Interviews With Our Guest

Interviews with eminent photographers in various genres, both National and International, we have published on our Facebook page is meant to learn the art from their experience and expertise.

 

Sangeeth SivanRathika RamasamyDr. Deepak JohnSwapan Mukherjee

The YODHA of Malayalam Cine World and a hit maker in Bollywood. We appreciate his spirit in sharing his vast experience and knowledge in the field of photography with all of us. Born to a LEGEND, he already proved his talent as Writer, Director, Producer, and of course a Photographer.

Being born in a world of photography, when you were a kid, cameras might have been among the many toys you had. Do you remember your first ever click?
When did you realize that you have an interest in photography? Shall we put it in another way, who found the photographer in you?
You started your career as a Probationary Officer in a bank and later established yourself in the world of cinemas. Any advice to budding photographers who wish to choose photography as a profession?
You started your journey in the field of photography with film cameras and now being with a digital one, which of the two excites you more and why?
Most of the people say, Post processing is a must in digital photography, but how far? Your views please.
Other than your great father, which photographer inspires you the most?
Tell us, whether your children share this passion (photography)?
Director, Writer, Producer, Photographer… You would like the world to know you as...??
Good photography schools are very few and not affordable too. Is training a must to excel in photography? Or, is there any other-way to learn better photography by self?
For a photographer, all his shots are special. Still, we would like to ask, is there any single one so close to your heart for a reason or two? We would like to have it in our album 'CLOS2HEART'!
You were born in Trivandrum, now settled in Mumbai and might have traveled across many places around the globe. Tell us a photogenic place where you would like to spend your whole life, not alone but with your camera. Of course, we are sure your family won't spare you!
Finally, we wish you may share some photography lesson for budding photographers.

She got a gift from her father when she was studying in class 10 and it was a camera! That’s how the journey of India’s first woman wildlife photographer started in photography.An Engineering graduate and an MBA holder, she learnt photography by her own. When we requested for an interview, she advised us to draft questions to help budding photographers and we believe we did justice to her and all budding photographers.

It’s not quite common to find a woman venturing into wildlife photography, at least in this part of the world. How did your family, friends, and people around you react to this?
How will you encourage young photographers, especially women, to come into this field of photography?
What role can a wildlife photographer play in the conservation of wildlife and habitat?
After wildlife, birds in particular, one of your favourites is candid people photography. Which one is more challenging...shooting animals in their own territory, or shooting people who, generally, are not very comfortable with the camera?
Lot of money and time are needed for serious wildlife photography. For some it’s passion, while many take it as a career option. In which category do you fall and your advice to beginners in respect of these approaches.
Let us deviate a bit. How effectively social networks like Facebook could be used to protect our forests, wildlife, and nature?
There are people like tribals, whose life is so synchronised with forest. How can knowing their ways help a wildlife enthusiast. For example, they know where an animal has gone just by smelling the air.
You don’t use heavy post processing to your shots to retain the natural feel of a frame. Your views on post processing on other classes of photography.
You are too good in capturing action scenes of animals and birds. May we know is there any special reason behind it?
What are the things to be kept in mind and what kind of preparation to be done before a photographer enters a wildlife location for shooting?
Can you narrate briefly the life of a photographer in the midst of a forest?
Can you share something about your present PERSONAL life and how do you manage that and WILDLIFE together?

We got amazed when we knew about him. BSc in Physics, BFA in Fine Arts, MFA in Graphic Arts, PhD in Design Education, Teacher, HOD, Illustrator, Painter, Professional Photographer of Fine Arts (mainly), Products, Fashion, Wildlife, Table Top, Writer, Logo Design, National and International Exhibitions, many awards, and the list is never ending. We are adding one more Tag to this great artist, a Down to Earth Human Being.

Fine art is one genre that most photographers tend to avoid mainly because of the artistic complexity. How would you define Fine Art Photography and how does it differ from other classes of photography?
You might have been closely associated with the life of many poor people during those days of struggle before you established yourself. Are you into any kind of social works or social awareness activities?
For you photography is a hobby as well as a profession. How do you market your work in the domestic and international markets? And what are the precautions to take regarding money transfer, copyright issues, legal aspects, etc. while dealing with international customers?
We are delighted to see a tab 'Students Work' on your website. What is the kind of teacher-student relation do you follow or stand for?
You have traveled across India to pursue your dream. Could you share with us the experience and lessons you learnt from those days?
You are a teacher, photographer, writer, and a painter. What does you enjoy the most and why?
Like many others, you also use torch light, gelatin sheet, and candle light to bring in Fine Art to photography. These days many depend on editing software like Photoshop for the same purpose. How did the things change for you after digitalization (cameras and post processing software) of photography?
What are the pluses and minuses in publishing one’s work on online networks like Facebook and Flicker?
You dropped your MSc course midway against your parents’ wish and left home to achieve your goal. Many youngsters struggle to set a goal in their life and to cut out a plan to achieve the goal. In some cases, Parents play the villain's role! What would be your advice to the youngsters and request to the parents in this regard?
Fine Art, Fashion, Product, Industrial…the list of genres of photography you deal with is never ending. How does your approach differ to each of these genres, like your preparedness, photography gear used, post processing, etc?
How would you guide a budding photographer to create a Professional Portfolio on his/her own?
For those young photographers who are getting ready to take photography as a full-time profession, can you prepare a set of questions to be asked to themselves to test their preparedness? Of course, we need the answers too!

A veteran Indian photographer who is the finest in food photography and proved his CLASS in Architectural, Fashion, Products, Photo Journalism, People, Fine Art, Travel, etc. He has won awards like the bronze medal for his contribution to the symposium; ‘The World and its People’,with photographs depicting the British way of life; Beauty Photographer of the Year by L’Oreal; best Cityscapes award from Cokin; Campaign of the Year award from several Advertising Clubs.

On your 14th birthday, your father gifted you an Ensign Ful-Vue Box camera and there was no looking back after that. Can you look back into that special day for us and also we are eager to know about the cam as we have never heard of it!
Since childhood real life moments have been moving you and you have depended on the art of painting to picturise those moments. Later you switched over to photography, thanks to its instantaneous nature and it could capture those moments perfectly without missing any detail. Life on canvas and life on photograph, how do you differentiate these two ways of expressing art forms?
Initially you went to England for studying architecture. Can we know about the Architect in you and how did it help you to become a master in Architectural photography?
We have seen a photography store on your website. What are the qualities a photograph must have to get potential customers, both national and international?
There are two sides to the photography, shooting for others and shooting for our self. The first one is to earn a living and the later to fulfill our creative urge. Could you suggest a balancing act between these two?
You are brought up in India and lived above 25 years in England with a Citizenship. Which is your favorite, India or England and why?
Is there anything NEW you always wished to try in photography, but never did for some reasons or other?
In your teens, a photography book by Kodak of Rochester was a great source of inspiration for you. These days many options available to a beginner to learn photography like photography institutions, online courses, video tutorials, workshops, photography books, etc. Your views about these means to learn photography?
You are excellent in portraying people and objects, both are poles apart in every aspect. How does your approach to these two differ?
You are the one photographer who beautifully utilizes the effect of light and shadow on photographs. Can you elaborate?
Your energy level and enthusiasm are higher than your age. Can you disclose the secret?
Finally a question to know the philosophy about your personal life. You are single and photography is your life. Has there ever been any conflicts between the photographer in you and you, the individual?

 

 

Cecelia WebberRamit BatraPadmashri Pablo BartholomewGMB Akash

One day her unparalleled imaginations got a colourful life. Life of nature and colour of human bodies, thanks to the unlimited possibilities of the art form called Photography and her editing skills.Though she is in her late twenties, she has already created a fan base across the globe.

Your works are simply amazing due to their creative extravaganza. How and when did the very idea of portraying NATURE with human bodies struck your mind?
When you were a kid you lived in a world of fantasy and enjoyed reading, company of salamanders and also searching fairy creatures. When you look back, do you feel you have missed a childhood without friends of your age?
Imaginative power of kids has no limit or restriction. Being one of the youngest and renowned creative artists, how would you aid them to convert those imaginations into a creative art form?
For you nudity is a beautiful medium of expression and your creations are combinations of naked human bodies. You began with yourself as a model for your own creations. How different was the reaction of people around you during preparation and after the publishing of your first work?
Your works showcase extreme possibilities of digital techniques in creativity. What should we call them; Digital photography or digital art?
We believe your works are priceless. Could you share with us the approach you follow to fix the price of your work when they are put up for sale?
You get volunteers as models for your work and these days you recruit models of different ages, body types, and ethnicity. Since your works are results for digital manipulations, how does it really matter to you and your art form in selecting models with such diversity?
When we look into every human postures of your work, we feel that an emotional element is attached to all. Can you elaborate?
You started with creating flowers, then butterflies and birds. What’s next on your creative line up?
Can you tell us the procedures or process involved from planning to preparations to finishing to marketing a work?
Graduated in neuroscience, love to teach philosophy, reading, photography, painting, dancing, sewing, experimental films, web comic, chasing salamanders and fairy creatures, and what else! Seems like you are a very complicated personality! Your comments please.
Do you have any plan to come out of the digital world and showcase your creative imagination “LIVE” to the world? We mean arranging models live on a stage to make a picture perfect scene similar to your works?

The young, dynamic, and one of the most successful Wedding Photographer of India. Though he has chosen this NEW profession only before few years, his hard work and passion easily placed him as the most sought after Wedding Photographer.

A Mechanical Engineering graduate from the Army Institute of Technology, Pune and a career as an animator with national and international acclaims. Now establishing you as one of the best in Wedding Photography since 2009, do you regret that you could have begun your new career, rather passion, long before? Let us put it in another way, do you regret for the time you missed out before realising your real passion?
Before becoming a full time professional photographer, you had experience as a Senior Manger in an animation firm. Apart from photography skills, how important are the marketing skills to make your presence feel in this field of tough competition?
Your father being an Army Officer, you had your studies in the Army School and College, and you live in a defense colony, your interest list includes adventure sports like Paragliding & Snorkeling. We will not be wrong if we say you were born and brought up in the army culture. Tell us your story in short, the evolution of an artist from the army culture.
You have spent more than a year in photography, exhibition, traveling, attending workshops after leaving your previous profession. Can you share with us how you made up your mind to enter into this entirely new profession, Wedding Photography?
In India, most of the budding photographers shy away from having their cam while attending wedding ceremonies. Your views please.
Your parents stood with you and supported you, whenever you switched your profession and now your photography skill. How important is the role of family in your success?
By this time, you might have covered wedding ceremonies of different parts of the World. Which wedding ritual excites you the most as a photographer?
To most of the wedding couples, the wedding day is a mixture of never before emotions. You are brilliant in capturing expressions, candid moments, and their togetherness at its very best. What is the secret behind your success?
Since you had a prolific career in animation, did you ever think about something innovative or creative to mix up animation with photography to make wedding memories more interesting?
You are an auto-didactic; you have depended on online tutorials to learn the art of animation and film-making. You have always been interested in sharing knowledge too. For someone who wishes to take wedding photography as his/her profession, would you please share some of the most valuable lessons you have learnt in your experience as a Wedding Photographer?
Your profile says you are a lifestyle photographer too. Which one is more challenging, shooting wedding moments or shooting real life moments?
If wedding photography is a commercial photography, client’s satisfaction is a must and if it’s taken as a creative art, self satisfaction is above all. What would be your stand in a situation where client and self contradicts each other?

A photographer of many genres and more specifically, a Documentary Photographer and Photojournalist, he has been awarded with the prestigious Padma Shri award for his invaluable contributions to the field of Photography.

You rushed to Bhopal, at the time of the tragedy, the site of world's worst industrial disaster till date, to photograph the impact of the disaster. Your advice to budding photographers who are passionate to get into one of the riskiest genre of photography, Photojournalism?
Your father was a great photographer and an art critic too. How did this lineage help the photographer in you?
Why are you so passionate about black and white photography and how do you treat Black and White in Digital Photography?
At the age of 19, you won the most prestigious World Press award (category: Feature Picture Stories, 1975) for a series of photographs on Morphine Addicts in India. Share your views on how should a young photographer see and deal with social issues.
We knew from one of your interviews we have come across on Internet, that you strongly believe film roll is the greatest learning tool. Film roll and film camera are dying and it's hard to find a lab to process films. Can you tell us the strength of film roll and is there any way out to go back to the world of films?
In above 50 years of World Press Photo Organisation's history, only twice has the coveted award for photojournalism come to India. In 1985, it was for your work Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Why does our country lag in producing world class photographers?
Unlike classical art forms, classical dance or music, photography rules are vague and a photograph cannot be assessed quantitatively based only on those rules. What would be your approach while judging photography contests?
From a Photographer to Software Architect, photojournalist to commercial photographer! Tell us more about these diversities in your life.
You conduct workshops to educate budding photographers. What are the qualities a photography student must have to excel in this field?
You are famous for your photo exhibitions worldwide. What are the benefits an exhibition can bring in to a photographer and how will you guide a beginner to arrange his own photo exhibition?
Though it is one of the youngest art forms, photography has gone though many changes/developments, both technical and treatment (by different photographers in different ways). In your opinion, where will this art form stand after 10 or 20 years?
Most of your images are packed with heartrending emotions and during those days it took hours and hours of hard work in processing to know how the image has come up. There might have been a fight of two feelings in your mind, the feeling of success in framing the incident the way you wanted and the feeling of sadness to that incident or victim. Who did win, the photographer or the human being in you?

We were speechless when saw his images first time and we are speechless about him too. Just read on this interview to know more about him.

From a boy with no doors opened to the world of photography to an aggressive PHOTO REVOLUTIONIST. We sense a life experience or an emotional thrust or something else behind this evolution. Could you light up the real story?
You started with your father’s old film camera, purchased black and white film rolls with money from taking tuitions, converted the bathroom into a darkroom, and worked whole nights. Once as an interviewer, you asked Mr. Cole Thompson, master of Black and White, “why have you made this particular affection (black and white Photography) and how?”. Our question to you is, though you started with black and white film rolls, why did you stay away from it afterwards?
Apart from taking part in many international exhibitions and publications, you depend on writing and delivering speeches “to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront”. Though a picture is worth a thousand words, how significant are the speeches and writing “to make injustice and suffering to be heard”?
The word Social Activist may be an inadequate title to someone who lives for the struggling, children, sex workers, climate change affected, slum dwellers, and many such. You even formed an activist group in this direction. How does being a photographer help in the cause of social activism, compared to other artists?
Many photojournalists like you hardly edit the photographs to maintain the natural feel of images, but the trend is changing. These days, people make use of software and techniques such as HDR to enhance the effect of a photojournalistic image and still receive international acclaims. What are your views on this?
You are a travel-holic and have already traveled around 24 countries. What are your criteria in selecting a travel location and how do you prepare yourself?
Photography is an expensive art form and you never do it commercially. You undertake extensive traveling in addition to many social initiatives. How do you manage time and funding for all these?
You have won more than 80 international awards, which is incredible. How do you get updated about or follow all these competitions? Could you share some tips on the general precautions to be taken and rules to be followed before sending entries to these competitions?
You did a project called 'Survivors' for 10 long years and published a photo book on the same to focus on people who struggle to survive in countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Pakistan and Bhutan. During this project, did you ever come across someone who has shown interest in Photography and expressed his/her desire to become a Photo Revolutionist from a Survivor? Or do you ever thought of finding Photo Revolutionists among them?
Many Photographers see social issues like poverty as a gateway to fame and money and they may go any extend to achieve their GOAL. What do you have to tell them?
You have recently started a Photography institution, “First Light Institute of Photography”. What was the thought process behind this initiative and how do you go about selecting the students?
How will you guide and motivate a budding photographer to follow your path of serving the under privileged by this craft?