THE EYES OF AN ARCHITECT
is my one recreation and I think it should be done well--Lewis
can call it a comeback after eight long years, but the Architecture
Department Photographic Society (ADPS) is still at its best
and has come up with an innovative photographic expose.
came up with a weeklong photography exhibition at their department
in BUET earlier this month, where the students of the Architecture
Department exhibited their innovative ideas and images through
their photographs. Under the guidance of Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmed,
the ADPS had seminars and workshops on photography by Dr.
Rashid-un-Nabi and Imtiaz Alam Beg. "I was never really
involved with this organisation, until now," remarked
Dr. Ahmed. "However, this time we all felt that it was
time to come out with some sort of an activity, so that our
students could reflect their ideas in the images.”
within a very short time, the students and members of this
organisation built structures on the department premises to
display the pictures, and utilised the space for the exhibition
in an innovative method. "This was actually an extension
of a course on photography, images and compositions which
is taught to the second year architecture students,"
added Dr. Ahmed. "This helped the students bring out
their ideas and experiment practically. It also gave them
a chance to have their talent take a front seat, in this situation,"
of photographs displaying fishermen cottages, rows of boats
sliding towards the river shore, landscapes, glass windows
peering out from tree leaves, general people, transport vehicles,
the disabled and many more subjects brought out the hidden
creativity of the students.
had always heard of the activities that our seniors used to
do in ADPS," says the current president of the organisation,
Shahidullah Faruk. "I guess a gap was created due to
the lack of communication within the organisation."
actually worked nights together to bring about this event,"
said Sheikh Rajibul Islam, a passionate photographer and the
Vice President of the organisation. "It was like, reintroducing
the whole organisation once again, since we were working towards
a big event after eight long years."
was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of BUET, Ali Murtuza,
himself. Three prizes were given out to outstanding photographs.
Bonne won the first prize for Opposite directions, Rajib clinched
the second prize for Untitled 2 and the third prize went to
Tareque for Ucchash.
to Faruk and Rajib, not all students who get a degree in architecture
actually pursue a career in the same line. "Many of them
turn out to be filmmakers, artistes and photographers instead,"
they elaborate. "Architecture is such a creative subject,
that many elements come together to make it complete."
claim that architects have a different way of viewing and
capturing with their lens. "I guess we tend to notice
the compositions of the structure or the object that we are
capturing with the lens," they add. "This works
subconsciously within every architect," he smiles.
plans to work on particular aspects and photograph them. "We
would like to organise sessions and exhibitions on parts of
Old Dhaka, how an architect would look at it and why we like
to view them as such," they say. "We also plan to
emphasise on our heritage and village life, and look at the
natural and the original compositions that we can experiment
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