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Owning A Cam Doesn’t Make One A Photographer

Ouch! Even though it’s crass we all agree with this line. But then, what is it that makes one a great photographer? Come, let’s learn it from a veteran wedding photographer Adrian McDonald who happened to capture a few pictures of children playing around his house.

Like any other day, Adrian was taking photos of nature in his courtyard when he heard chuckles coming from his neighbourhood. Captivated by the gleeful laughter, he went on to discover a couple of kids swinging, and playing with their toys. And there he got it — the most outstanding pictures he had ever captured in his life.

Adrian’s photos were not only loved across the globe but were also put up by the popular news blog, the Huffington Post. When asked about does he hope for before taking capturing an image, he said, “I hope the image warms the heart of those who see it.” Isn’t it amazing?

Take a look at these caught in the moment snaps showing innocent little kids enjoying the time of their childhood which cannot be missed as Adrian has already captured it: Jamaican Photographer Who Captured Childhood In Just A Few Clicks

Hope Quotes:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickinson

Why I still don’t find anything wrong in the ‪#‎VogueEmpower‬ Video

India’s popular fashion magazine Vogue India released a video in support of it’s campaign Women Empowerment. Bollywood’s top best actress Deepika Padukone was featured in the film along with 98 other women. The lyrics penned down by Kersi Khambatta were misinterpreted by audience as it failed to portray the women behind each thought. The video directed by Homi Adajania was severely criticized by the nation, and the actress who was once known for her smartness became a target of mockery overnight.

Take a look:

While many stood against the film due to its two controversial lines, this is how I viewed it and showed my support.

Line 1 ~ My choice; to have your baby or not
They heard Deepika Padukone’s voice. I heard these women:
– A married woman forced by her husband and family to have a kid.
– A rape victim not wanting to carry her rapist’s child in her womb.
– A forcefully married lesbian, impregnated by her husband.
To have a baby or not, ‪#‎TheirChoice‬.

– A young girl who got pregnant not because she and her beloved boyfriend were ignorant but because the condom accidentally broke. If she chooses to be a single mother inspite of the challenges that lie ahead of her, it’s ‪#‎HerChoice‬.

Motherhood is a very beautiful experience. The mother-infant bond is incredible. After delivering a baby, a woman not only changes mentally and emotionally but physically too. It’s not easy to be a mother. A woman goes through a lot of pain before and after having a baby. In the end, it’s all worth it.

If someone doesn’t want to experience this. Why judge them? Why force them? Why stop them from speaking for themselves?

Line 2 ~ To have sex outside marriage; to not have sex, my choice.
They heard Deepika’s voice. I heard these women:
– A married woman whose man disappeared after having kids to be a saint leaving her all alone without her consent, without divorce.
– A woman who married a gay man because she found a lifelong friend in him. (Remember Janet from film Fashion?)
– A woman in open marriage with her husband.

If these women choose to have sex outside marriage why shall we who believe in monogamy and fidelity judge, restrict and question them?

The ‪#‎VogueEmpower‬ video may have failed to portray whose thoughts it’s actually conveying; in the end it’s also how you see it.

Deepika Padukone Vogue Empower Film My Choice Video

I was sleepless last night. I woke up at 4 in the morning and stood at my window. I wanted to go down alone and roam around but I didn’t have the guts. I continued staring at the empty streets searching for human. After a while I saw a woman walking down the street and said to myself, ‘Wow! So gutsy.’ Then I wondered if she is a sex-worker and corrected myself- Even if she is WHO AM I TO JUDGE? IT’S HER WILL. IT’S HER CHOICE. I left the window with lots of respect for her and put myself to sleep.

I woke up at 9 and and to my surprise found #VogueEmpower video supporting my thoughts; something I was really waiting for. My hearty thanks to everyone who contributed to the making of this campaign and specially thanks to Kersi Khambatta for penning down the beautiful lines.

Transcript of the film:

My body, my mind, my choice
To wear the clothes I like; even if my spirit roams naked
My choice; to be a size 0 or a size 15
They don’t have a size for my spirit, and never will
To use cotton and silk to trap my soul is to believe that you can halt the expansion of the universe
Or capture sunlight in the palm of your hand
Your mind is caged, let it free
My body is not
Let it be
My choice
To marry, or not to marry
To have sex before marriage, to have sex out of marriage, or to not have sex
My choice
To love temporarily, or to lust forever
My choice
To love a man, or a woman, or both
Remember; you are my choice, I’m not your privilege
The bindi on my forehead, the ring on my finger, adding your surname to mine, they’re all ornaments and can be replaced
My love for you cannot, so treasure that
My choice; to come home when I want
Don’t be upset if I come home at 4am
Don’t be fooled if I come home at 6pm,
My choice; to have your baby or not
To pick you from 7 billion choices or not
So don’t get cocky
My pleasure might be your pain
My songs, your noise
My order, your anarchy
Your sins, my virtues
My choices are like my fingerprints
They make me unique
I am the tree of the forest
I am the snowflake not the snowfall
You are the snowflake
Wake up
Get out of the shit storm
I choose to empathise
Or to be indifferent
I choose to be different
I am the universe
Infinite in every direction
This is my choice.

P.S. Those who think this video is against our culture or anything else- Empathize. Your mind is caged, let it free.