Recently, I have been to the Surujkund fair (Mela) Location - Faridabad, HR, INDIA. This fair is always celebrated & organised by the Indian Govt on yearly basis, in February at least 14-15 days. every year fair chooses to follow a different theme as per the state of India. It has thousands of participants come from different states of India and abroad to sell and exhibit their products like handmade products, artefacts, rituals, antiques, handicrafts, garments, toys, gifts and other handmade products and accessories etc. Of course, thousands of food stalls also grab your attention.
Here I would like to mention this is a good spot for all beginner and travel photographers to capture different cultures, different rituals, artists, dancers, products, food etc. There are lots of dancers, and artists, who come from different backgrounds to perform on the stage and represent their state and country's culture. Also, they come into the limelight through newspaper and TV media etc. It is a very happening & Interesting place. No photographer must miss this opportunity to shoot.
I am going to this fair regularly to capture something different, unique, creative etc. This one-day shoot helped me to understand to capture in the crowd, handle camera equipment, capture different moods, and a variety of angels helps you to learn different cultures, meet different people etc
Now the question arises, Everything is visible to all the photographers and every photographers captures the same shot, which may be a little annoying, to avoid this situation you must capture those things which are hardly visible to everyone like capturing textures, micro subjects, big statues, night shots (beginner photographer avoid shooting in the night) dance movement, dancers etc
In these types of crowdy places, you must be very quick and your camera speed must at its best setting to capture. You must be very attentive to capture, sometimes your alertness can give a memorable shot. The photographer must regularly visit all the fairs happening near their hometown. this work is great to create a good collection of your photographs. This can help you to put all your photographs in your exhibition. It's a good start to organise your photograph exhibition. Plan your exhibition.
Conclusion - fair is a good place to shoot, It has people, artefacts, creative gifts, dancers, a stage, performances, different cultures etc. One roof has all the content to shoot. A good exercise to gain good photography experience. explore and Shoot.
Keep experimenting! Have wonderful and Happy Photography Life to you all.
Photographer & Blogger Prasenjeet Gautam (www.prasenjeetgautam.com) has captured above-posted image of an old man statue (Country -Taiwan), Location- Surujkund Fair. INDIA