Images © Uday Khambadkone
   

Exhibition

 
           
      
       




Show Statement

We are both observers gathering scenes through the camera lens from very different points of view. 

Scott: You might be wondering how this show came together? Uday and I met at a now defunct local photo meetup called the Worcester Alliance of Photographers. It is there we realized we both were extremely interested in and had been shooting street photography for years. We shared some of our favorite moments from photographing on the streets. We also have gone on photo-walks together. We critique each other's work and have been learning a lot through the process.

I really enjoy Uday’s work. It is very colorful and has a lot of complexity to it. I find myself looking at his pieces for a long time, enjoying the nuances and depth. Uday has many images he’s shot over his career as a photographer. He’s traveled many places around the world gathering wonderful moments and scenes. I felt my black and white city work would interplay and look appealing alongside his color work.

Uday: Though we share a common sense of why we love photographing on the Street, our styles are quite different. One could say we complement each other’s work. Scott has a keen sense of shapes, lines, and geometry and loves to incorporate buildings and signs. I on the other hand get drawn to people and the moments they are having with one another and their surroundings. Street photography is a very broad genre, and hard to define easily. Every street photographer you encounter has their own interpretation of the subject matter. We decided that by exhibiting our work together we will show our viewers a broad range of street imagery through our unique and differing styles. 

As artists, we go into the streets with our eyes roaming looking for that perfect composition, light, or shade. We are looking for the ever elusive “decisive” moments. We hope you enjoy ‘Life As It Happens’ and can find the many connections in these moments.

 


Artist Statement

I use photography as a means to not only document the world around me but how it makes me feel. My choice of subject comes from a deep sense of love for our differences in culture and people.

“Life As It Happens” is about fleeting moments that I love to gather as I walk past alleyways, busy streets, airports and other public spaces. This series was made during my year long travel in India from Summer of 2014 till Spring of 2015. Through my journey I was rediscovering India my birth place. Traveling through big urban cities to small remote villages, I got to witness festivals on the streets to the daily grind between work and home. A glimpse of life, culture, people and moments.

On the street, I often use a 35mm fixed focal lens to frame my shots. I have used both DSLR and mirrorless systems to do this work. For me, It is more about the process and patience than the right equipment. When I am strolling on the streets, I am drawn by the light, space and the geometry of things around. If all these three things come together, I will spend hours to find the moment. I have trained myself to follow the OODA rule, Observe your surroundings, Orient yourself to be in the right position, Decide on what to include and what to exclude and Act when the opportunity comes through.

Street photography as a genre allows me to experience and enjoy the serendipity of unexpected moments. It allows me to stop time and place and help relive those moments in the future. Through these photographs the viewer can get a glimpse of the culture, fashion, people and place. It is ‘Life As It Happens’.