Glimpses of my Life
World Photography Day is celebrated on the 19th of August. On this day, people all around the world are encouraged to express themselves and communicate their feelings through the art of photography.
Photographs have been long used to document history. Photographs provide us with a glimpse into the past and can even be used to imagine a very extraordinary future. It is well-known that even the field of photography and photojournalism, photographers are heavily dominated by men. Coupled with the fact that even the writers of history have well-ignored women; presenting a narrative that is near devoid of the experiences, stories, and struggles of the entire half of the population of the world. However, against all the odds, women have risen up against the perpetual subjugation. Feminist movements all over the world bear testimony to this fact. Women have written about their struggles, expressed them through stories, poems, and autobiographies and the list goes on. Photography has been one of the mediums through which women have been able to tell their side of the story to the whole world. Photography has been used as a tool of self-determination, a way through which women have been able to forge new identities and has also functioned as a crucial tool for exposing social inequalities.
On this occasion of World Photography Day, North East Network had reached out to women peer leaders from various districts of Assam with the aim to encourage women to use photography as a medium to document their own lives and of the women around them. Their endless contributions to their families and to the larger society always go unnoticed and rarely acknowledged by anyone. They often do not even take a minute to stop and breathe and appreciate their own hard work. Women work from dusk till dawn, and yet their efforts are forever kept in the shadows. By capturing moments from their daily lives and the challenges they encounter, and putting them out into the world, they are able to look back at themselves and see their own worth and feel a sense of accomplishment.
North East Network had also conducted a Photography workshop for our peer leaders from the district of Assam on the 13th and 14th of August. the workshop was facilitated by Promod Saikia, a fellow team member from Green Hub. We at NEN are very grateful to Promod Saikia for leading the workshop, helping us and our FI’s learn extremely valuable photography techniques and skills.
Photographs taken by- MoyuriDutta from Golaghat, Narmada Devi from Darrang, Mousumi Sangmai from Dhemaji, Aparna from Dhemaji, Moon Bora from Golaghat, Parijat Borah from Udalguri, LalitaMazumder from Kamrup and Upani from Sonitpur.