Our ISR® volunteer from Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata – Subhadip Mukherjee, Assistant Manager – Social Media & Events – conducted a photography workshop for 40 senior citizens at the bookstore to prepare them for Dignity Moments – a photography competition organized by NGO Dignity Foundation where these elderly people are members. A blogger and photographer himself, Subhadip taught them the basics of photography such as framing, focusing and how to choose a subject properly. He showed them how to select a frame, capture smiles, take portrait and group shots as well as close up shots of objects of Nature like plants and trees. He took help of his colleague Arpita Chowdhury, who posed as a subject, and showed them how to take these shots on cameras as well as mobiles and also showed them how to make short videos.
The senior citizens used the knowledge and skills learnt from the session to take photographs and videos for the Foundation’s annual photography competition which saw 213 still photo and 25 video entries coming from various centres of the foundation in Kolkata, such as Dhakuria, Baguiati, Kankurgachi, Behala and Salt Lake. The entries were then shortlisted by Subhadip and another ISR® volunteer – Sunanda Banerjee, Assistant Company Secretary, Apeejay Securities Private Limited. The shortlisted entries comprised of 20 still photographs and 8 videos. The final winners were chosen by Subhadip, renowned actor Barun Chanda, documentary film director Utpal Das and Ei Samay Chief of News Bureau Amal Sarkar. The award ceremony was held at the annual day celebrations of the Foundation on 21st June 2019 where our volunteers Subhadip and Sunanda were felicitated for taking time out of their busy schedules to train as well as judge the works of the senior citizens at the photography competition.