Women have a long association with camera. It has mostly been in front of it, smiling, posing, dancing, acting or modelling. Women love camera. They may or may not understand the science and technology behind it but they have hardly shied away from it.
There have been many iconic photographs of women, which are etched to our mind as the unforgettable figures in the history of mankind. The picture above, is of the famous Afghan girl, who was living as a refugee in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. This photo was taken by Steve Mc Curry in the year 1984 and came out as the cover photo of the National Geographic magazine. The speaking eyes of this young girl has engorged the reader’s attention since it was published 20 years ago.
Yet another iconic photo, which is extremely hard to forget is that of Marilyn Monroe. The photos of Miss Monroe in the ivory white dress from the 1955 film, Seven Years Itch have become a part of her legacy.
The diva, Audrey Hepburn left her heritage of style and fashion in the world famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her iconic photo (above) is an cherished memoir for young fashionistas all around the world.
Not only have women loved camera but camera has also adored women. The wide spectrum of expressions and emotions that a woman can exhibit is matchless.
However, in the last decade, more and more women have chosen to be behind the camera as Movie Directors, Producers and Professional Photographers or just to pursue photography as a hobby.
Indian Women Directors like Mira Nair, Kalpna Lajmi, Deepa Mehta, Vijaya Mehta, Revathy, Suhasini Maniratnam and Tanuja Chandra have made an everlasting impact on world cinema and have also done their part by using the camera to send strong message to the Indian society as well as the world. Additionally, the new generation of women directors like Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Kiran Rao, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav, Farah Khan, Rajshree and Anusha Rizvi have also paved a new league of cinema makers by taking serious social issues and contemporary cinema into consideration and have made sure the right message reaches the society in a very subtle way.
Camera has not only contributed to the fame of women worldwide but has also played as a facilitator of giving them a voice through the louder than words images. Imagine a world without Camera and photography. It will be full of long lost memories never captured, never treasured and always missed.
The newly coined word “selfie” and its immense popularity in itself shows the world wide love for photos and what better muse than a mother, a bride, a fashionista, actress, dancer, athlete or a baby girl in a lovely pink dress. For me, the connection of women with photography is a perfect match, of soul mates.
I have many friends who love photography and pursue their passion by taking magnificent pictures worth framing. One of my closest friends, Irina, who loves experimenting with photography has recently bought a DSLR after doing a marathon research on camera specifications. She not only knows the specifications of her pet like a professional but also has a knack of taking quality pictures covering wide variety human emotions, nature and life in general.
Another very dear friend of mine, Navtika, who took a career break and became a lovely mum of two adorable kids Dev and Diva, has explored her passion for photography by taking lively and vibrant pictures of her kids, which she will treasure all her life.
Many women have evolved as photographers in their own niche. During my search for professional wedding photographers, I found that the best lot of wedding photographers had many women who had given up their full time careers to pursue wedding photography as a profession. These women had done many wedding assignments and captured the spirit of Indian weddings from a different angle, and were extremely adept at capturing the emotions of the bride. These days, wedding photography, event photography and baby photography are hot cakes and people keep looking for the best photographers in their respective leagues to capture their moments forever. I myself hired an expensive photographer to ensure all the events were captured from unconventional angles and were clicked at the right moment.
However, I must confess, I too became a victim of the photography bug and have been taking pictures for a couple of years now. I am amazed how photography has evolved as an art and has so much to offer, specially to women who want to pursue and alternative career. I have experimented and learnt my way of handling the camera by learning the basics of it and it gives me great pleasure to shoot my little son’s different moods and activities. I capture all his moods, emotions, smiles, actions, almost everything and treasure them forever. It is important for a woman to have a passion in her life, be it anything..photography is a great option though.
So….go girl…shoot your heart out!!!