Jun 292015
 

Photographer at Large: Indrajit Khambe

How to shoot an emotional moment

 

© Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

Adam’s Note

How much distance can we put between the camera and our subject?  Is it a matter that can be measured in feet and meters or is the distance an invisible emotion that ties us to a moment?

When Indrajit, a reader of the site, contacted me, his email brought up a touching point.  His wife had just been through a stressful ordeal with the birth of their second child.  The premature delivery came with a number of risks.  It was an emotional time for them both.  But in spite of the situation, Indrajit felt compelled to capture this intense moment for his family.  There is no clear line where the photographer end and the participant begins.  It is something that everyone must work out for themselves.  Ask yourself, how close or how far do you feel from the pictures you make?

Pre-Mature

by Indrajit Khambe

I live in very small town in India, which has a population of about 40,000.  It might not be the tiniest village, but for an Indian city it is on the small side.  Since 2002 I’ve run computer repair shop.  Photography is not my profession, but it is not a passion.  In 2012 I first picked up a camera. Once the internet availability came in to my town, I started studying various photographers from the history. But one photographer who struck me emotionally was Josef Koudelka. I loved his work a lot and it felt relevant when we were about to have our second child.

© Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

We got news at end of July that my wife is pregnant second time. The doctors gave us a delivery date around first week of April. Everything was all right until December 14th.  Then in first week of January a scan reported sudden lyker drop in a womb.  Doctors suggested two options. One is delivering 7 months pre-matured baby or Amnioinfusion (depositing lyker externally in the womb) treatment. But during this treatment there was a risk of disturbing the fetus. After long debate, we decided to take a risk and go for second option so baby can get a time to grow in mother’s womb. We did this process until the first week of February.  After a week the scan reported another lyker drop. So we repeated the same process around 12th feb. and again on 22nd of Feb. Then on 3rd of March scan reported lyker totally drained.  The doctor took a decision of emergency caesarean on 3rd of March. We blessed with quite a healthy weight (2.4 K.G.) baby.  The baby was 5 weeks premature. But when pediatrician examined baby they were quite happy with the healthy symptoms of baby and said there is no need of taking baby in to NICU.

© Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

My daughter Saee drew a sketch imagining that she is playing in a garden with her upcoming sister of brother. © Indrajit Khambe

My daughter Saee drew a sketch imagining that she is playing in a garden with her upcoming sister of brother. © Indrajit Khambe

My daughter Saee spending her time dancing on a song performed on the TV show. © Indrajit Khambe

My daughter Saee spending her time dancing on a song performed on the TV show. © Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

In this process I spent around twenty five days in hospital with my wife and 4 year old daughter. Most of the time I managed things like medicines and food etc. No one from my family was available to help at hospital. So I squeezed in shooting when I could, even though I was juggling my four year old daughter at the same time.  I captured the best possible movements of our lives around those days. Sometime it was hard to capture some intense moments because I failed to detach me emotionally from watching my wife’s pain. But I tried my best.  In the end, I will allow the pictures to speak for themselves.

© Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

Emergency caesarean taking place in operation theater © Indrajit Khambe

Emergency caesarean taking place in operation theater © Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

© Indrajit Khambe

Nurse brought Seema out from OT after completion of operation. Seema is still under a effect of anesthesia © Indrajit Khambe

Nurse brought Seema out from OT after completion of operation. Seema is still under a effect of anesthesia © Indrajit Khambe

The baby is one month premature, nurse holding a oxygen mask which help baby to take a breath in external environment. Hence the baby is one month premature, nurse holding a oxygen mask which help baby to take a breath in external environment. © Indrajit Khmambe

The baby is one month premature, nurse holding a oxygen mask which help baby to take a breath in external environment. Hence the baby is one month premature, nurse holding a oxygen mask which help baby to take a breath in external environment. © Indrajit Khambe

Baby boy holding his sister hand.  And the relationship continues. © Indrajit Khambe

Baby boy holding his sister hand. And the relationship continues. © Indrajit Khambe

 

 

  6 Responses to “Photographer at Large: Indrajit Khambe”

  1. These pictures show the true power and greatness of photography. Photography has the power to catch and preserve precious fleeting moments of time. Moments Indrajit thought about, knew they were life events and wanted to physically hold on to them in the form of a picture. Saee can look at these photographs later in life and remember the day her brother was born. It will mean even more to her knowing that they were her father’s pictures too.

    Adam asks us how far or close do we feel emotionally to the pictures we make. This is very thought provoking indeed. I can tell you even though I did not take these pictures, I feel emotionally close to them. It does not matter they were taken in a country far from me, a culture I have never experienced.

    This is the power of photography.

    Great work Indrajit.

  2. Heart Touching Situation…
    n Photographs also….

  3. Power of photography lies in its ability to create a perfect picture of moments. I personally love Black and White photographs. Above pictures are so strong in depicting sense of emotions i. e. Love, pain, bond between siblings, childhood dreams. And the picture of fan just reminds me law of movement.. Great work by Indrajit Sir!!!

  4. Amazing photography Indrajit. Beautifully shot and emotionally compelling subject matter. Well done. The last picture was most poignant and inspirational. I wish you and your family much prosperity and happiness.

    Thank you Adam for sharing his journey with us.

  5. What a work! I do not have words to express…..
    Your wife Seema is also Great, who agreed to take photos of such moments….
    Photos communicate deeeeeeeeeeply your experience……
    You will work lot in Photography…..

    खूप खूप शुभेच्छा!

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