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A photographer's delight

By Mehereen Aziz
Photo: MS Arifin
Photo: MS Arifin

Dhaka’s sights and sounds offer more than enough interesting material for a photographer's lens, be it a professional or an amateur. The bright clothes, the chaos in every street corner and even the rare but treasured serene moments all act as excellent subjects in any photograph. In fact, many photographers actually flock to Dhaka for this very reason.
The most exciting spot to take photos would have to be Old Dhaka, which to this day holds on to its traditions and still has a few surprises up its sleeves. Historical buildings, decades-old restaurants and small shops lining the streets are all favourite haunts of the seasoned Dhakaiite photographer.
In stark contrast to the mayhem that is Puran Dhaka is the Dhaka University area, where the trees lining the roads and students walking about provide an altogether different atmosphere. Beautiful buildings like Curzon Hall and the greenery that is sadly missing in most of Dhaka, coupled with regular interesting activities and events organised by the Dhaka University students are just some of the reasons you should pay this area a visit with your DSLR.
Make sure you take some snaps of the Shaheed Minar when you're in this area. The best time to visit these places would be during the day, in fact the earlier the better, because as the day progresses you might find that your views are obstructed by traffic.
Another beautiful photography vantage point would definitely be Manik Mia Avenue, where you get a lovely view of the glorious Parliament House. Circle around the Parliament House which makes for a nice walk and some potential photography material.
It is advisable not to venture into these areas with expensive photography equipment at night, although if you have a car and some company handy then it should be fine. Make sure you ask permission before you take photos of women and children, as they might take offense. To be honest, the whole of Dhaka can actually provide you with all the necessary subjects you will need to take photos for a lifetime, so don't delay and start snapping away today!

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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