I'm Craig Boehman, a commercial photographer based out of Mumbai, India. I shoot for magazines and online publications. I also work for clients on a project basis, focusing on street photography and social causes assignments for NGOs and non-profits. Visit my website at www.Streettog.org
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I've been doing street photography in Mumbai for just under a year. Formerly a 'pure breed' writer, I rediscovered photography--street photography--after taking a workshop in Bandra. My life quickly transformed from arduously organizing words on my word processor to quickly framing pixels in my viewfinder. My answer to the "What do you do?" question changed from writer, to writer-photographer, to photographer-writer, and finally, to what it says on my business card today: photographer. Pure breed, no hyphens.
The children were industriously drawing when we arrived. They were concentrating with more determination than I thought possible for a group of roughly a dozen young ones ranging from ages five and six up to 10 or so. They were almost too quiet. But that was about to change when Andrea and Luca took over the watch for a couple hours.
St. Jude provides medical treatment and support for rural families travelling with their children to the cities for cancer treatment. They have multiple centres and facilities in five Indian cities and have admitted more than 6500 children to date.
It's only when I see all the wonderful colours emanating from the railroad ties and tracks -- contrasting with all the dull, gray stones, garbage, and what must be a plague of hungry flies attracted to the sewage-scented breeze -- that I'm reminded that these people live their day-to-day lives in what could be described as an autonomous region.
Annette Davol's debut novel Spell Blues was released in hardback in the autumn of 2015. Here she talks about her influences -- ranging from William S. Burroughs to spiritual mysticism to Louisiana's vibrant music tradition -- and a novel that plays with a variety of conventions and genres.
A street photographer at heart, I chastise myself when I don't get out enough in Mumbai to photograph its people and places. But with a new building going up within shouting distance of my balcony, I'm rediscovering India -- from 10 stories high.
Set for an autumn release in the US, the documentary film Walls and the Tiger highlights the plight of farmers facing displacement from their land due to the nationwide push for economic development. The film focuses on a community of farmers in Andhra Pradesh who are fighting to retain ownership of their property.
My introduction to street photography, in all its raw and rugged glory, left its mark. I finally discovered a niche that I could embrace. What followed next was photographic awakening during a trip to Kolkata.
In a recent trip to Kolkata in May, I captured some images on the streets of Kolkata during a pretty mean heatwave. Temperatures reached up to 39 degrees Celsius coupled with the usual high humidity levels. I thought I'd share some of these images with you here while I'm out shooting in Mumbai during the monsoon.
A good horror movie demands pin drop silence during its most terrifying moments. When the protagonist tiptoes down the dark hallway to investigate the strange gargling sound coming from her daughter's bedroom, the last thing the director intended you to hear is the R2-D2 sound bank of noises emanating from some idiot's cell phone.
When I read the headlines about the beef ban this week, a couple thoughts struck me. A five year prison sentence for being in possession of meat! Are you kidding me? Makes the 10,000 rupee fine seem like an absurd punchline to a prison joke.
I've learned not to disregard cafe small talk, especially when bartering for time with an electrical outlet. I've come to view haggling over an electrical outlet as the modern-day equivalent of grunting cavemen sitting around the fire, working things out. A little "primitive" communication went a long way, didn't it? Without fire, we would have not developed civilisation.