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AHMEDABAD (INDIA) HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT

Rani Rupamati Mosque, Khanpur, Ahmedabad

Rani Rupamati Mosque, Khanpur, Ahmedabad


AHMEDABAD HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT (AHPP)

  • What are the goals of the AHPP?

  • Who is behind the AHPP?

  • How will the photographs be displayed?

  • How Can I Help?

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE AHPP?

Goals of the AHPPs:

showcase the architectural treasures of Ahmedabad to the world,

educate younger generations of Indian origin on the history and architecture of the 606-year-old city located in the western state of Gujarat,

reach out to the Non-Resident Indian's (NRIs) or the expatriate community of Ahmedabad around the world who often times yearn to get a glimpse of places where they spent their early years.

WHO IS BEHIND THE AHPP?

The AHPP project is a labor of love project of photographer Pino Shah, who was born in Ahmedabad and where he did his middle and high schooling.   Pino started the photography of Ahmedabad and surroundings in 2009 and since then, has visited India every year to continue the AHPP.  To date, 8,700+ photographs are in the collection.  Starting November 2017, Pino will be traveling to Ahmedabad for two months to conclude the photography.

HOW WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHS BE DISPLAYED?

The AHPP will maintain a growing collection of photos and information for buildings and structures that are historically and architecturally significant in the Old City of Ahmedabad, in the New City of Ahmedabad and within a day's travel from Ahmedabad.  The photographs will be available in a searchable online database, in print and eBook formats, through photography exhibitions, and as photographic prints.  Sample images can be viewed in the database at www.artbypino.com/ahmedabad.  Due to the high piracy rate and lack of respect for authorship rights in India, all images will be watermarked in multiple ways.  Occasionally, this may result in an obtrusive rendering of the image of a structure.

The Digital Project: Everything starts with the online database. Basic information will be kept in this searchable online location and updated as new structures are added to the project.  The goal is to make the AHPP Digital Project the leading visual resource for Ahmedabad's rich world heritage architecture.

Book: The print edition will cover he Old City and historic neighborhoods outside the Old City but, within the city boundaries of Ahmedabad,  the architecture in the New City and the architecture of locations within a day's trip of Ahmedabad such as 'Adalaj Ni Vav,' 'Rani Ki Vav,' 'Modhera Sun Temple,' 'Baroda,' 'Sidhpur,' etc.  

The book and eBook published is being designed to appeal to the current, “Heads Down” generation, with vivid, full-page photographs and clear, easy-to-read text. To see similar format publications, click here. eBooks will be available from Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks.

Exhibitions: Exhibitions will be held in the USA, in Ahmedabad & Mumbai, India and other locations globally.  Stay tuned for dates and locations, subscribe here.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Glad you asked! There are two major ways you can help the AHPP: get the word out and partner up.

GETTING THE WORD OUT

Press Releases and Interviews: Do you run a magazine or blog that might be interested in the AHPP? Do you know someone who does? How about radio, podcast, or TV shows? Give Pino a call +1 (956) 492-7140! He would love to talk with you.

Speaking Engagements: Do you work for your local civic body, chamber of commerce, or a museum? Host Pino for a talk and see what you learn.

Prints and Posters:  Help Pino get photos into stores, or buy custom prints, and show others how great an architectural treasure trove Ahmedabad is.

Education: Help reach out to schools to bring this beautiful architecture to their students.

Word of Mouth: Talk about the AHPP! Tell your family, friends, whoever would be interested about the project. Share this blog link with them.  Encourage them to subscribe.

PARTNER UP - SPECIFIC NEEDS

If you can help with any of the following, Pino would love to talk with you

Architecture Identification: Always in need of people to help us accurately identify a structure’s style.

Historians: Given the growing architecture library, there is a constant need of willing writers to research and provide short pieces on the history and significance of each structure.

Corporate and Civil Leaders: If you hold a position on a civic body, town council, or are involved with public and private properties, you could help by getting access for Pino for photography access.

Sponsorship: As the project grows, so does its required budget. If you or your organization would like to sponsor the project in any way and get global exposure.

CONTACT INFORMATION, TO LICENSE IMAGES FOR USE, BECOME A SPONSOR

Deval 'Pino' Shah

pino@ArtByPino.com

+1 (956) 492-7140

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GALVESTON ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT

This past Thursday, June 22, 2017, I drove up to Houston the day after hurricane Cindy flirted with it and Galveston.  Stephen Fox, architectural historian, a gracious adviser to two of my projects and I spoke to architecture lovers at AIA Houston about the Architecture of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Photography Project.  After the talk, I drove over to Galveston for my five day stay at its oldest building, the Menard House.  Legend has multiple stories of it being a haunted mansion but, no sign of any spirits.  Yes, several folks have breathed their last in the mansion.  It is a gorgeous mansion and I was fortunate to get the room that Sam Houston enjoyed, courtesy of the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Over the next five days, with help from my dear friend Rasik Patel from Houston, who drove me around, I covered 140 miles within the city of Galveston photographing 100+ buildings based on a list put together by Stephen Fox and Dwayne Jones, executive director, Galveston Historical Foundation.

The amazing architecture of Galveston thrilled my senses as much as the Menard House did.  Visiting the aftermath of Cindy's flirtation, ensured that most of the days had perfect lighting due to the overcast sky and occasion rain.  For the most of the photography, I didn't have to worry about the building's orientation as there was even light with minimal shadows.  The buildings got a nice wash readying them to be photographed.  I am thankful to The Lord for the perfect shooting conditions!

The end product of the photography is going to be two publications (print and eBooks) titled:

  1. 'Galveston: A Visual Journey'
  2. 'Galveston: Mid-Century Modern Architecture'

Dwayne has graciously agreed to provide the narratives.  The publications will be highly visual -- similar to my other three -- written for the 'heads-down' sixth graders and beyond, for folks that enjoy historic architecture and for research students.

Stay tuned for more details on this exciting project.  Subscribe here to receive updates.

Camera Recommendation

Take this with a grain of salt, it is subjective 'advice' based on my liking and no scientific or methodical approach has been taken in recommending this.  Also, if you use the Amazon links, you would be helping me earn commission but, you would pay the same price whether you purchase directly or through the link.

CAMERA

As someone famous said, 'the best camera is the one you have on you.'  I shoot with my iPhone 7+ most of the time.  No, the photographs on this site are taken with a DSLR.  But, unless you don't mind carrying around a bulky DSLR, you are better off with a non-DSLR camera.  So, when I take pleasure trips, I take my Sony A6000 with me.  It is less bulky, attracts less attention and takes decent pictures.  It is a mirrorless camera.  Most manufacturers make one.  I researched them early 2017 when I was getting ready to take a 5 week trip to India and Paris and decided on the Sony A6000 with the kit lens of 16-50.  Note that it is not the latest and greatest.  It was released on February 12, 2014 so as of June 21, 2017, it is over 3 years old!

Why would I recommend something 3 years old especially, given that technology changes so much?  Cost.  Features.  Aftermarket accessories available.  Relatively bug free.  So many owners out there that you can easily find an answer to anything related to the camera.  So, buy yours here.  Generally speaking, I prefer buying the camera body separately from the lens so that I can buy the specific lens for specify type of photography.  In this instance, Sony has bundled a pretty decent lens so, am comfortable recommending the kit purchase.

RecommendeD (MINIMUM) accessories

2 extra batteries with charger.  The mirrorless cameras rely on using an electronic view finder which is heavy on battery usage.

Camera strap.

2 32 Gb memory cards.I only buy Sandisk, Lexar or Transcend.  And, I don't buy larger cards because if I lose a card or it goes bad, I lose only some of my pictures.

Lens cleaning kit.  DON'T ever use your shirt to clean your lens or use the liquid you get from eyewear stores.

Camera bag.  I liked this bag so much that after I sold the first one I had bought back in 2006, I bought it again in 2015.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT (ALRGVPP)

THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT (ALRGVPP) 

The ALRGVPP maintains a growing collection of photos and information for buildings and structures that are historically and architecturally significant in the Texas-Mexico border counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy.  Currently, the database consists of 420 buildings, 172 residential and 248 nonresidential,  provided by Stephen Fox. We plan on adding another 150 structures from over the border when Mexico is safer. This will bring the total number of structures to 570.  Photos and further information are being included with each entry. We are always on the lookout for more buildings. If you or your firm have a structure(s) to include in the database, skip down to the “Submit Your Structure” section.

  • What are the goals of the ALRGVPP?

  • Who is behind the ALRGVPP?

  • How will the photographs be displayed?

  • How Can I Help?

  • Submitting Your Structure/Contact

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE ALRGVPP?

There are two primary goals:

one, help educate younger generations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley about their surrounding architecture. We hope this education will enable future decision-makers to not only build new and beautiful architecture but preserve their historic structures in the process and,

two, promote the LRGV as a whole.

WHO IS BEHIND THE ALRGVPP?

The ALRGV project is a collaborative passion project between world heritage photographer, Pino Shah, and architectural historian, and Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas Stephen Fox.

HOW WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHS BE DISPLAYED?

The ALRGVPP will be available in a searchable online database, in print and eBook formats, through photography exhibitions, and as photographic prints.  

The Digital Project: Everything starts with our online database. All information is kept in this searchable online location and updated as new structures are added to the project. The goal is to make the ALRGVP Digital Project the leading resource for Lower Rio Grande Valley architecture information. Visit us at www.artbypino.com.

Books: Architecture of the Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Introduction is the first title in our planned series covering the architecture of the Rio Grande Valley. All our titles are designed to appeal to the current, “Heads Down” generation, with vivid, full-page photographs and clear, easy-to-read text. For more information about obtaining print copies, visit our website. eBooks will also be available from Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks.

Exhibitions: We have held two exhibitions, and have plans for more. Stay tuned for dates and locations.

For licenses to reproduce any of the photos either online or in print, contact Pino Shah at pino@ArtByPino.com, or (956) 492-7140.  

HOW CAN I HELP?

We’re glad you asked! There are three major ways you can help the ALRGVPP: get the word out, partner with us, and send us your structures.

GETTING THE WORD OUT

As you’ve probably realized, we aren’t stinting on content, but what good is content if no one sees it? Here are some ways you can help us spread the word.

Press Releases and Interviews: Do you run a magazine or blog that might be interested in our project? Do you know someone who does? How about radio, podcast, or TV shows? Give us a call! We’d love to talk with you.

Speaking Engagements: Do you work for your local chamber of commerce, or a museum? Host us for a talk and see what you learn.

Prints and Posters:  Have you ever bought a nature poster from an airport gift shop or Barnes and Noble? Our photographs are poster quality, able to be blown up to the size of billboards. Help us get these photos into such stores, or buy our custom prints, and show others how great an architectural treasure trove the Rio Grande Valley is.

Education: We plan to develop a curriculum around our database. Help us reach out to school districts to bring this beautiful architecture to their students.

Architecture on Canvas Rentals: Does your office, bank, hotel, or restaurant display artwork? Rent our canvases on a four-month basis and raise awareness through decorating.

Word of Mouth: Talk about us! We don’t mind. Tell your family, friends, whoever would be interested about our project. Follow us on social media and repost our updates. We are ArtByPino on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other prominent platforms.

PARTNER UP - SPECIFIC NEEDS

Architecture Identification: We are always in need of people to help us accurately identify a structure’s style.

Historians: Given our growing architecture library, we are in constant need of willing writers to research and provide short pieces on the history and significance of each structure.

Teachers: We need educators to partner with us in developing a TEKS compliant social studies curriculum for fifth graders based on our database.

Corporate and Civil Leaders: If you hold a position on a town council, or are involved with public and private properties, we would love to partner with you regarding permissions for photography access.

Sponsorship: As our project grows, so does its required budget. If you or your organization would like to sponsor our work in any way, we’d love to talk with you.

SUBMIT YOUR STRUCTURE AND CONTACT

To submit you or your firm’s structure for inclusion in the ALRGVPP Database, email the following information to pino@ArtByPino.com.

  1. Name of the structure.

  2. Purpose of the structure.

  3. An address for the structure that Google Maps can find.

  4. One picture of the structure to help identify it when the photographer visits.

  5. 125-150 words of information on the structure, including the year it was built, and a link to any available online information.

  6. Architect or firm name to be displayed with the photo. If you are not the architect, please ask the architect or structure owner to email me a statement explaining your firm's role in the project.

  7. Contact name, number, and email. Since there are other architecture books in the works, we may contact you or a person in your firm in future to coordinate access to the structure for interior shots.

If you’re as excited as we are about the ALRGVPP, please share this post.  Thank you.

Pino Shah

(956) 492-7140

 

McAllen Creative Incubator Hands-on Photography Class for Beginners

Learn how to take great pictures with the Hands-on Photography Class for Beginners. In this course, a student’s time is well spent as 5 out of the 6 classes include hands-on with the instructor, Pino Shah by your side providing feedback. Camera (DSLR or point and shoot with full manual mode) and book, Understanding Exposure, 4th ed, Bryan Peterson ($14.62 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2s28psU) required.

Class size is 8 students and is full at this time.  Private lessons available, customized to your learning goals.  

pino@ArtByPino.com

(956) 492-7140