KOCHI: For the non-profit organisation ‘360 degree’, photography is not just an aesthetic treat, but also a means for a good cause. One such two-day-long photography exhibition was conducted by the charitable organisation held at Manaveeyam Veedhi in the city.
With a collection of over 40 photographs, the theme revolved around nature, landscapes and insects. With beautiful clicks showcasing nature’s scenic beauty and bounty, it was the third exhibition cum sale conducted by the NGO. “360 degree is a young student community and this endeavour is an annual event. Last year we had organised a photography exhibition at the museum here,” said Gautham Ravindran, one of the members of the organisation.
For the organisation, nature photography became a means for doing charity through the event. “The photographs are kept not just for display, but also for sale. The proceeds of the event are then used for our various charitable activities,” says Gautham.
Beautiful glimpses of waterfalls, amazing views of natural fauna in all its majestic glory, that single dew drop falling off a flower: the group of photographs absorbed a variety of clicks fascinating for any nature lover.
In connection with the photography event was a ‘Spread a Smile’ challenge, where the crowd taking part in the exhibition could gift themselves or their loved ones a photograph put up for sale on the occasion. In an initiative to ‘make the world a happier place’. Speaking about the turnout to view the exhibition, Gautham says, “The response has been average.”
Though a young NGO comprising of students from different colleges in the city, 360 Degree has around 20 members now. The activities of the group include visiting orphanages during occasions and conducting activities for them. Gautham says, “We also offer financial aid to those in need. Last Diwali, we had visited children at Aanandanilayam.” With currently a chapter only in the city, the group will be starting its activity in Bangalore soon. “Right now, we have 10 members there,” he said.
The group has already planned the subject for their next photography exhibition.
However, that will not be any time soon as the seven-member-strong photography team of 360 Degree plans to take an elaborate travelling trip beforehand. Winding up the conversation, he adds, “The problem with the photographs showcased by many of these days is that they all show similar things. There is nothing different. In an effort in that regard, we will be displaying a series of unexplored places in Kerala for our next exhibition.”