Five Questions with Uday Khambadkone
Current Occupation: Software Architect
Workshops: Project Colombia 2017
Instructors: John Christopher Anderson, Emanuel Echeverri
1. What motivated you to take a workshop and why did you pick Momenta?
I was very much looking forward to being part of Momenta workshop after a dear friend Meryt Harding, who had taken a few Momenta workshops, had good things to say about the workshop. I had also listened to a podcast by Jamie Rose, the co-founder of Momenta, and felt my interest matched very well with the objectives of the workshop.
2. What surprised you most about the location you visited or the experience of working with a nonprofit?
There was nothing surprising.
3. What was the best lesson you took away from your workshop?
The Momenta teachers during the workshop were not only good photo educators but also provided life lessons on understanding the local culture and interacting with people. It was fun to be part of the workshop!
4. What was your favorite photograph from this workshop & why?
This photograph epitomizes the essence of being part of the community. Every day, these women from the community who are part of Templo Comedor have breakfast together before they start cooking for the day.
5. What would you tell a potential student to help them prepare for their experience with Momenta?
Keep an open mind and heart and you will enjoy your time with Momenta.
Uday Khambadkone, born and raised in Mumbai, moved to the US to pursue a degree in Engineering. Though always interested in art, photography came to him accidentally through a darkroom college course in Texas. Travel has always lured Uday to various places to explore the people, culture and their customs: from exploring the Romas in Zenica, Bosnia to Catarina doll making people of Capula, Mexico. From a shelter home for cancer kids in Mumbai, India to an NGO school for mentally disabled kids in Quito, Ecuador. The lens has allowed him to break stereotypes and be a cultural passport to the understand the world better.
Uday is a Software Architect with over 18 years of experience in successfully providing enterprise & cybersecurity solutions. Currently working for General Dynamics in Boston, Massachusetts
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