A fall back plan for our memory,
A memory that we make for ourselves.
A moment that is trapped in a flash,
Connecting the dots of our past.
A piece of an incomplete puzzle,
Leaving our crevices exposed.
Once my boss sent me a picture of two white ducks floating near the banks of the river Hugli in Kolkata. The placement of the ducks was in sync with the shape of the waves, but the calmness about the ducks stood in stark contrast to the violent river currents.
I complimented him for capturing the moment so beautifully, and asked him which phone he'd used to capture this moment. He said, "It's never the camera... the image is made in the mind, a camera is just the tool... It's a lot like love."
The World Photography Day celebrated on 19 August is a day that celebrates the artist's eye for the way they look at the world, and create the image long before it gets materialised.
The birth of this day dates back to 1839 in France, but it came in to force in 2009.
The idea behind the day is inspiring positive change in the world, by sharing the stories of the photographers from all around the world through their photographs.
“I’ve often quipped that it’s the photographer that captures a great photo, not the camera. I went from shooting on a Canon 5D Mark II to shooting on my iPhone!” says Korske Ara, founder, World Photography Day.
There is no one way through which the stories that lie behind the photographs can be shared. Pop culture's take on celebrating and engaging the populace seems to be through contests held by various companies.
Here are some:
This coming World Photography Day get a chance to win exciting Fujifilm Goodies.
All you have to do is:
1. Caption this Photo
2. Follow us FujifilmX India
3. Nominate your 3 friends
Use #shootwithX #worldphotographydaywithX#fujifilm #xseries #fujifilmxindia pic.twitter.com/NvKuHhT2s5
— Fujifilm India (@Fujifilm_India) August 17, 2018
It’s ‘World Photography Day’ on 19th Aug.Are you up for a ‘WORD CHALLENGE’? Share captions for this image (in 140 characters). Best caption wins a Gift Voucher!#Contest open from 16th- 19th Aug ‘18. T&C apply. #WorldPhotographyDay #ContestAlert @ContestAlert_ @india4contests pic.twitter.com/OhjiviLVMW — Reliance Money (@RelianceCF) August 16, 2018
Test your phone photography skills & win a Zenfone Max Pro! Use your your Asus Zenfone handset to capture a 3 image story in the streets of your city & upload it using #ShotOnZenfone. Remember to tag @ASUSIndia on Instagram. #Contesthttps://t.co/HCvkRJsMHN pic.twitter.com/0OlJxvXTzG
— ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) August 18, 2018
Calling all the pizza lovers out there, we have an exciting #contest this World Photography Day Participate and get a chance to win a Panasonic 4K Imaging Club camera. Send us your entry in the comment section & tag your 3 friends. Use #MomentsWithDominos #WorldPhotographyDay pic.twitter.com/EF55EKGBUI — Domino's Pizza India (@dominos_india) August 17, 2018
— Mi (@xiaomi) August 19, 2018
Nerolac is celebrating this World Photography Day with people who have made photography their world. Are you one of them too? Share your best capture using #NerolacColourtrails & #CaptureWithNerolac. Stand a chance to win exciting prizes from us. Contest ends 24th Aug ‘18. pic.twitter.com/h1Slk1t0DP — Nerolac Paints India (@Nerolac_Paints) August 19, 2018
It's time to show off your cool photography skills because #ThisPartyIsTrendingNow! Participate now in the #MyPartyPicture contest & win Amazon vouchers.https://t.co/TPQFXtSowg@asliyoyo @jackkybhagnani @kritika_kamra @Abundantia_ent @nitinrkakkar @vikramix @RDMMedia pic.twitter.com/LBJ0fx20CZ
— Sony Music India (@sonymusicindia) August 18, 2018
But 19 August is also World Humanitarian Day, as declared by the UN, and is designated as such to recognise the efforts of the workers who risk their lives offering services that are for the betterment of society, and also to mobilise people to promote humanitarian action.