I rarely write about Photography. However, recently I had attended a photography exhibition which stuck to my head for reasons more than one and is definitely worth sharing.
A brief Intro of Areet
Areet Roychowdhury, student of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, has been an avid photographer from the age of 10. He wishes to use the medium of photography to bring about social change through awareness campaigns on equality. ‘Boys With Girls’ is a social media group created by him, attempting to create awareness and action to end gender discrimination. The first project presented by him is Project Unsafe, focusing on the need to change attitudes towards women, by which they feel safer and unexploited everywhere. Areet is helping children from Future Hope to learn photography on weekends. He was invited to Lincoln’s Cottage to attend the international Student’s Opposing Slavery summit this June in Washington DC by Ruchira Gupta to represent India and contribute to and be part of an ongoing dialogue worldwide to end trafficking. Areet is interested in sports, theatre, cinema and books and initiated a film appreciation club in his school and is also a part of Dolly Basu’s theatre group, Choopkatha.
The Photo exhibition was held at ICCR on August 5th 2017. A smart and commendable initiative taken by this young man to create awareness and action to end gender based discrimination. With more than 30 pictures on display, there was a strong message which perhaps needed to come from such a young talented photographer only. Gender discrimination is an issue which needs to be addressed strongly and most often we undermine the power of photography but once you go through this, you will realise the power and strong messages which are being driven through his work.
These are some of his works which got exhibited