It hasn’t been long since we became a part of the nationwide ride that encompassed 18 states, with more than 5,000 riders coming together for a cause, called the We’re One Ride. We definitely saw a lot more than what met the eye. Apart from witnessing the superbikes and supercars, we also came across some #Superhumans who had a belief that would put our willpowers to shame. We saw that the world actually becomes a better place when we come together and work for good.
Post the We’re One Ride, our partnering NGO, KnowDisability.org took up the task of creating new job opportunities and skill sets for the Superhumans. The very first thing on the list was to expose them to the world of photography and make them see that the world is far more than what meets the eye.
It has taken 4 months of intense training for the Superhumans and it has been quite a journey.
Let’s take you on a virtual trip with these new found photographers.
Day 1. This is when they had their first ever tryst with the camera.
This was the first time the Superhumans held a professional DSLR Camera. They had absolutely no idea what framing means, no clue as to how important it is to balance a camera before taking a shot.
Understanding elements was a challenge and to many, these pictures would have depicted a hopeless future ahead.
They clicked pictures without faces, pictures without focus, pictures without any meaning whatsoever, but, they clicked.
And they got there, slowly but steadily.
Slowly, they got to know the camera and how to click. Success still seemed like a distant dream, but they started learning.
More often than not, the camera caught them unawares as they started getting the basic framing right.
But learning was fun and they smiled.
Sometimes they did get some decent shots.
But, there was a lot more scope for learning and improvement.
Leading to a great future ahead.
The superhumans did a superb job finding leading lines, the situation where objects form lines and add depth to the image.
They looked at lines here and there and clicked all that they saw.
Noticing lines above their heads…
or in the plants around them.
They had a new found love for the walls…
…and, at times even tried posing with them.
Sometimes, they even found lines in places we forget to take notice.
The Superhumans clicked each other while finding lines.
And while at it, they had quite a lot of fun with their mentor. They were dedicated to work and lots of play, and as they started getting used to the camera, they got better.
And then they started shooting products using focus points.
Clicking each other was a flexible exercise, but here came the twist. They were now about to try hands on commercial product photography and it needed a lot of focus and attention.
Yet, they had fun. Not only was it something new, but also helped them experiment with their creativity.
Also, for the smaller products, they learnt how to create a makeshift studio. It was as overwhelming as it was shocking to see that such a thing could be created, generating such beautiful pictures!
Once they got used to shooting products, we thought of making them meet the photographers’ cheapest and best friend, natural light.
What came next was portraits shot by them of each other in natural light, and did they surprise us? Well…
Quite contrary to where they had started, the Superhumans bravely made eye contact with the camera, and posed like they were born to do it.
Not all pictures came out as planned, but they’d started!
They yawned and frowned and smiled and posed and had fun while at it.
And then, they hit the studio.
Entering a whole new world, understanding lights, handling them, setting up and pre-production. We had fears as to where the #Superhumans would lead us, but now that we’re there, we can say it’s quite a bright path.
That’s the #Superhumans very first day in a studio.
While they were still figuring out how those big studio lights function.
But it happened!
And we were like WOW! We can’t believe they’ve come this far!
But it happened, and it happened for good.
With time the #Superhumans proved their mettle and showed us how much they can achieve if given the chance. It surely makes us believe in the cause even more and we look forward to the second version of the We’re One Ride in 2017.
And here’s the man who did this job here!
Mohit Ahuja, the photography teacher who has given these kids a new outlook on life and creativity, is a professional photographer himself and joined hands with KnowDisability.org for these kids. He strongly believes in the potential of these children and is usually found appreciating their shots.
“If we don’t believe in them, who will?,” he asks.