Photographer at Large: Indrajit Khambe
How to shoot an emotional moment
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?
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.
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.
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.