Young Achievers

Saamya Patel: Girl behind the camera

Saamya Patel
(left) Saamya Patel; (right) Time’s Embrace: The plane wreck that became part of Iceland’s Black Sand landscape – Solheimasandur Black Sand Beach, Iceland, 2022

‘Third Eye’, an exhibition of 31 photographs taken by the young and budding photographer Saamya Patel, was held at the Piramal Art Gallery, Mumbai, over the weekend of 23 and 24 September 2023.

From the 31 photos, 26 were shot on a Canon 90D and 5 on an iPhone, says the 17-year-old Mumbaiite. So what is the ‘Third Eye’? we quiz her. “I had selected 31 photographs out of over 500 photos I’ve shot over the years. When selecting the photographs, I kept the theme of my exhibition in mind — The Third Eye, where all the photos had been shot with a unique perspective and had a focal point that perhaps the common eye would overlook.”

The captions on each of the photographs in the exhibition were based on Patel’s various travels within India, the U.S. and Iceland. “I have been fortunate to have travelled to and explored unique places with an abundance of natural beauty. My last two excursions were to the national parks in the U.S. and Iceland. The ruggedness and untouched beauty of these areas gave it a magical feel, which is what I have attempted to capture in my photographs”.

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Verus Ferreira is a music journalist for over three decades. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book and the founder of Musicunplugged.in

Verus Ferreira

Verus Ferreira is a music journalist for over three decades. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book and the founder of Musicunplugged.in