An experience in capturing the beauty of everyday life
Photographers must always keep an eye out for arresting compositions in their daily routine. You never know where you might spot an interesting object that makes for a memorable image. Sometimes, I take my camera out for a walk and shoot strangers on the street. I usually take my camera with me wherever I go, and when I don’t, I truly miss it.
One morning, I accompanied a friend to a doctor’s appointment at the JJ Hospital in Byculla, Mumbai. It was a long wait, so I decided to stretch my legs. I walked down the corridors of the hospital, looking around. It was a simple ward with wooden partitions.
A little ahead, I came upon a quiet staircase. At first, it didn’t look like much. I just liked the curve of the wooden railing, washed over with the window light. Then I marvelled at the staircase for a moment – the unusual mix of wood and metal, how it was a continuous stretch without a mid-landing, the flow of its curve…. I was trying to absorb its old-world charm that was making me nostalgic for a time I’d never known.
I didn’t know how long I was simply standing there. And then, my friend hollered out to me. The doctor was in. I was about to turn away from the staircase, but, almost instinctively, I pulled out my phone and took a quick shot. Here it is,