Sunday, August 24, 2008

Marathon Runners

I had the opportunity to be present at the flag off ceremony of 21 km long half marathon for men near my home town. I, therefore, made this image to reflect its spirit.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Risking Childhood is my second image which has been accepted by National Geographic and displayed in the columns of Your Shot, dated April 8,2008. I was touched by two aspects in this image. First, a child’s life is being risked to earn livelihood. Secondly, there is a contrast between the life style of a poor family’s child and the one capturing the daring attempt with a mobile camera.

Against Odds is my first image which appeared in the columns of National Geographic’s Your Shot on November 28, 2007. I made this image while crossing a bridge over a river as I saw a girl walking up stream. This acceptance by the National Geographic was a good encouragement.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Salute to the Nation is one of my favourit images. I made this image on my way to Leh from Manali in north India.
Accompanied by two of my friends, I was on way to Leh. As we crossed Manali, there was a traffic jam with long queues of vehicles, especially of tourists with most of them bound for Rohtang Pass. As we waited for traffic to move, a truck of Border Roads Organisation carrying labourers tried to go ahead of others, but it too had to stop. The moment I saw a child sitting on trucks top I started taking his photographs, but suddenly his elders made him stand and the child himself posed with a salute.

Links to my published write-ups

The following are the titles and links to some of my published works:

1- Solar Eclipse- Opportunity for Images of Human Interest (PSA Journal, June 2010)
http://www.faqs.org/periodicals/201006/2060384241.html
2- A date with his Holiness Dalai Lama (PSA Journal, September 2008)
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-184852066.html
3-A Glimpse into the Darkness of Life (PSA Journal, July 2007)
http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-6770690_ITM
4-Search for “Off-beat” Subjects (PSA Journal, March 2007)
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1306/is_3_73/ai_n18765544
5-Photojournalism Today (Better Photography, October 2006)http://www.betterphotography.in/showstory.php?storyid=523&pg=2
6.International Lavi Fair: A Photographic Opportunity (PSA Journal Sept 2006)http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-151664076.html
7. Photography Making Travel by Train Fun (PSA Journal, Jan 2005)
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-127543040.html
8. Gujarat Earthquake (PSA Journal July 2002, Special PJ Issue)
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1306/is_7_68/ai_89079279
9. On Painting Roads (The Tribune, July 12, 2002)http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020712/art-trib.htm#2
10. Photography Without Sunshine (The Tribune January 5,2001)http://www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20010105/art-trib.htm#1
11. The Joy of Photojournalism (The Tribune, September 22, 2000)http://www.tribuneindia.com/2000/20000922/art-trib.htm#1
12. Share The Fun of Photography (The Tribune, October 29,1999)
13. Photojournalism

Reports on my Solo ExhibitionsI had my first solo exhibition entitled as “Us Kleidoscope”
and second solo show entitled as “In Passing”

Human Interest

The element of human interest has always fascinated me ever since I took to photography at an early age. Over the years my interest in photography has been propelled by my urge to explore this art of expression. This hobby has become a rewarding passion getting me recognition from international photographic organizations including Photographic Society of America and India International Photographic Council.
I am currently into Public Relations by profession.
My detailed profile can be viewed at my website
www.subhashsapru.com
Although I did not have any formal education in photography, the postgraduate diploma in journalism which I did in late 70s has enabled me to continue to pursue my interest in photojournalism with an added zeal. Making story telling images of human interest is my passion.
Images of people in interactive situations and reflecting human emotions quickly draw our attention. However, such images make their impact felt more quickly than the written words. This is the reason that photography has enhanced the impact and utility of all forms of media.
The Wikipedia encyclopedia defines a human interest story as a
news story that discusses a person or persons in an interactive and or emotional way. It presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest or sympathy in the reader or viewer. Human interest stories may be the story behind the story about an event, organization or otherwise faceless historical happening, such as about the life of an individual soldier during war-time, an interview with a survivor of a natural disaster, or profile of someone known for a career achievement.
In photography, the element of human interest is a part of photojournalism.. Photographs of photojournalism category are sequences with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. To be specific, the aspect of human interest includes photographs showing human beings in unusual and interactive situations. Despite sports actions being all concerning human interest,, these do not fall under the separate section of human interest. Sports actions form a part of the broader category of photojournalism.
Many international photographic organizations and photographic clubs in several countries organize photo exhibitions with photojournalism as one of the categories. Some of the organizers make a separate category for images of human interest. For instance, the annual international exhibition of Photographic Society of America (
http://www.psa-photo.org) has Human Interest as an independent section in photojournalism category. This section receives a considerable number of entries from all over the world. You may try your images of human interest at such exhibitions.