Spectacular Bangladeshi panorama
It was a rather crowded affair than the usual calm and quite ambience at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi on March 27. Young photo enthusiasts gathered and were chatting effusively on the second floor of the gallery. The occasion was the ongoing photography exhibition titled, "Bangladesh in Frames." The exhibition is the debut initiative by image and video hosting website Flickr-based photographic platform 'Through the Lens: Bangladesh.'
As part of an Internet community, 'Through the Lens: Bangladesh' brings together individuals from different backgrounds who share a passion for photography and want to showcase their talents. At present the group has over 900 members.
With a selection of 57 photographs by as many photographers, the exhibition highlights the regional and cultural diversity of Bangladesh, with sincere optimism.
The exhibit suggests that the amateur photographers travelled all over the country to experience its true beauty and in the process many stories have unfolded. A woman standing by her window at a remote village in the Sundarban region (by Sajib Paul); a portrait of another woman (by Shabhnaz Rashid Diya) in Pirojpur and yet another taken in Savar distinguish the subtleties due to regional differences in rural Bangladeshi life.
Portraits seemingly hold an important place at the exhibition, as several photographers have chosen to feature individuals from different classes and backgrounds -- from vagrants to jubilant youth.
Depicting working classes from different parts of the country is another aspect. People fishing in the Hakaluki and Tanguar haor (lakes), a rickshaw-wallah from Sylhet and a farmer at work have been immortalised by creative eyes.
Architectural heritage sites such as Lalbagh fort, Sonargaon and Nawabganj and life in Saint Martin's Island, Sundarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati reveal the often-overlooked splendour of our country.
Portrayal of different festivities like traditional boat race in Gopalganj and Savar, wall painting at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka and a moving performance of Manipuri dance are also part of the exhibition.
Renowned media personality Aly Zaker, a photo enthusiast himself, inaugurated the exhibition on March 25. The exhibition ends today.