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My tryst with photography

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

Several years ago, I initially perceived photography as a passing trend, merely one among my many interests. However, there was an intangible allure that captivated my thoughts and emotions. I couldn't quite pinpoint it, but there was something deeply compelling about the act of capturing, composing, and molding a photograph according to my vision. It became my medium for artistic expression, a way to channel the painting prowess of my father and the creative flair of my sister.

My journey into the world of photography began at the turn of the century. Fresh out of school, I embarked on a voyage of experimentation with my father's film camera. At first, grasping the intricate techniques proved challenging, but through persistent and dedicated practice, I gradually started capturing images.

The once-foreign concepts and jargon gradually found a place in my consciousness, solidifying my commitment to photography. I became consumed by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, voraciously devouring photography books—ranging from camera reviews to sources of creative inspiration. Thousands of online bookmarks, a collection of photography books and magazines that adorned half a wall, became my constant companions as I immersed myself in the art form.

A few years later, my career path led me to relocate to Bangalore. Serendipitously, an opportunity presented itself—I became the official photographer for my college. At that time, I predominantly shot with film, and this role proved to be an invaluable bonus. College sponsorship covered my equipment expenses and prints, granting me the freedom to capture even more images and refine my skills.

Fortune has smiled upon me, affording extensive travel experiences over the past couple of years. These journeys have fundamentally transformed my perspective on life and consequently influenced my approach to photography. The symbiotic relationship between my camera and my wanderlust has become an indispensable part of my existence—an indescribable emotional connection that persists unwaveringly. The anticipation of planning new personal photographic projects for the future fills me with boundless excitement, despite the constraints of limited time.

In essence, photography has become the conduit through which I translate my deepest emotions and aspirations. It allows me to transcend ordinary boundaries, to weave visual narratives that capture the essence of the world as I see it. Join me as I continue to explore this endlessly captivating art form, forever driven by a relentless desire to learn, grow, and unveil the beauty that resides in every moment.

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