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Blog | Photography

7 February 2017

Photo Series : Gay Pride March, Mumbai’17

This was my first Gay Pride March and I was a little excited to shoot the LGBT community . I was expecting a small gathering of around 100 people but what was in utter shock when the turnout of the march came to be more than 2000 people . Here are a few of my shots with the narrative behind them.

The LGBT March was organized by the www.gaypridebombay.org

Photos and words by ©Archit Rege

~ A huge crowd of 1000 people engulfs the Grant Road Bridge as the march begins ~

~ The March saw people coming out and encouraging others to come out with their sexuality to their loved ones. A satin multi-color flag was unfurled and waved with the help of many people. ~

 

~ The view from under the LGBT flag ~

As I was covering the parade from the front, I went and crossed the road and waited at a signal next to a standing Cop. Suddenly a Biker comes and cuts past me and the police officer stops him, The guy replied to let him go as he was late for a meeting, these gay people will take a lot of time. To my surprise, the cop looked at him and said, ‘so what? They are people too, they work too’ and glared back at the biker. He made it clear if he tried to get past him, he will take his license. For me, that was one of the biggest moment of the walk for if a police officer can understand and support someone’s sexuality then why not the Government? The Nation shouldn’t be far behind, after all, the government appoints the police.

~ Sushant Divgikar (centre), Mr Gay India 2014, accompanied by his friends. ~

~ A gay couple proudly display their relationship and support for the LGBT community ~

~ A man holds a signs to show how support for the legal marriage law contradicts our right to equality and freedom even though India has been independent for over 70 years. ~

~ A guy holds the LGBT flag with pride ~

~ Mothers come out to support equality in their initiative called ‘Mother’s for Equality’ and hold signs to support their child irrespective of their sexuality. ~

~ College students joined for equality for doctors. ~

~ A proud father joined the walk to support his son’s sexuality ~

~ A guy wears an angel costume to the gay march ~

~ A cop stalls the traffic on one side and awaited the gay brigade as they started the LGBT march towards Grant Road Station ~

~ Three guys pose with bold costumes and pose for a quick capture. ~

Photos and words by ©Archit Rege

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Blog | Interviews

29 March 2016

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Interview with Avinash Jai Singh : Daaku Jai Singh of Illustrated World

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Inspiro India: Art/Illustration- How did you decide it was your calling ?

– I don’t think, you decide your calling. It’s the calling that chooses you. It’s the small little effort one puts in everyday for years. I have been painting, since i was a little kid and that too, was my in my initial years, it was my dad’s persistence to make me sketch every day. And I became better at visual literacy than anything else.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator ?

– I swear by Symbolism and Metaphors, it gives me an interesting layer to play around with and it’s always exciting to discover what lies beneath. This pop surreal world has enchanted me. People usually describe my art as, Unapologetic, unabashed, clean, bold and minimal. I just try to keep it organic. To me, they just come and merge into their surroundings and keep evolving into new ones. Unpredictable, because they surprise you or shock you but would never go un-notice. Light hearted and play-full art, I don’t design to offend anyone, but taking a cranky bit on mythological stories, history lessons and ever one around from everyday life is quite fun. I mean, there are no different challenges as such, because it’s really a journey, discovering your style, discovering your look, finding the right story to say. It all matters, and sometimes, doesn’t. You can’t force an art to be done. It takes its own time, to develop in our own conscious – subconscious mind. And you can’t do anything about it, until it’s ready. But sometimes, it gets tough, when you have to meet a certain deadline, for commercial project, then it can get tricky, sometimes.

 

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Inspiro India: Why do you love illustration? Can you please explain about your work process particularly ’30 Days of summer’ series?

– Illustrations are one of those mediums, where i can work independently, unlike photography or direction, where i need to have a team in place which in itself is an exhausting job. I mean, sometimes, emotions or thoughts or ideas, are so strong that i want to put it on paper there and then, I am trying to put some ideas in photography as well but that requires planning and team management. It can’t just happen, instantly. I have to wait it out for stylist, set designers, models to come together. But in illustration, it’s just you and that one blank piece of paper. One of my self-initiated project, was to sketch every day and about the strongest emotion i felt in last 24 hours which turned out to become, 30 Days of Summer, with that one emotion, i used to thread a story around it. I have tried defining a certain style and using a certain palette to express the mood, one helluva ride that one month was.

 

Image00003 Him – Can I take a nap in your ocean of thoughts?
Her – only if you’re not scared of the storm. ~ A
Image00004 I stare at the broken man in the mirror, with a hollow, laugh of despair

Inspiro India: How satisfied are you with the artist you are right now?

– Hahaha, initially I thought, i would feel more settled in head once this series is done, but damn, as soon as i finished this. I got more hungry for ideas. And now i don’t think there’s a thing called satisfaction, in art. More you create, you’ll realize, how little you actually know. So it’s quite a crazy scene. But as an artist, my work has a certain visual language now, a defined style, which easily stands out. So, yeah, that way i am doing pretty well.

 

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Image00007 Our Explicit dreams and weird thoughts, Priceless!
Image00008 The jar of space, for every relationship.

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? And Some creative tips you’d like to share?

– If you feel it, just say it. One needs to feel it, to say it. Be sensitive towards things around you, world u live in. observe and absorb. And what you do every day, makes you, who you are Not what you do occasionally.

 

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Image00010©Avinash Jai Singh

Inspiro India: What do you think about Inspiro India Magazine?

– You guys have been quite a pleasant platform for creative guys. The stories you publish motivates a lot of people like us. who don’t have a real job (as per our parents) :) it’s the magic of creating, which is above anything else. God Bless.

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Blog | Travel

28 March 2016

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Dhom Lake – Nature’s big secret! by Aishwarya Choudhary

Never had I seen a secret as big as the marvel that Dhom lake is. We took interest in seeing all famous points, the other lake in Mahabaleshwar and the famous gardens of Panchgani but no website or other sources told us about Dhom Lake in Wai, just an hour’s drive from Panchgani. Thankfully, no one needed to tell us about its existence. We could see it from everywhere – the resorts, the high points, the table land and even the roads at some points. Yet, not many seem to be interested in exploring beyond the obvious recommendations and points. What a miss, I’d say! If you ever wish to take a weekend off to rejuvenate yourself with a trip to a place lesser known, or with something which can appropriately blow your mind, take a trip to Dhom lake without any doubts in the credibility of its beauty.

 

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The lake is near Dhom dam which is situated in the valley of the hills in Satara and anyone in the village Wai can guide you to it. It is about 5 hours away from Mumbai and you can conveniently drive to it or take a bus to Panchgani and then a taxi down to Wai. It is an untouched and unexploited spectacle, so to say, with no hotels, restaurants or even a tea-stall around it. To use the washroom, you have to climb about half a kilometre uphill until you find a little shack that offers washrooms for use, tea and snacks if need be, and has beautiful hammocks for you to rest. Other than that, you can camp at the lake side and a few tents can be arranged for you. If you are lucky enough you can find an occasional Bhutta-wala serving delicious spicy corn-cobs.

 

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And oh! You do have one boating facility there which can take you around the lake in a boat for 5-10 minutes if you wish to but you’d rather stay lakeside and absorb nature’s elegance with the beautiful birds, impish ducks that play around and a few gorgeous geese that flock up at the side. I found myself a beautifully adorned camel, a few tamed horses and an extremely cute, playful dog named Milo! The place can never disappoint you. Mark my words, never. It is quite an irony that the Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar has unending lines of people in front of the ticket booth for boating and water sports, but a lake quadruple its size just about 20-30 kilometres away goes unnoticed and uninteresting. Or so it seems. In fact, to make an impression of it in your mind, I’d have to tell you that it is much like Pangong lake in Laddakh; just a friendlier Maharashtrian version of it. I would go as far as to say that is a phenomenon to find and experience a wonder as such in the close vicinity of a metropolitan.

 

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For all of you who’d love to take a peek and see it for yourself, stay a while, I’d suggest. Catch the sunrise if you may, or spend your day until the sun rests behind the hills. The lake has a quintessential feel of itself unlike other ones. The lovely breeze, the water pretty friendly, the birds so quirky and the peaceful landscape can win you over and you’ll find yourself making a promise to return again. Artists and lovers, families and friends, travellers or just lost souls can all find solace in the serenity of it. Let it engulf you in its beauty and you’ll have a story of yourself to tell.