Capturing the shades of Hyderabad’s sky

Hyderabadi filmmaker Jennifer Alphonsse found a new way to engage herself during the lockdown by capturing the evening sky in the city

By Author  |  Published: 1st Jun 2020  12:20 amUpdated: 1st Jun 2020  9:53 am

An ‘Opacarophile’ is a person who loves sunsets… Covid-19 has wrecked havoc globally and brought the world to a standstill. When it comes to Hyderabad, the first two phases of the ongoing lockdown had seen denizens confined into their homes with minimal activity. Consequently, the pollution levels dipped drastically in the city and the results were quite evident with fresher air, lesser noise and clearer sky. Without the hustle and bustle of the big city, people started finding solace in the little things around them, the nature, the birds and the skies.

“I am someone who loves the nature to the core. When away from home for filming, what I enjoy the most in the locations are the scenic backgrounds, the fresh air and the clear waters, given I shoot mostly in the tribal hamlets of rural Telangana,” says Jennifer.

But the 2020 lockdown at her home had something different in store for the young filmmaker. She was awestruck by the magnificent Hyderabad evening skies. The time she spent on her terrace with the birds, the breeze capturing the sunsets on her iPhone, lifted her spirits in the trying times.

“One thing for sure, I have never seen the Hyderabad Skies, this elegant ever before,” says Jennifer.

Like all others, she too credits the ‘phenomenon’ to low levels of pollution in the city with vehicles off the roads and industries remaining shut.

“I have been filming the skies for more than 60 days now, as we are in Lockdown 4.0. Most of the days, I would venture out on the terrace rather than texting or talking to friends over the phone. It used to drizzle at times, and that made my lockdown evenings even more beautiful. I used to stand glaring at the Sun, hiding among the clouds, trying to strike a conversation. I am glad that I have those evenings photographed and well-archived,” says the lady director.

The lockdown has been in large a gentle reminder that it’s okay to slowdown and reflect upon the fortunes we are living in, as there is a section out there whose lives have been brutally struck by the pandemic.


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