Posts Tagged ‘Bombay Flying Club’

BFC Members featured in PDN, Feb.2010


Check out February’s issue of PDN to see a story my colleague Poul Madsen from Bombay Flying Club, and I are featured in called “Turning NGOs into Paying Clients”
The important thing I think to take away from this story is that you can do work that’s important, and helpful, but still need to survive in an industry that’s getting tougher by the day. I love working with NGOs, as I feel like the work produced can actually make a direct difference when working with them… something I often battle with when working for other clients.


Bombay Flying Club Featured on NYT’s [Lens] Blog

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Our first Chapter of Wasteland featuring the people who live on Jharia’s fiery mines is featured today on the New York Times [Lens] Blog.
Check out the our piece and the rest of this inspirational blog designed by Zach Wise and crew at the Times.
From the blog: ““Wasteland”
Are you prepared to spend six minutes in hell? This is the question posed at the beginning of “Wasteland,” a mulitmedia documentary project by Bombay Flying Club. And with good reason: as the first installment of a series on industrial pollution, “Wasteland” explores the burning coal fields of northeastern India. Whole families live and work in the toxic dust, their homes built on burning ground. Many make a living by illegally collecting baskets of coal to sell for the equivalent of $1 to $1.50, enduring extremely hazardous conditions.
Bombay Flying Club is composed of two Danish photojournalists and one Canadian videojournalist. Their motto is “online journalism as it could be.” It’s easy to see why.
The entire multimedia package is presented in black and white, and the film delicately weaves video and still photography. The images are elegant and beautifully composed, which at times distracts from the horrific realities at hand — instead of sweltering suffocation, some images convey a cool detachment.
But the film is undeniably stunning. “Wasteland” should not be missed. (K.B.)”


Hell Hole: Jharia’s fiery mines multimedia featured in Globe and Mail

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The story that Bombay Flying Club teammate Poul Madsen and myself along with radio journalist Line Wolf Nielsen produced on the people living on Jharia’s coal fields is featured in today’s Globe and Mail, a national paper based out of Toronto, Canada.
Check out the multimedia piece HERE, and the still gallery HERE
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Wrapping up Wasteland

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Poul, Line, and I are wrapping up our project with busy times to come.
We have a day and a half left of shooting, and are working to fill the gaps in the project. Very excited to edit this project back in Delhi in the coming months. Here are some of my images from the story so far.
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Poul’s images can be seen here


The Wasteland Project

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I’m in Dhanbad working with Bombay Flying Club team member Poul Madsen and radio journalist Line Wolf Nielsen on the beginnings of a Bombay Flying Club project we will be launching sometime in the next couple months entitled The Wasteland Project.
Our first chapter in the project takes place in Kujama and focuses on the effects of open coal mining. This is my fist project as part of Bombay Flying Club, and Poul’s first project shooting video with the 5d Mark II.
We’re very excited with what we have so far. Stay tuned…


Joining forces with BombayFC

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I’m very happy to be joining forces with Poul Madsen and Hendrik Kastenskov of Bombay Flying Club as a new member. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with two people who I feel share the same passion, and enthusiasm about photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Together we plan to continue to produce compelling multimedia stories and to support and promote strong visual storytelling.

Check out our new blog here, and stay tuned for more.


Bucharest Below Ground -Poul Madsen- Bombay Flying Club

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From Poul Madsen of Bombay Flying Club:

In the summer of 2007 I started to think about shooting a film documentary
about street children in Bucharest, Romania.

At that time, I had seen some smaller documentaries and some footage on
Youtube about this issue and I was quite surprised to see, that children
in Romania were still suffering severely from political things that had
happened and taken place way back in the early nineties. At that time I
was still working as a staff photographer at a Danish daily called
Nyhedsavisen, and I was pretty upset with the working conditions there.
The news flow was so intense and fast, that I rarely had more than 10
minutes to shoot an assignment and I just really started to miss in depth
reporting.

By fall 2007 I had managed to convince the photo-editor at the paper, that
they should fund a cheap one-week trip for me to Romania so that I could
do a multimedia piece for the website. I had managed to get in contact
with an American based NGO called Archway and I had also decided that I
would drop my film approach and instead try to develop a full screen
multimedia presentation about the issue. The thing is….I was kinda fed
up with Soundslides even before trying the software. I was fed up with
photographers who embraced the program but obviously didn’t know how to
tell stories in an way that could capture an audience. Danish news sites
were packed with basic sound- and slideshows and it just didn’t work for
me. I thought we could do better, or at least try to do better.

In late February 2008 I went to Romania with a good friend of mine who’s a
radio journalist. He’s always been up for a good adventure, he’s
consistent, dedicated, and even paid for his own trip because he
thought it could be an interesting story to do. We had a somewhat chaotic
week in Romania. It was bitterly cold, we had severe problems finding the
kids who lived in the sewers and after the first three days we still
didn’t have any footage or sound. I think we were quite lucky to pull this
one off. We ended up meeting two unfortunate and very different groups of
homeless people who were living right next to each other, and we decided
to stick to their story.

For us it was quite a schock to see this harsh reality. On our first
”field trip” to the sewers there was a fight going on within the group of
drug addicts. Bottles were flying throught the air and bloody syringes
we’re used pretty much as weapons. And then in the middle of it there were
these small kids running around barefooted in the dirty piles of trash,
outside in – 10 degrees celcius. It was just horrible to see. We ended up
spending 2-3 afternoons with the groups, trying to document their lives
and situation.

When I came home I started to do the programming in between my assignments
at the paper. That’s why it took me two full months to do the story. Also
it was quite a task to do the full screen thing. I didn’t really know how
to approach it in Flash and it took me a long time to get the things to
work properly. I am not an advanced flash programmer at all. Everything is
really basic, but it works and I think that the full screen thing is super
cool. It draws you into a story in a completely different way when you’re
not disturbed by other elements on the screen. And today I am still using
a lot of the scripts from that project in my new stories.

Flash is a great tool, but time consuming. Too time consuming if you ask
me. But if we can use these tools to tell stories in a way that can draw
an audience into a world of powerful storytelling combined with still
photography, then we have an obligation as photojournalists to keep
exploring new ways of communicating. At the end of the day it’s all about
making a difference and about giving people a unique glimpse of what’s
actually going on this crazy world. And that’s a good thing, isn’t it?