This story was originally published in September 2011.
Why This is My Best Shot
I took this image on Mumbai’s seafront, where this family of migrants had found a home without walls, under a calm blue sky on a busy beach. I like this image because it speaks to me about the idea of ‘Bombay’— the land of ‘70mm’, which continues to inspire and entice myriad journeys to this city of dreams.
Where and When I Shot This Image
This image was taken at Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai in 2008.
How I Achieved It
This image is from the series The City Behind My Back where I explored people’s interaction with the abundant space that they encounter on the beaches. One day, while I was working on this series, I noticed this woman and the girl spreading a saree. I anticipated a moment and got my camera ready, gearing up to photograph them. Walking closer to them, I crouched down for a low-angle view to include a little of the sky in the composition. And it was then that I saw the saree unfold like a 70mm screen, encompassing the skyline of Mumbai. The strut of the child and the twirl of the little girl came as an unexpected reward for me.
The Gear I Used to Get
This Shot I was working with a Canon EOS 400D and a Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
About Amit Madheshiya
Amit Madheshiya is a Mumbai-based independent photographer who likes to do documentary photography. He has won awards at the World Photography Awards in Cannes(2009) and the Humanity Photo Awards in China (2009) for his work.
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