World Photography Day 2018: Celebrating the art behind making of the frame

19 August also celebrates World Humanitarian Day to recognise efforts of the humanitarian workers.

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.

Image: Ankit Vengurlekar

The placement of the ducks was in sync with the shape of the waves. Image: Ankit Vengurlekar

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."

Representational image.

Representational image.

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.

Click here to go to the Photos section of tech2, where we carefully curate series of images on a myriad relevant topics.

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:

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.

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