My earliest memory of my love affair with the camera began in Kenya where my father allowed me to play with his Yashica twin-lens reflex. Things which unravel out of your childhood are destined to stay with you for life, often biding their time until they emerge out of the shadows to become the only pathway.
Next, in Kathmandu, he bought me a Chinese-made plastic camera, my first. All I did for a few days, was have the back open, lick the shutter and watch in wonder. None of the above actually amounted to me clicking any shots. It has been a journey off learning discovery and exhilaration since then. Photography, as a passion you fuel, consumes you and transforms you on a tangible level, making a wanderer without without a timetable, out of you. I could not have prayed anything better.
I have consciously escaped being branded, being put into a box, being defined and being labelled. My photography is as spontaneous and instinctive as breathing. In the moment, on the go, as life happens. Life unfolding naturally without pausing for the camera. Giving you no time to make the action freeze. Capturing the essence as much as I possibly could in that flashy fraction of a second. There is no set pattern, there are no conscious efforts to put together a collection. They are just windows which open to me quietly during my sojourns amongst people, into nature and often away from everything.
India is the place of my birth. Where I originate from and identify strongly with. It is like that old yester year song which is embranded on your soul forever. You can travel the world, but its lilting, haunting melody, draws you by the hands and leads you back, yet again. The voices, the people, the warmth of welcome, the pleasure of just being. You have crowds milling around you, yet you can choose to be alone. You are alone, but never. When I am away, I long to be here. When I am here, I am complete for the moment. India never stops beckoning, and I never stop returning.
People move me the most. The lives of years dwell still, in the lines etched on old faces. The glimmer and sparkle of hope in the eyes of the children. That resolve and determination to survive, which makes home in those with so-called lesser means. They are no heroes less.The simple acceptance of the little hamlet's residents. The clamour of the huge family travelling in a train. The subtle merger of a human silhoutte into that of the farway mountains. Men, women, the aged, the young, the happy, the broken. These are make up the kaleidoscope of my human colours. I am inspired by humans. They move me.
Places, for me, as as alive as the people they hold in their gamut. Places fascinate me. Every place has its marked cadence, its vivid signature and unmistakable personality. I sense the soul of a place from afar, as I approach closer, I see its houses, hear its sounds, smell its scents and behold the faces. Be it the glory of riotous colours of Rajasthan, as against the muted beiges of its daytime sands, or the magnificent line-up of the Himalayas which change hues and shadows with every passing hour, every place leaves me transformed and changed in an irreversible way. And I miss it even as I withdraw deep into the distance away from it.
There have been occassions when my camera has been called upon to execute some commercial photography, and I would only consider myself complemented for the same. My passion for photography often invites corporates to approach me to undertake a project with them. It is critical to be able to translate the vision of the client into photographic justice. It can be extremely exhilerating to create a tangible connect with a body of work, which is creative and innovative, to understand the perspective of another, or a collective one, without diluting your photographic sensibility.
Photo-safaris are a journey unto themselves. I am looking forward to take up photo-safaris into the best of the wildlife sanctuaries in India which promote tourism. There is no better celebration than allowing oneself to enjoy the grandeurs of nature, to see the majesty of the wild, the truly-free, in their natural habitat. To marvel at their beauty and the sanctity of the deep forests. If you are like-minded and would like to travel with me to discover nature's beauty, and capture the magnitude of her creations in your camera, do connect with me. Of course, needless to say, sensibility matters.
The Photographer of the Year award at the 6th annual International Color Awards London 2013
Bronz award Color Magazine Single image contest 2010
MERIT OF EXCELLENCE at the EDINA ART CENTER JURIED SHOW
8 Circle of friends
Ist Place Under People INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS, 2013 under People,Wedding LA, CA, USA
Street fashion Chicago
2nd Place - Merit of Excellence