Where I Bloom

Ayanava Sil

Ayanava Sil

Ayanava Sil

Ayanava Sil

Avana Sil is a resident of Kolkata, India. She is a Street and Documentary photographer, with an objective of documenting everyday life. The uncertainty and the suspense drives her the most towards these genres of Photography. Documenting people over the years has provided her with the invaluable opportunity to explore the unknown and to embrace the conglomerate realities of people. Her works has been published and recognized by different platforms like National Geographic, National Geographic Traveller India, CNN America, Getty Images, Business Standard etc. She has been awarded by The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Awards, News Times, Eye Win Awards, Golden Orchid International Photography Awards etc. Her works has also been exhibited in multiple photography exhibition, to name a few, Jaipur Art Summit 2016, Ariano International Film Festival 2017, Kolkata International Photography Festival 2019, Wlasnymi Slowami Film Festival 2019.

Staying indoor and photographing my home in this lockdown period has brought a lot of changes in my vision. Being a Street and Documentary Photographer I could never think of photographing anything without human beings and that too inside a concise space like my house. I was also a bit anxious about how I would get through this period without photography. But, there is something really satisfying about this time span which slows you down from the regular hustle and allows you to focus on what is in front of you. This has made me much observant and made me aware of the wonderful little things that surround me each day. I started noticing things that I used to see on the streets like light, shadows, patterns, frames, colors and the small mundane things that I can photograph. I really enjoyed exploring and connecting every corner of my home through my photographer's perspective which I have never experienced before.

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