I photograph. Anything. Some subjects more than others.
Portraits intrigue me. To be able to see deep inside a person and click a photo which represents him. For anyone seeing the picture, it should a natural relationship with the subject. It has to be intrinsically her/him.
|Early ones from the 90's, shot on film mostly.|
My love affair with portraits got a boost when I got a 50mm F1.4. The shallow DoF was magical. Having shot for a long time with only one focal length, I come to appreciate it. I think I see like it. I know what I will get. Of late I have experimented with 35mm and 90mm as well as artificial lighting. But I still love the 50 and natural lighting.
|The Minolta 50/1.4|
I used to trek and the mountains speak to me. Especially the Sahyadris. I dream of roaming the hills and valleys for months at end. Photographing and painting. Landscape photography is hard. To capture what one felt and to recreate the exhilaration of the moment is very hard.
As much as I love the romance of the black and white I love the colours of flowers. I got a used Sigma 90/2.8 macro. It opened a new world for me. I am yet to explore the artistic side of editing flower photos.
I am available for commercial assignments.
The early days
I have been photographing since I was in primary school. That is to say when I was about 9 years of age. My father had a (still has) Zenith Model E camera film camera. It came with a 58mm F2 Helios-44 prime lens. My father taught me to use the camera when I was young.
That is not to say that we shot a lot — film was expensive and photography was a rare occasion. I took over the camera when I went to college around '93-4. In my first year of BSc in Ruia ('95) I shot a couple of roles for a few aspiring models. I had a development tank and I purchased the developer and other chemicals form JJ Mehta in Dadar and did the development myself. My father had developed 100's of roles so he knew all about it. His friend Dr.Pednekar was also a photography buff and had lots of books about black and white development and printing. I used to borrow some and read. But I digress: the shoot at Ruia was my first professional shoot where I got paid.
Around this time I also setup a darkroom in our spare bathroom and got an enlarger. I printed for some time. It was exhausting in the hot humid closed room in Mumbai. But it was magical to see the photo come to life.