Seeing Life at the slow shutter speed

As some friends read the article remembering Lodhi gardens,Delhi
( ),
they asked me to write about the different sites where we had
so many lovely evenings .

“The next article should be about Hauz Khas”.

Another friend remembered the CP Evenings.

Evenings., Delhi, India. May 2006 .browsing through books, after a beer at Gola

As I remember those times, as a person who has seen medicine and life through imaging-as a radiologist with an interest in photography, and seeking people’s narratives, I recall the many lovely evenings we had discussing the different aspects and nuances of photography, and through that..about life.

Context in photography:

Like life, photography is all about context.

Telling persons to photograph their workplace, in situations which will not be usually visible to others gives a window into worlds which are otherwise hidden. This theme opened up many interesting possibilities while we thought about which professions to engage, from the obvious to some which are not to be mentioned in the ‘decent’ circles.

Life at the slow shutter speed

Valletta- Malta…October 2010,..
watching the world go by,
at the Slow Shutter speed

The evenings are a lovely time to view the world at the “Slow shutter speed”. For anything with a shutter speed of less than 1/30 second one needs a stand. For me, the stand is probably the most important part of a photography equipment list. The stand can also be useful in making video recordings of concerts, shows and other performances.

Commercial photography involves studio, portraits, wedding, wild life, products, fashion to name a few.

I found my way through using the stand, in the night..and watch the world pass by quietly, as I tune in to the “Slow-Shutter Speed”.

No hurry…lessons of life from Photography at the slow shutter speed.

The “Slow shutter speed” also taught me something about life, in which different pressures make people keep interrupting others.

There are few who have time to listen.

No time for a father to listen to his child.

No time for a friend to see where his friend is going.

But if you apply the “Slow-shutter” formula to conversations, and waiting for that extra second, a bit more that 1/30 seconds to let other complete their words, and then maybe register what their thoughts, feelings, attitudes are, it adds a richness to the nuances of life.

….It all started in evenings in Delhi, where I first learnt how to watch life at the “Slow-shutter speed.”


About prashant bhatt

A psychologist, interested in mindfulness practices. I practiced medicine as a radiologist for 23 years in India and Libya as a radiologist before shifting to Canada. A regular diarist, journaling since 1983 Reading journal :
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