Amit Mehra: On Slowing Down…
This article was originally published in June 2016.
Last month, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone and decided to use it only when I’m sitting on a desktop. Technology tends to make slaves of us and it gets tempting to keep scrolling through the News Feed. Instead of checking it incessantly, I decided to push myself to look for images, and shoot. Earlier, we would send our friends a picture postcard to tell them about our travels. Facebook and Instagram uploads are the new picture postcards. But there is a fine line between putting up a casual picture as a status update and showcasing one’s serious photography. After all, every image uploaded is a statement of who we are, and can change the way our vision is perceived. One has to consider flow of thought, context and relevance.
Like this image, which I shot and uploaded last spring in Kashmir, and I am using it for this diary now that spring has returned. Also, if one plans to publish the photos in a book, a magazine or an exhibition, how much of the work should one expose? For me, it’s like playing a tough game of cards, in deciding what images to reveal, when, and which ones to hold back. Social media is an incredible platform to discover and share new photos, but at a time when photography seems to be in a hurry, it’s probably best to slow down.
About Amit Mehra
Constantly balancing the worlds of commercial and documentary photography, Amit describes himself saying, “I’m like an octopus who likes to deal with different things at the same time. You can call me a schizophrenic photographer.” The moments in this monthly diary are excerpts from his ongoing work titled ‘Roznaama’.