People behind this effort
This idea was conceived by two brothers Ashish and Aman while chatting online one day and thinking how can they do an interesting project when they get together for the winter vacation. We were initially thinking about creating a web-service application (something which we both love as we are both in Computer Science), but we decided to do something more socially useful for our local community there by leveraging some of our other skills. Leading from Aman's photography skills and interest in street photography we brainstormed about the possibility of this idea and and decided to give it a shot. Needless to say it worked out really well.
Ashish grew up in Chandigarh (Punjab, India) and now lives in New York working in the hedge fund/quantitative finance industry.
He feels there are always people who can benefit from what you have to offer regardless of where you currently are in your own evolution. This project grew out of that belief. He really enjoys teaching as well.
He likes the quote from the movie "Seven Years in Tibet" : One must have reason to help those in need ?
He can be contacted at ashishgup at gmail dot com. He maintains some personal info at www.ashishgup.com
Aman also calls Chandigarh as his hometown, where he spent first 18 years of his life. He is currently in the last semester of his Computer Science and Engineering Degree at IIT Delhi, graduating in Summer 2009. His future career is in the Software/Internet Techologies industry.
Photography is an hobby he formed interest in when his uncle Arun gifted him a digital camera (Canon A70), about 5 years ago. Since then, his enthusiasm in it has grown many times. His interests are in both artistic and journalistic photography, and Joyfaces is one of more interesting photography experiences he has had. He plans to pursue this idea, and similar social projects in photography in the future.
He can be contacted at gupta.aman at gmail dot com
My photography portfolio can been seen here