I, my universe, and the world is under severe crisis due to the outbreak of Covid19 (Corona Virus). People from different parts of the world are fighting the same war sitting inside their homes what I would say as, under complete isolation.
Nature always teaches us lessons when a man does not show proper respect for it. As India is a highly populated country with more than 1.3 billion people, it is really difficult to tame this kind of outbreak, yet everybody is fighting with the virus as no vaccine to date has been invented.
For the last four months, we have accustomed ourselves to the situation and learned how to fight against the virus. No matter how strong physically or mentally we are, it will have a direct or indirect effect on our body and mind.
Just like any regular day, I was watching the daily news on television, and suddenly I felt scared to know that a very powerful cyclone named “AMPHAN” is about to hit our city within a day or two.
It really was a scary situation for the people of our city, Kolkata, as we were not aware of how to deal with both calamities simultaneously. I was really unprepared.
The cyclone arrived on 20.20.2020. It was raining since morning and slowly it started showing its devastating stance. It lasted for almost 5 hours out of which 2 hours were massive, which turned our beautiful city into a devastated land.
More than 15 thousand houses were demolished and more than 82 people had lost their lives. 70% of the big trees of our city and other parts of the Bengal have been uprooted and most of the trees had fallen on the electricity wires causing complete black-out around our state.
Due to heavy rain, there was also a flood-like situation all over the state. The estimated loss due to cyclone was about 13.2 billion dollars as per official records. Those 3 to 5-hours of the storm was very intimidating for us.
It was really impossible for me to see through the windows as the rainfall was so dense, I could only hear the sound of the wind and rain. The probable wind speed varied from 155 to 185 km/h accompanied by heavy rainfall and landfall in various districts and their adjacent areas.
Photography has always given me enough psychological support. It sometimes works as a medicine, sometimes as a source of relaxation for the mind. To some, it is a gateway for self-realization.
While the cyclone was passing through our city, My wife and I were busy sweeping out rainwater seeping through windows. It took us, almost 20-minutes to control the incoming rainwater by placing containers at few places so that the rainwater could be stored.
When the incoming water was controlled I took this as an opportunity to photograph the situation we were going through.
As there was no electricity, we had to use candles and some torches. I saw some play of light and shadows induced by the candlelight and to divert our minds from this scary situation and to restore normalcy within my house, I took my Fujifilm’s XF10 camera which is an entry-level, low-priced camera to play with those shadows. I also captured some in-house activities of my wife and my pet “Rio”.
Rio was placed aside with a chain just to save him from the candle and lizard or from other types of injury as it was totally dark due to the black-out.
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The only source of light was the candlelight. Photography under extremely low lights always fascinates me and it was really a challenge for me to do an experimental shot. Believe me, I was really loving when I was doing.
Because of the pandemic, I had started to understand the importance of relationship and the importance of offering time to my near ones. I could also understand the importance of “me time”, the whole universe exists as long as I am alive.
I started photographing everything. My old paintings, Rio, my wife, utensils, myself. I clicked them because these are the most valuable and important part and parcel of my life. Those 3 to 5 hours turn out to be a life-changing experience for me.
I took some photographs of my hand, legs with various light effects. These photographs are blurry, messy, full of noise, maybe not standard but the spirit that I experienced during the shoot was overwhelming.
I know these photographs are not classy but these are my personal moments of selfless, fearless joy where I lived every millisecond of it. That day I understood the true purpose of photography in my life.
Photography is all about me, me, and me. My imagination, my creation, and my self-realization within my own world. For every photographer this world is relative. Everybody has their own story to tell. Not only art but everything is relative in this world. Like we are learning every day and sometimes our concept also changes after a certain period of time. To know the limit or the boundary is impossible.
Sometimes it is better not to know everything. Knowing everything is a curse and it is always better to accept truth that we know very little in respect to our universe.
Accepting your ignorance is an art and as long as you are accepting this, you are blessed where immense possibility is waiting for you to explore.
Whatever I wrote here is my personal perception. You may always disagree with any of my views shared above. A few of my work is shared here for you all.