Could you describe your home country of India from a photographer’s point of view?
India is unique. It is a blend of geographical and cultural diversity that lends itself very well to the medium of photography. From the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Himalayas to the sun-kissed shores of Kerala, it is an amalgam of colours and culture that is a treat for any photographer irrespective of their genre. This, combined with the friendly welcoming nature of the people, and the fact that a significant number of them are proficient in English, makes it relatively easy to travel around the country and fulfil one’s passion for photography.
It is a very exciting country and should be on all photographers’ list of destinations to visit. When did you start to take photographs?
I first started taking pictures in high school, mostly friends and on fun occasions. Gradually it evolved to carrying a camera on every trip I took, although it was with the intent of capturing a memory not as an artistic pursuit. In the summer of 2010 I received my first DSLR as a gift. I started playing with it and soon realised that it was a medium for creative expression. The intent for doing photography changed at that point from documenting life’s events to expressing my creativity. So, I have been using the camera to express myself for about 2 ½ years now.
This is a very short period of time but your images impressed me. I look forward to seeing the ones you take in 2-3 years’ time. Now, who is your favourite past or present photographer who has inspired you and influenced your photography?
It is not a single body of work that I find inspiring, rather it is multiple photographers, each with certain images that I am able to connect to at a spiritual level. From the masters such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and Ruth Bernhard, to modern day wonders like Michael Kenna, Jack Dykinga, Marc Adamus, Fatali, Guy Tal, Michael Frye, Charles Cramer, Andy Mumford, William Neill, and Clark Little. Each of these photographers has one or more images that are truly awe-inspiring to me; images that I look at on a regular basis, with haunting compositions, unique perspectives, and soulful renditions.
This, indeed, is a very long list of superb photographers, whom we all revere. Talking of great photographers, what is your favourite image of all time?
There are several images that have the ability to evoke a strong emotional response in the viewer, the ability to convey volumes in a single frame, depict monumental episodes in history. One such image that will remain with me forever is the picture of the ...