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Unveiling Shillong through photos!

April 18, 2017

 

 

It is said- a picture is worth a thousand words. Often, when words
fall short for describing an emotion, a picture conveys it aptly. The
thousand words that a picture speaks can be a story- story of a person
or story of a place or a combination of narratives of the person and
the place- anything. Hence, The People Place Project came up with a
photo contest for the next book- People Called Shillong.

All the people in a city have their own thoughts and perceptions about
their surroundings and have their own stories but not all stories can
be described in words; hence, this photo contest aims at unveiling
Shillong through pictures, portraying a different story. To reach out
to almost everybody, PPP collaborated with ‘The Northeast Today’ for
the contest.

An open call for photographs was given. Photographs- that portray a
story, that tell us about the ‘Real Shillong’ through its people and
places. The themes that could be followed for the contest were- street
photography, people photography and architectural/urban photography.
There was no limitation for the entries since we wanted to collect as
many different dimensions and photos as we could. The selected photos
will be published in the upcoming ‘People Called Shillong’ and its
coffee table version.

A single picture has the ability to bring up various angles,
dimensions and perspectives to look at something or someone. A picture
can stir up thoughts to actually sit and ponder over. It can take us
through a journey of thoughts and emotions, it gives us an opportunity
of imagination; imagining what is it that a picture is conveying, what
is being subtly said, what is it that is intangible yet very obvious
about the picture.

Shillong being a beautiful city with lots of unexplored aspects gives
that opportunity and it was our job to seek it. We got a lot of
beautiful candid shots, beautiful pictures in the entries and each
picture whether selected or not opened up a new window for us to look
at Shillong.

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The People Place Project is an initiative to chronicle the life and times we live in. Through a lens of people and places, we hope to pin together the narrative of how we have come to be here - our language, our thoughts, our attire, our structures - everything that defines us. The Project will travel through cities of the world to unravel fresh individual narratives that add to the whole. Started in 2014 under the title People Called Mumbai, the project now aims to travel across the prime cities of India and the globe. 

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