
to capture on
the soul of
as a poetic
souls i steal
as they watch
me mute ..
held in cages
on my Flickr
wise man astute
for their roots ..
yes it is souls of
mortals i loot
please dont shoot like me and insult your vision dear photographer of repute from a great institute ..carry on with your elitist photographic pursuit ..may god make you an artist absolute ,,
me on my part i use my camera as a prostitute fucking her mind her cosmic reach..shooting the children of a lesser god destitute ,,i could still shoot pictures without my cosmic camera a will resolute ,,it was an accidental tragedy that we met on the same route ,,your pride your arrogance may it bear fruit
And this is Bandra Reclamation very close to Hotel Rang Sharda , I am going towards the MET Cricket grounds for my daily morning walk..what beats me is that the size of the garbage bin is far too small for the size of the slums in the vicinity ,,All the slum residents take a potshot to throw the garbage and most of the time the aim misfires .
And stringent fines even caning wilt not stop the people from littering it is in the DNA of the Mumbaikar to litter it runs in his bloodstream and he loves to throw garbage out of the window , sometimes he loves to deliberately throw the garbage in his neighbors porch and the Mumbaikar also loves to pee on the streets , shit and spit it is all part of his DNA.
So I have tried to be less myopic and now try to see garbage not as garbage but as Art .. the ultimate street Art and Mumbaikars are born Garbage Artists , crows cats dogs goats love this awesome street Art . they come plunder this art adding their own skills of re arrangement ,, like flower arrangement .
I dot know painting but this garbage art could hang on the walls of some of the best houses in Mumbai.. depends who paints it and this Art Made In India could be exported and help buy gloves shoes masks for the Municipal Conservancy staff as our Municipality goes bankrupt buying outdated hospital equipment and this money could be used at the much neglected Gen Arun Vaidya Municipal park presently a hideout for drunkards and drugaddicts and plainscloth cops searching the place for Bandra gold chain snatchers ..Lalmitti at Bandra Reclamation they say has given birth to some famous infamous gold chain snatchers .
So in a way shooting Garbage and it is not a fetish like shooting stinking barefeet or sexy legs of women walking the streets .Garbage has given birth in me to use words poeticize the Lord of The Flies and I am close to my death bed 61 plus so I have trained my granddaughter Nerjis to shoot Garbage and enhance her artistic instincts ,,she has vision to see shoot and glamorize Garbage that we see spread evenly in Bandra ... and though we may be different in our religiosity as Hindus Muslims Christians we are unanimously united in Humanity with Garbage .I did not include the Parsis of Bandra their garbage is always in original state and the bhangarwalas buy the Parsi garbage as it includes old frames , gramaphones , old family pictures Dinshaw Uncles crickety but poetic rocking chair .. So Parsi garbage has value for Money
The most filthy stinking fulsome is the Muslim garbage , and this garbage is what you see in most Muslim slums and in areas where they live ..could we divide Garbage according to Muslim Garbage Hindu Garbage Christian Garbage ,, all in all this part need a lot of study so I just shoot Garbage and move on from one Garbage site to another in Bandra .. And I know all the major garbage sites in Bandra ,, I wanted to do a photo walk like Mr Thomas Hawk..but somehow I could not get the right sponsors as I wanted the kids who come to unlearn photography shooting Garbage have a great time at the few Irani joints in Bandra starting bun maska chai at Pahelvi Bazar Road and nice hearty vegetable keema brun , paya soup at GoodLuck Irani Restaurant near Mehboob Studio ..
And I want to give nice mementos here I would ask our local representatives Ms Poonam Mahajan and Advocate Ashish Shelar to give them scholarships so they can go shoot garbage in Singapore Bangkok Shangai and other Far Eastern countries and they could be featured in You Magazine too.
Welcome to Bandra ...
I am learning to shoot videos , and I wish I had more knowledge of technique and confidence ,
I wish I had shot the few places like Ajmer , Haji Malang Zinda Shah Madar on video.. and even now I have not shot videos on my DSLR but on my mobile phone Motorola G ,
I shot these videos to give you a feel of my world ,,as stills do not give that much needed sense of pathos passion or reality .
I shot all these videos lately and simply and as I saw it , and my videos are a tribute to the common people of my Mumbai be it the Municipal Conservancy staff with no safety gear or the ear cleaners confused lost as they will be evicted from where they sit at Bandra Talao once it is renovated .
I wish I could join some video classes but things are not to fine my end ,,and I will learn to shoot videos edit them one day ,, learning is the only path towards wisdom.
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