If you love Instagram just as much as we do, then you shouldn’t miss out on InstaMeet 3.0.After the success of InstaMeet 1 and 2, Instagram Ahmedabad is organizing its third addition this weekend. InstaMeet is the perfect way to meet Instagrammers from all over Ahmedabad.
InstaMeet 3.0 details:
Theme: Heritage Photowalk
Date: 21 July, 2013
Start Time: 7:30 am (Sharp)
End time: 10:30 am
Start Point: Swaminarayan Mandir, Kalupur (Nr Relief Road)
Last point: Jumma Masjid
Dress Code: Blue Jeans & Black Shirt or T-shirt. (no shorts plz)
Entry Fees: Rs. 30/ person
(To be paid at the office of heritage walk in Swaminarayan Mandir.)
The walk will be guided by trained guides and volunteers, covering poles, houses, religious places, havelies, bazaar, and many other important places related to city’s art, architecture, culture & traditions.
With purpose of unveiling city to the tourists, kids, citizen themselves and for young photographers like us, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, with guidance from Cruta Foundation has planned this Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad.
Here are the excerpts from the interview:
The Ahmedabad Blog (TAB): What is the objective of this InstaMeet?
Instagram Ahmedabad (IA): We are a growing community of freelancer, professional, amateur and aspiring photographers. There is lot of raw talent in our city. We believe through IGA we bring these awesome people together at one platform and share thier work to other people like them. This bring them close, they get to learn and explore about other igers work. But it’s all virtually on Instagram. So our object behind InstaMeet is to bring them all together at one place where they can personally meet each other, make friends, and exchange their expertise or experiences. So we pick up a place which is suitable for photography and a conduct a InstaMeet with lot of planning.
TAB: How did you decide the venue?
IA: Ahmedabad is on its way to be declared world’s first heritage city. We think igers are majorly residing in western part of Ahmedabad or suburbs. There are lots of heritage places left undiscovered by local citizens themselves.
InstaMeet 1, we decided to start with Jama Masjid, Rani ka Hazira and manekchowk bazar. It was good to see igers coming at 6.00 AM in the morning, majority of them were coming to these places for first time.
InstaMeet 2 – Sarkhej Roza. The idea was to bring Roza in limelight, a monument struggling to sustain its identity between development of east and west parts of the city. Secondly, we wanted to break the ice between the area Juhapura-Sarkhej and Igers. They are now also familiar with mosque or other Islamic architecture and can now go by themselves to click these places. Today, if you search hasthtag #sarkhejroza you will understand our reasons to select this place.
This edition of the InstaMeet is all about old city. To let igers know from when, where and how your city originated. More importantly to make them think: Where are we now? What is a real progress of the city? PhotoWalk is great idea for all these purposes.
TAB: Have you a defined a hashtag for the meet? How can we search for all InstaMeet pics?
IA: As we mentioned earlier, we searched the hashtag #HeritagePhotoWalk and we dint see any. We thought to keep this hashtags for photographs of InstaMeet 3 and we already have one common hashtags for all InstaMeets for Group pictures or other pictures that is #InstaMeet_ahmedabad
TAB: This is the third time you are organizing it, so how was the response the first 2 times. How many instagrammers participated?
IA: We are always getting better. We had 50 followers at first meet and 15 turned up even though exam were going on. Second meet we planned well in advance and 30 igers turned up. Now we thought to make it light and let igers know it isn’t all about core photography, or you don’t need SLRs or some fancy gadgets. Just meet, make friends, walk, explore and click with the simplest gadgets you have.
TAB: Any tips for first timers who wish to participate?
IA: For first timers as I already said, we aren’t focusing on core photography currently, we are just forming a group of people with similar interest. Just join and be free to interact with other igers and immerse yourself in the history of our city. It’s all about exploring your city and you may click pictures with your cam and save it in your device memory but we believe you’ll surely click with your eyes and save it in your heart forever.
Get involved in an InstaMeet Ahmedabad! InstaMeets are a great way to get to know other Amdavadi Instagrammers. Discuss your favorite filters, exchange tips, or just take photos together! What are you still waiting for?