A 16-year-old Arpa took a picture on her way to a study tour in Gazipur. She named it Shopnopurer Baank, which exhibits a railway aiming towards the sky. This picture captured by the young mind was exhibited at the Second National Children's Photography Festival 2018 at Drik Gallery.
The festival, organised by Kashful Factory, a creative development organisation, took place from May 4 to 5, 2018. Rafid Ariyan, founder of Kashful Factory, says, “We started our journey last year. We realised that only motivation alone cannot help the young generation. They need to learn working and start experiencing new things. Kashful Factory, thus, provides a platform for the young individuals to showcase their work and reach out to more people.” Munira Mehjabin Mino is the co-founder of the organisation.
The organisers mentioned that while selecting the photos, they did not focus on the technicalities of photography. Instead, they tried to evaluate the energy and enthusiasm of the participants. The exhibition had two sections. Photographs of participants aging between 6 to 18 were exhibited in the Children Section and photographs of participants aging from 19 to 25 were exhibited in the Young Section, although only 5 percent of the participants were from universities.
The festival mostly had students studying in schools and colleges. Without a polished sense of framing, lighting, and other elements, these kids tried to capture moments from their everyday life. The ways young eyes see life were reflected in the photographs.