Visit an Indian Brick Kiln
An interview with Tejal Mewar
Tejal Mewar tells us a bit about her photography and a very interesting photojournalism project in an Indian brick kiln. We welcome you to join in on the conversation. Enjoy the discussion and continue the conversation further in the comments.
Thank you Tejal for joining us today. We appreciate your time. Could you tell us briefly about how you got into photography and what genre of photography you like most?
“Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity.
Since my childhood, I am very much interested in art, especially, drawing, painting and other crafts. I started photography two years back. Before that, I used to take photographs with my digicam but never thought of developing this as a hobby. Seeing my photographs some of my friends encouraged me to buy a DSLR. Then every Sunday morning I started going out taking my camera for photography.
I like to capture candid moments on streets, people, their life, and also nature and fine art.”
Could you tell us where you are and what places you’ve shot in, if not the same as your home country?
“I am from Surat city of Gujarat state, India. Most of the pictures are of my own city or nearby. I prefer to visit places where I find some gathering of people, busy doing various activities, where I can capture their natural routine, but framing, and catching that special moment or angle can make it different.”
We actually came across your work in some of the street photography groups. You’re into street photography, but we also notice that you also like photojournalism. As some of your images really tell some interesting stories, surely even newsworthy?
“As I mentioned above, I like to capture street, people and their life. But I also like to capture photos of some places or activities of people through which I can tell a story about the place or activities.
I have recently visited a brick kiln, where I have tried to capture what they do, how they do it and the life of the workers there. Similarly I have also photographed salt pans, the waste disposal site of my town, a tribal fair and some other projects.
When I photograph these places, I do talk to the people there. This helps my to understand their routine, learn the process of what they do and see the people’s live’s. This often makes them feel more comfortable and helps me to portray their life and activities in best way through my photographs.”
You told us about your favourite photography project and story, you photographed at a brick kiln. Could you tell us about it?
“That definitely is my favourite story and project, my Brick Kiln series. For so long I was planning to visit some brick kiln but to get permission to photograph the activities from close was a bit difficult. Somehow I managed to get the go ahead a few months back.
At this brick kiln workers were both male and female. They were staying nearby in temporary made houses. Women were transferring the bricks from the kiln area to the truck standing beside. These females were carrying almost 10-12 bricks, all together on their head. The working condition was quite tough. Dust coming out, which made breathing even difficult.
Majority of brick kilns use wood and coal for baking the bricks which makes the brick kiln workers susceptible to high exposure of air pollution. All the workers were exposed to dust.
Thanks for sharing. Could you tell us a bit about the photographing at the location?
“At such places, everywhere you will find something interesting which you may not want to miss. To capture the core activities, I went quite close to them. Most of the pictures are taken between an 18mm-35mm focal length. There were risks involved of course due to the amount of dust and since they were carrying bricks (8-10 at a time, or more) on their heads, I needed to be careful not to cause any kind of accident.
I never knew about this brick making process and how the employee’s work there. Their life is very tough and they are living in a very polluted area.
It was a once in a life time experience, one I think I will remember the rest of my life.”
Thank you for joining us today and explaining a bit about your project. We look forward to seeing more of your projects in the future.
You can find more of Tejal’s work on her Facebook here: Tejal Artwork
Her photojournalistic style imagery are very intriguing and she has other projects that are as interesting as the Indian Brick Kiln
About Tejal Mewar: She is a Government worker living Gujarat, India. She started photography as a hobby a couple of years ago. Starting by capturing candid moments on streets of people and their life, as well as of nature and fine art. Her work has been recognized at a national and international level. Her photographs have been showcased worldwide, and have been published numerous times as well.
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