The world relies on photojournalist to shoot compelling photos that enhance news stories. Images taken by photojournalists should summarize what has been written in an article. By doing so, newspaper reading and news watching becomes more effective as one can better relate the news to real life situations and understand fully what it must be like to be in that actual place at that actual time. This is especially true for people who don’t have time to read a magazine from cover to cover. For hurried or slightly disinterested individuals, photos speak louder than words.
As per the expectations, I wanted to enhance my professional effectiveness by improving skills and acquiring new knowledge, identify start/end dates and determine my work schedule so as to be successful in submitting before the deadline.
It was 2nd June 2016, when I received a mail from the Editor of ‘The Hindu’ newspaper stating that I was selected for a month long internship at the Mumbai branch of their organization as a photojournalist. The feeling of ecstasy was a first of its kind. This was my first internship ever and I was geared up for it like never before.
I used to get daily assignments where I had to go and cover the story. I had eight newspaper features, one magazine feature and two personal photo story based in Mumbai. Other than photography I shot multiple videos for press conferences and also helped in successfully imparting knowledge about Adobe Lightroom.
The best day of my one-month long internship as a photojournalist was the first day itself. Keeping the materialistic achievements aside, it was the experience of the entire day which made it more thrilling. I had been in Mumbai for a year and a half now but I could never muster the courage to travel by a local until this internship happened to me. Apparently, my office was scheduled at 11:30am but for International Yoga Day, it got shifted to 6:45am, to shoot the occasion at The Gateway of India. I left at 3:30am to be on the safer side. Being greeted by the Bombay Rains, it rained torrentially for straight six hours. The first assignment of capturing Yoga Day was one of the most successful assignment. I had to rush from the Gateway of India to a municipality school at Lower Parel to cover the World Yoga Day Celebration and from there, I had to rush back to Azad Maidan to cover the Taxi Drivers’ strike against Ola and Uber. It was quite an errand that day which gave me the happiest moment the next day.
I had a day long sensation over Instagram where a photograph of the Yoga Day was shared by 10 different eminent, photography groups, a photograph of the Taxi Drivers’ Strike was published in the main paper and a photograph of the World Yoga Day celebration at the Municipal school was published at The Hindu’s Magazine, The Frontline.
The other stories I covered are ‘Bombay Showcase’ Art Exhibition, Monsoon of the City, A first-hand interview with Mr. Dave Besseling, writer of the novel “Laid in India”, Eid Shopping, Animal Cruelty, and Launch of Rolls Royce – Dawn.
Apart from the daily assignments, I had two photo stories regarding the negligence of maintenance of the Caves in and around Mumbai by ASI and A selfie series because as per the BMC, clicking selfies at certain places like Worli Fort, Bandra Fort, Bandra Bandstand are banned. Till date, 19 casualties have been reported while clicking selfies at these places.
Below are a few photographs from the two series.
1. The Caves of Mumbai.
2. The Banned Activities.
After completing my internship, I had been exposed to the world of Photo-Journalism and corporate working life. Throughout my internship, I could understand more about the definition of a photojournalist and prepare myself to become a responsible and innovative photographer and editor in future. Along my training period, I realize that observation is the main element to find out the root cause of a problem. Not only for my project but daily activities too. During my project, I cooperate with my colleagues and operators to determine the problems. Moreover, the project indirectly helps me to learn independently, discipline myself, be considerate/patient, self-trust, take initiative and the ability to solve problems. Besides, my communication skills are strengthened as well as when communicating with others.
During my training period, I have received criticism and advice from senior photographers and editors when mistakes were made. However, those advices are useful guidance for me to change myself and avoid myself making the same mistakes again. Apart from that, I had also developed my programming skills through various programs that I had done. This also helps sharpen my skills in Premier Pro since most of the programs were done with the aid of Visual Studio 2013. In sum, the activities that I had learned during industry training really are useful for me in future to face challenges in a working environment.
The internship opportunity I had with The Hindu was a great chance for learning and professional development. Therefore, I consider myself as a very lucky individual as I was provided with an opportunity to be a part of it. I am also grateful for having a chance to meet so many wonderful people and professionals who led me through this internship period.
Bearing in mind previous I am using this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude and special thanks to the Photo – Editor of The Hindu who in spite of being extraordinarily busy with his duties, took time out to hear, guide and keep me on the correct path and allowing me to carry out my project at their esteemed organisation and extending during the training.
I express my deepest thanks to Mr. Prashant Nakwe, Head Photo-Editor for taking part in useful decision & giving necessary advices and guidance and arranged all facilities to make life easier. I choose this moment to acknowledge his contribution gratefully.
It is my radiant sentiment to place on record my best regards, deepest sense of gratitude to Mr. Prashant Nakwe, Head Photo-Editor, Mr.Vivek Bendre, Business and Sports Photographer, Mr. Rajendra Gawankar, Senior Photographer and Mr. Rajnish Londhe, Photographer, for their careful and precious guidance which were extremely valuable for my study both theoretically and practically.