Soon you will be able to hire a wedding photographer who is just out from jail after completing his sentence.
Yes it may sound shocking but it is true. It may not sound like a story from India but yes it is from India. Here we are talking about State of Haryana.
In a first, Haryana Prison launches first Photography Skill Development Center at Central jail, Gurugram, Haryana . These are one of its kind of unique pilot project launched at Gurugram Jail on 19th January by Director General (DG) Haryana Prisons, Sh. Yahspal Singhal & Commissioner of Police (CP) Mr. Sandeep Kishwer . He further congratulated Virendra Singh Shekhawat, Founder Delhi Photography Club and Monica Dhawan, Director India Vision Foundation for starting this unique training and skill development program for inmates inside the prison.
Skill Development and Employment generation: Project Second Innings
As shared by the founder of Delhi Photography the Project is divided in 3 Phases and spread across 9-12 months.
In the first phase, the inmates will be given basic Knowledge of photography for 3 Months. After this there will be an assessment. Selected inmates will be part of the phase two which will be for 6-9 months. In this Phase, inmates will be sorted according to interest and release dates and they will be provided training on wedding photography and portraiture. In the third and final phase, post release of the inmates Delhi photography Club and India Vision Foundation will help the inmates to set-up photography studio in their respective hometown. During the program there will be separate modules on applying and arranging for funds for Studio set-up and getting ready for the new age business (how to start business) Setting up studio, lead generation and lead conversion as told by Mr Virendra Shekhawat , Founder Delhi Photography Club.
Photography as an art
Be it a painter or a sculptor nature has always been the first inspiration for any artist. Anything that an artist creates is from the inspiration that he gathers from his life and surroundings. All the artists try and bring a part of nature into their art forms. For ages, the inspiration from nature has been evident. From the “Inlay Work” of the Mughal era to the more recent Opera house in Sydney, the inspiration has been flowers. Artist through the years have tried and made nature a part of their lives. It’s been a conscious effort on the part of humans to bring the natural flora and fauna around them into their inspiration and give them their own touch, thereby creating masterpieces of art. Photography tones you down. Photography helps you to live in present.
Why Photography Workshop in Jail?
Despite having all the resources and funds why cant we integrate the inmates and convicts to mainstream after they have served the sentence quotes Virendra Shekhawat. So we worked on creating a module for skill development and employment generation though our workshops and trainings.
Finally, a step in the direction of skill development program in creative arts.
This unique program is developed by Delhi Photography Club in collaboration with India Vision foundation currently in pilot project at Gurugram Jail, Haryana .
About Delhi Photography Club
Delhi Photography Club was setup with the intent of taking photography homes. The purpose of the DPC is to stimulate, enable, and nurture a fraternity of photography enthusiasts for mutual benefit. Due to fast changing internet and mobile devices space, many more people are consuming photos. The club is perhaps the first initiative of this kind in the entire country.
The club also helps the underserved children to express themselves creatively through its outreach activities. As a club, they have brought together businessmen, diplomats, doctors, lawyers, homemakers, students and children and helped them in their creative expression using a camera.
India Vision Foundation was born with the receipt of the Ramon Magsaysay Award by Dr Kiran Bedi in the year 1994. The India Vision Foundation began its work inside the prison, by setting up a bread making unit within the Prison, for the welfare of the inmates. The profits earned went to the Prisoner’s Welfare Fund. The India Vision Foundation also set up a Plant Nursery where rare saplings were grown and marketed outside. The proceeds again went to the welfare fund. The Foundation also made a video documentary on the life and reforms in Tihar Jail, with a view to promote the efforts of reformation and generation of community support. Now IVF is instrumental in creating a framework of skill development for inmates and convicts in various jails across country.