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Pictures and moments

Pictures and moments
The capital was recently abuzz with the exquisite photography exhibition Mates and Moments organised by Novel and Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Civil Aviation Ministry. Mates and Moments was inaugurated by the vice-president, Hamid Ansari at the India Habitat Centre in the Capital.

The Lavasas are ardent photographers and possess an immense passion for the craft. They might have not acquired professional training but each of their photographs are instilled with passion for the art, which the Lavasas possess undeniably. Elucidating on the theme of the exhibition the Lavasas said, ‘Inspired by the breaking down of the Berlin Wall’. In fact this photograph of the Berlin wall with graffiti on it dominates the gallery as a a symbol of the theme of the exhibition with the two countries which once stood divided by an artificial barrier but now stand united as ‘mates’ with one single moment which determines the destiny of millions of people.

Talking to Millennium Post, Novel explains that this exhibition is inspired from,’life, things around us... like birds which are flying in the sky. It focuses on how everything is harmony around us and also everyone coexists in a similar way despite the differences.’

How did you interest in photography begin? ‘We both love travelling and love to take photographs while doing so. We love people and we love clicking them as well, therefore the name “Mates” and moments. When we see life around us, we capture the moments so that we can share the experience with others as well.’

‘About ten years back we had taken a photograph which was published in a news paper on it’s page one. The photo was titled Million watt bulb that lights up through a life,’ she adds.

It was after this that their friends encouraged them to take up photography seriously and start exhibiting their work. Novel says, ‘After our photograph got published our friends saw it and they told us that we should not keep our photographs stored in our computers instead we should exhibit our work. So after that about 6 to 7 years back we had our first exhibition.’

What are your plans for the future? ‘We are also working on a book which will be a compilation of our work. Currently we are focusing on that,’ says Novel.

The Lavasas are regular travellers who love music, river rafting, trekking, racquet games and reading. Novel is currently working as an entrepreneur growing exotic vegetables in a poly house. She also organises camps for women and is also a CSR consultant. Ashok Lavasa is the Secretary in civil aviation ministry.

WHEN: On till 15 January, 10 am to 5 pm
WHERE: India Habitat Centre
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