Imagine getting up every morning, days after days, and months after months without any new things happening, without any surprises, without any hopes, without a step towards success or even a challenge. Then we surely will feel that the life is boring. “If we are growing, we are always going to be out of the comfort zone” says John C Maxwell. Being out of the comfort zone means facing the challenges. And where there are challenges, there are failures! So growth cannot be achieved without failing. Even a newborn baby cries first, smiles later. Diwali is the festival of Light. And Light brings happiness that we always long for. However it is important to be aware of the fact, that, unless we dive into the depths of sadness we can’t climb the real heights of happiness. During Diwali festival too on Narakchaturdashi day we traditionally kill Narkasur by symbolically crushing Karit and tasting its bitter juice (symbolically presumed as blood) before enjoying the Diwali sweets. It’s also famously said in Marathi ‘Divya khali andhar astoch!’ Similarly in visual language; the light (happiness) cannot be defined without the shadow (sorrow). In other words one needs the darkness to see the light. You will always find those next to each other, like neighbors. Light and Shadow! That’s the beauty of life and that’s what brings beauty to any artistic photograph.
Photography literary means ‘writing with the light’, but to practice photography, to write with light, a photographer first uses a dark space. That is why there is complete darkness inside a camera before we begin to ‘write with the light’. We get a great deal of satisfaction if our efforts bring smile on the face of a sorrowful soul. Photography gives me extreme satisfaction, as writing with the light in a dark frame is just like writing the happiness on a sad mind. It’s the satisfaction than merely a contented feeling. Every photo consists of the light and the shadows, just like everybody’s life has happiness and sorrows. Here is a series of my photographs, conceptualized and shot specially, keeping in mind this aspect of photography and its correlation with life - ‘Jindagi hai dhoop aur chhaon ka khel’! Or as they say in English ‘Life is a game of Light and Shadow!’