The Department of Photography, better known as DoPy is one of the few departments that work for all the three fests, and one tends to think that it’s always the same routine all over again – the insane number of people moving around with their cameras pestering you to take a photo. While traditional practices shall definitely be the norm, we heard that there may be a few tweaks in what they have to offer this time around. So, we at the AEP caught up with Kavya Yarlagadda, the DoPy co-ord for APOGEE 2012, to find out their plans.
First up, Kavya let us know that the much awaited online portal would be up and running before APOGEE. Despite the multitude of road blocks that they’ve encountered in the past two semesters, Kavya explained that once up, the online portal will allow customers to download the soft copy of the photos they have ordered (in hard copy) using their Zimbra ID and password. She feels that this is a logical step forward for the department considering the social networking boom, and will obviously play a major role in re- inventing DoPy’s role on campus.
Their ultimate aim is clear – a dominant shift to the promising world of digital media, while retaining their present line of work as well, as DoPy snaps are a part of a BITSian’s legacy.
Also, Kavya seems very excited about the ‘U-Shirts’ that they plan to bring out after this APOGEE. She explained that a U-Shirt is a fully customizable shirt, where any person can give in a design of their choice – whether it is a personal idea, or a themed t-shirt for wings and friend groups. Also, the department plans to eventually expand the functionality of the portal to engage in the promotion and sale of U-Shirts. Details regarding them will be put up shortly, she says.
DoPy seems to have a lot lined up for this APOGEE. Previous trials of new merchandise by the department have been met with tremendous success from the BITSian public. Kavya and the SU hope that this time is no different, especially considering the money crunch the past few fests have faced.