It all started with an email from Mani Padma of our GingerChai author panel. (Yes, the same Mani who “wowed us” with wonderful 55F and book reviews in GingerChai)
She asked my opinion on doing a photo feature under the name “Jewel in the Crown” series. As a sample, she had sent me a power point presentation about a hill destination she had visited. (Harsil in Uttaranchal, to be precise). I went through the presentation and sat a while looking at the pictures. It was impressive.
So I shot her a mail back. I thought a complete travelogue could be a good addition to the site. I asked her opinion on it.
Mani mailed me back with her inputs. She was bit hesitant about the idea of a full fledged travelogue. She suggested we should work on a different approach. For regular travelogue, there are many sites for readers, some being exclusive for just this purpose. So why do we at GingerChai, follow the same tested route? Why don’t we come up with something else for the same concept? Again the feature in Ginger Chai should be a bit unique too, not like the run of the mill ones with the usual stuff of recommendations.
It made me think. She had made a valid point. So thinking on the subject, I narrowed down to two options.
1. It could be projected as a main category “Picture speaks or Photo talks (or any other appropriate title) and the sub category will be "Jewel in the crown" that will contain Mani’s series of article on this line.
2. It could be projected as a travel category (with suitable name) and the subcategory "Jewel in the crown" that will post the series of Mani’s visual articles.
Both has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Photo speaks / photo talks: Could not be restricted just on the travelogue but also include any other interesting pictures on various subjects.
The travel category: May be focused on one subject.
Both the category has its own minuses too. The bottom line of course is to make it not look like run of the mill types.
After a couple of email discussion, we decided upon the new category “Photo Speaks”. Later as the content increases on this, may be we can divide it further suitably.
So GingerChai will soon have a new feature by name “PHOTO SPEAKS”
It’s going to be exciting. Like you, even am looking forward to it.
If you have a camera, good hands and eye to frame pictures and let the picture speak stories , YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TOO. It can be based on any subject. It can be whacky , serious , photos about places or anything visually interesting. You can even weave a small story around the picture. Just shoot me a mail for any clarification.
If you have any suggestions, tips or tea bags to pep it up, feel free to provide it.