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This Woman Is Capturing Mumbai in an Old Film Camera & the Results Will Make You Nostalgic

A glimpse into the many dimensions of Mumbai, the city of dreams captured on film by Janaki Subramaniam.

Remember the times when we posed for cameras that had limited shots and a click gone was a click truly gone?

Most of the younger generation, all too well-equipped with front cameras and selfie sticks, might never know what a film camera was or anything about a dark room where negatives magically transformed into the photographs that now lay a testimony to a simpler time.

Well, film is not dead and one young photographer from Mumbai is on a pursuit to reinstate that. A walk down the street or a trip to the beach, she never stops without capturing at least one shot on film.

A glimpse into the many dimensions of Mumbai, the city of dreams captured on film by Janaki Subramaniam.

The eroding old structure of Haji Ali Dargah captured for a lifetime. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
You have to dream to see it happen and then, make it happen. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
No time for rest. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
A commotion worth experiencing– The CST entrance. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
What are we but specks amidst the vastness of the oceans. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
Moments that went unspoken and some, even unheard. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
Amidst the city’s dynamic nuances, the Nut Cracker Cafe chooses to stay Retro. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
What art thou– a spoke in the wheel of time? Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
Stories of splendour interspersed with ruins of today. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.
A self portrait amidst the busy lanes of Chor Bazaar. Courtesy: Janaki Subramaniam.

Meant to be a souvenir, the film camera that Janaki currently uses was gifted by a relative several years ago. Tired of digital photography, things took a turn once Janaki ventured into the world of film and there has been no looking back ever since. Little did she know that she would end up going miles just to buy film roles and wait for weeks to see the results.

“The hard work, patience, thrill and excitement involved while shooting with film is unimaginable and can not be put into words. Keeping film alive is something I aim at and list as one of my long time goals”, Janaki says.

Currently training to be a pilot, the 22-year-old squeezes in every opportunity to shoot despite time constraints. While her training has got her going places for now, Janaki eventually plans on travelling around the world and of course, tagging her camera along!

You can check more of Janaki’s works here.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.