Day 1 of the Photography Project
Day 2 of CL was a roller coaster ride full of emotions! All due to our photography “Humans of CIS
Project”. It was all about learning the stories of our drivers, attendants, cooks and maids. All that we
know about them is that the work here, but we seem to forget they have a life that revolves not only
around CIS. While interviewing them, without their knowledge we had to capture their emotions on
We were put into pairs. I worked with Raeesa. Mr. Craig taught us how to play around with the app
SnapSeed; he made us familiar with how to sharpen, brighten, use accurate filters to edit a picture in
a professional way. More than photography, I personally enjoyed interacting with Mr. D’sousa, who
is the driver for bus number 1. He was such a pleasure to talk with, he didn’t have problem opening
up and speaking freely. He told us how he’s never let gone of his positivity, despite financial crisis,
and how his daughters remembered his 25th wedding anniversary instead of him. He also told us
about the special bond he shares with the little students in his bus who try to get on his nerves!
Haha! We shared so many laughs. He even showed us a picture of his whole family on his phone. I
came to know that dreams could be simple, when he said “ During 2006, when I got this job, my
dream was to make sure that my daughter’s worked here , in this school. ”
Indeed, there’s a lot more to a person than their career. In today’s world so many people look down
upon drivers, cleaners, cooks, and nannies. It’s probably because they are working for another, but it
is not right to mistreat them. In fact, they are taking care of our surroundings. There are no
unimportant jobs, only people who are made to feel unimportant doing them. I hope that one day
everyone in the world will realise that we are all deserving of equal love, respect and kindness. No
one is superior or inferior.
Day 2 of the Photography Project
This morning, we completed our final interview which was with Ms.Lavanya, our Student Information Officer. Besides being the Student Information Officer, she is a mother, daughter, wife and daughter-in-law. Making others happy is her greatest happiness and dream. She doesn’t worry too much about her future and is focused on making good memories everyday. She is proud of who she is and the work she does. Her only regret is not going through with the ambitions she had when she was younger. However, I am glad she is where she is today- a part of our CIS community! Her answers were inspiring and I hope she has lots of people around her who make her happy too.
After the interview, it was time to edit our photos. We needed two pictures of things that represented the person and one portrait. For Ms. Lavanya, we took a photo of her typing on the keyboard and a picture of her phone which had a photo of her with her daughter. We used Snapseed for the editing. We increased the brightness, sharpened the photos and decided to go with black and white filter for some of our photos. Finally, we shared our photos with the whole class.
Then after lunch, it was a case of “Finding Mr.Morton” for our next session of photography! One thing led to another and before we knew it Mr.Scott and and Mr.Regis had joined in on the search. When he finally came back to class he told us he was in a meeting and forgot we had a class!
Finally, we had our documentary film session. Mr.Ethan showed us clips of promotional videos created by students. We learnt that we need a good hook in order to create a good film. Our group- which was Mithali, Ria and myself- decided to use a question as our hook, which was- “ Would you do the right thing?”. Tharangini Studios is committed to uplifting skilled artisan communities throughout the country whilst focusing on sustainable, fair trade practices and using eco-friendly colours for their hand block printing. Hand block printing is a centuries old Indian art that should be preserved and promoted. So, in our video, we are going to show clips of the process involved in making the products and show how the products are unique and worth buying to support a ancient art form as well as the skilled artisans community. We also jotted down our interview questions for tomorrow.
Today was a good day. I discovered the face and person behind the managebac pages I access everyday and she was a wonderful person!