Goethe-Zentrum organised a talk by the famous city-based photographer, Arvind Chenji, on Thursday evening at their premises. The evening saw a great mix of crowd absorbing every experience of Arvind’s life with great interest.
From being a young amateur photographer to clicking the President of India, his journey has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride of self-discovery. The two-hour session wasn’t enough to justify the enriching experiences of the photographer. The episode that stands out the most was about his photo assignment at a slaughterhouse for the Illustrated Weekly. The gore and suffering he witnessed there made him quit eating meat instantly. Though he’s one to not be affected by his subjects, this incident changed his life for good.
Arvind till date kicks himself about not capturing the legendary personalities APJ Abdul Kalam and MS Subbulakshmi when he had the opportunity. He couldn’t go through with it at that time for technical and logistical reasons.
He also expressed his desire of wanting to completely break free from the shackles of his previous work and start anew with something meaningful.
Arvind wants humanity to see above the obvious facades of life so he plans to write a book which glorifies the lesser-known unsung heroes of India. According to him, the contribution of these people towards making this world a better place, in spite of the challenges, makes them heroic in the true sense.
Among other prominent personalities of the city, Andrew Fleming, the British Deputy High Commission in Hyderabad, was also present along with his father, who shot over a thousand marriages since before the World War II. He too shared his experiences and ideas on photography.