All four Photosphere awardees are hard at work developing their projects. Read on to find out more about how the Photosphere fellowship and Prabir Purakayastha’s guidance is helping Adnan through his process.
As the Gladiators used to fight showing their loyalty towards their masters, one can see the same spirit echoed in the ears of the roosters, fighting for their masters.
The project which started as a mere coincidence, in Delhi has been supported by The Photosphere Fellowship 2018 which gave it new heights. I was roaming around the streets of Delhi when I met two old men who had two roosters. Upon seeing me shooting the animals, one of the old man offered me a chance to shoot them fighting. He made both the roosters fight a small round and photographing it gave me a thought to convert my photos into a project.
As soon as I started working upon my project, I went to a lot of places to shoot Rooster fights, all with different people and experiences. Upon asking the people to take me along for the fight, I was always told that the name of the place would not be disclosed and will be only be able to see the place once we have reached. Though, never again the fight happens at the same location.
Receiving the Photosphere Fellowship over this project was a boon to me and artistic practice. With the availability of Prabir as my mentor, I was able to develop the project successfully as it removed the obstacles that used to come in my way. The mentorship helped me to diverse my thinking, adapt various angles to my story, clarify doubts and the places where my mind used to stick, perform efficient editing and produce a coherent body of work. I am thankful to Photosphere and Prabir sir for having faith in my project and for supporting this project endlessly.