Mumbai or amchi Bombay is the epitome of diversity you can find in India. The city lives on dreams and money; the city breathes liveliness and never sleeps except when the earth is not moving! It is the largest city of the country that has seen a drastic shift in terms of commercialization and this very fact veils a coastline full of art and artists, not to forget our very own Bollywood along with the eclectic spirit of both the rich and poor along with the cosmopolitan touch to dexterity.
So, if you stay in the city or are planning to hop in there, here is my take on how you should plan out your photographic journey across the city!
“Mumbai is infectious” – that is exactly how Yash Chopra described the city and no denizen begs to differ. Want to get an ethos of it? Just join any heritage walk across the Gateway or the caves of Elephanta, the mighty Taj, the spirit of Haji Ali and the steps of the famous Asiatic library. Click your way through sculptures and moods using innovative perspectives.
Oceans, Beaches and Gardens
What is Mumbai without its sprawling juhus and binding bandras? I am pretty sure movies like ‘wake up Sid’ and ‘jaane tu ya jaane Na’ would have at some point made you think to giddy up and get your cameras into action! The Bandra Worli Sea Link, evergreen Marine Drive and the salty aromas of the Arabian Sea will quench your long thirst of dramatic sea shore shots.
Hills and Greens
I am not even vaguely kidding when I say this but if you are the hiking kind the city provides you a platform for that as well. The Kharghar hills, Lonavla, Panvel and the high stepped ghats provide you a respite from the busy city environment where you can click waterfalls and monsoon pictures and never get bored. (NEVER)
Buildings and Architecture
Bambai sheher is home to not only multilingual people but also multi-prototypes of architecture and the history behind it is as enthralling as capturing the details of it in your machine. What more does a photographer need other than some polished inspiration from both minimalism & extremism?
Local Markets, Lifestyles and Favelas
People is as is the living being of Mumbai, they are what makes the city what it is and you are committing a crime if you are not capturing the mad-rad life they lead! Get some excellent portrait shots at the bustees (dharavi) and the fast paced viability. Colaba and Hill road, Urban Haats and dhobi Ghats. Finesse your street photography skills in South Mumbai if not anywhere else. Do not forget to get burst shots of local trains and crowd at Churchgate!
Pubs and Nightlife
The city that indeed never sleeps has a maddening night life apart from enthralling kala ghoda festivals and comic cons. Mumbai literally shifts hues with its clubs playing juke boxes and summer of 69 vibes giving goose bumps to you as you groove in to the tunes of it. And for those who do not like the idea of it try some clichés like bokeh at queen’s necklace.
Posh Galis and Enchanting Cafeterias
Mumbai has some of the cutest cafes with classy interiors. Enjoy clicking aesthetic pictures while grabbing a bite and for all the connoisseurs out there, food blogging anyone? Exhaust all your ideas while taking a walk across poweye, Pali hill and cuffe parade because every corner is capturable!
Festivals and Frolic
The essential demographic of Mumbai’s culture- ganesh chaturthi demands to be stored in your hardrive as they bring along a plethora of colours and smiles. The people dance to the tunes of the lord and it’s almost a challenge to let go of these frames. New Years Eve fireworks at marine drive is also not to be missed.
Hence, have fun and make your photo journal Mumbainised!
Written by SHraddha Ghosh for WorldPhotographersClub.com
All pictures are from PIXABAY
Cover Photo by Paras Prateek