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15 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Aaditya Singh

Aaditya Singh realised that art was his calling due to his mother who is an oil paint artist. Choosing to become an artist was never decided but he used to sketch whenever he got time whilst grade 8 to 10. He then quit sketching since he had to focus on his studies. Come April 2015, while he was preparing for his MBA entrance exams he started sketching once more. Drawing was a way to escape the numbers in quant! He used to study and attend classes in the morning/afternoon and used to sketch late at night. He focused on creating realism portraits as he had always been fascinated with human facial features. He adored the fact that even a small difference here and there could change the way one looks and not only that, but how different the same person would look depending on the way and angle the light fell on the face. Once he began sketching, he strived to become better at it by practising every day.

 

His approach was straightforward. He already had a Pinterest page where he kept a board with photographs of different individuals/models. Whenever he started sketching he picked up pictures from there and began drawing different facial features like eyes, nose, lips and hair. From there he started the process of getting all the facial features to look as realistic as possible. It was difficult in the beginning but constant practising evolved his skills. The challenge he faced, and still sometimes faces is that he just doesn’t like to sit at one place for long. Getting distracted quickly was a habit that has stayed with him even today. Apart from that whenever he sketched he kept either an anime, movie or a random documentary on YouTube playing, plus either games or any social media page on his phone. As a result, any sketch that should take one hour took three. This became a serious challenge when he began accepting commissions and had deadlines and even today he is working to fix this.

 

According to him, art, be it visual, audio or appealing to any other sense, must create some meaning to the one experiencing it. That’s how one generates value out of any experience, right? And what works for one may not necessarily work for all. He has never been able to understand abstract art. Never did, still doesn’t. But there are people willing to pay millions for it (art by Jackson Pollock for example). So visual art to him is anything that makes complete sense to the one experiencing it, as a viewer, and can connect to it. Everyone pays for any art that they see or experience either through monetary means or time. If the visual art creates value for a person, then it is an experience worth that expenditure.

 

To explain his style to someone who has never seen his work, Singh tries to create something on a piece of blank paper, by either using pencils or colours, what the human eyes see. Though he mostly tries creating realistic human portraits, he is known to dab the brush in the paint to bring the night sky on a canvas from time to time.

 

He started sketching seriously in 2015. It was meant to be something that would help him calm down and distract his mind from all the math he had to study every day. He started taking it as something more than a hobby or something that he did just for himself which was the case when he began getting requests to make portraits of people from Facebook. The most amazing part, he had not even met those people! That was when he understood that art can be something more than just a hobby.

 

Aaditya does not have any Art-related study background. It was sheer practice every single day that helped him improve. He experimented using different techniques (studied the portraits created by other artists on Instagram) and tried to integrate what he learnt from observing them into his sketches.

 

According to him, his will to keep improving by the passing day is his greatest strength. He believes that It takes a lot of patience. He says that when one makes sketches, not every single one of them turns out the way one wanted, especially when they are working with watercolours. He has torn and thrown away more pieces than he can remember, but still those pieces only helped him understand what he could have done better and made sure that he didn’t repeat the same mistakes again.

 

Being a volunteer at Ahimsa which is an NGO for stray animals in Mumbai, he showcases his love for animals and wildlife. Apart from that, he loves to cook food and likes experimenting in the kitchen just like with his art. His love for music can never be lessened as it is something that helps him sleep better at night. He even writes lyrics, poems and loves to take a dip in a pool or simply swim. He feels that he is only one dive away from becoming a certified scuba diver! A few things that keep him busy when he is not drawing.

 

He feels the need to have his own space when he is working. One of the reasons why he sketches post-midnight is because he doesn’t like to sleep much so these are the hours he utilises to create some realistic drawings. He studies the photographs that he is about to draw before he even touches any tools. The first step is to understand which features require focus, what parts will take and which areas he is most likely to mess up. Once he is done with that he picks up his tools and starts drawing. 
The tools he uses are graphite, pencil (Mars Lumograph series), black and white ink (Copic), watercolours (Camel Artists’ watercolours), watercolour pencil (Luna Aquarelle) and sheets of paper (either 200, 250 or 300 gsm).

 

According to him creating art is not that difficult or complex. Art comes in all shapes, sizes and colours and everyone can do something or the other. All one needs to do is make some time for it. He feels that while everyone is trying to chase the orthodox careers, kids are made to believe from a young age that they must pursue to be successful and most of them give up on their passions (which 99% of the time is some form of art). He says that one doesn’t necessarily have to spend multiple hours in a day dedicated to creating the chosen form of art, just sometimes every day can help one discover where true talent lies. He also stresses the fact that learning is something that one must never stop.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

Images by ©Aaditya Singh

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Art | Blog

1 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Sarah Naqvi

Sarah Naqvi stumbled upon questions regarding the existence of women in the society and taboos spanning over the same while going through the process of understanding the female body.

 

Sarah felt morally obligated to address the issue by using embroidery to share her thoughts. Embroidery is a versatile and ancient art form which was interestingly done by mostly women and thus was perfect for what she wanted to showcase!

 

Naqvi works on topics such as menstruation and body shaming. She has received immense support from young girls, positive criticism, threats and nasty comments from anonymous people over direct messages on Instagram.

Interestingly, a couple of her artworks were taken down by Instagram for obstruction of community guidelines which were considered obscene even though there are highly sexualised and altered images of women all over the app.

 

Nitesh Mohanty, Ghada Amer and Shirin Neshat are some of the artists who inspire Miss Naqvi. Each embroidery takes anything from a month to a couple of days to complete depending on how much time she gets with her daily schedule.

 

The idea behind her artworks is to portray a society which is suffering from deeply rooted patriarchy and has ultimately created, cultivated and enforced an idea of the ‘ideal woman’.

 

She works with a range of different mediums, but embroidery is positively one of her biggest strengths. ‘With every stitch I make, I hope that it challenges these common apperceptions and shows how much strength and voice every piece can carry’, says Sarah Naqvi.

Words by Harpreet

 

Art/Images by ©Sarah Naqvi

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Blog | Interviews | Photography

30 November 2017

Interview with Wedding Photographer: Harsheen Jammu

Meet Harsheen Jammu, an IIM graduate and photographer

Harsheen Jammu

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you get started?

– Originally from a management background, an IIM graduate, it was my love for capturing the colours in our everyday life & the sentiments attached to them that pulled me towards photography. Clicking pictures is what truly makes me happy, it is fulfilling in all its dimensions.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your unique style and way of working?

– I don’t believe in planning a lot for a shoot as it brings in a certain expectation you tend to have with the output and you completely ignore the other possibilities. I try to incorporate the environment and emotions at that point of time in my frames.

 

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– My parents were not very supportive initially, but I was very adamant. Like all professions, most of the days, I feel happy about my choices but there are some difficult days as well.

 

Inspiro India: What is it about wedding-photography that interests you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? And Why?

– The fact that you are going to create a piece of history for someone which is going to be passed on to generations is something which fascinates me. No favourite locations as such. I believe there is beauty everywhere, you just need to observe for a while.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Harsheen been doing?

– Probably a civil servant.

 

Inspiro India: What is typically in your camera bag while travelling?

– I don’t shoot much while travelling. Something shall be experienced without cameras.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in travel wedding photography? What are you looking forward to purchase next?

– Just try to be a part of the family, connect with the environment and results would come. I am looking forward to purchase a wide lens.

 

Inspiro India: How has witnessing so many weddings changed your life/outlook?

– It has impacted me in a major way. I am very sure about what kind of a wedding I want and what is a complete no-no. On a serious note, you tend to examine families of different cultures on a very micro level and there is one common thing across all cultures and that is patriarchy.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing work flow And the equipment that you use?

– I use photo mechanic & lightroom for post processing. Equipment – iMac 27 inches 8GB RAM.

 

Photos by ©Harsheen Jammu

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– What kind of Equipment you use plays a very minor role in your art. Explore, shoot, edit with whatever tools you have and you will be amazed by the results

 

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30 November 2017

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Gorkey Patwal’s series is an amalgamation of noir and white portraying raw emotions | Photo Series

Gorkey Patwal is a 24-year-old innovator from Delhi who searches for beauty in everything around and remoulds it. He is on his path to become a fashion photographer and let the world know the significance of his name.

 

He often works with a stylist and model to figure out a theme for the shoot. He doesn’t prefer to instruct the model and keeps the theme open to the model’s interpretation which ensures the raw, natural shots. This series is an amalgamation of noir and white, Gorkey mentions, is a collaboration which he and Ishani have been planning for a year. The entire process of finding a suitable time from their busy lives and planning took 3 months, are just a few of many hardships they went through to manage 3 shots to be uploaded to Instagram. People, he feels, are unaware of the tedious background work a photographer goes through, to manage one perfect shot.

 

Gorkey is not fond of post-editing hence he tries to fix the problem by clicking multiple shots so he can select the best out of all the shots. The device he uses is a Canon 6D and a Sigma 50 mm. For editing, he uses Lightroom. He has a penchant to play around with natural lights, for example – a piece of glass, lighter and even a lot of leaves!

 

His key source of inspiration is the thought of someone making an effort, a notch higher than him every hour to creating better work in this world. Being a part of this league, he too has to aspire to work hard so that he too sets an example and a beacon for others to follow.

 

 Photo Series by ©Gorkey Patwal 

 

A single series, Gorkey tells us, it takes almost a month of planning and coordination between the model, the stylist and the makeup artist to scheduling dates and choosing the appropriate location for shooting. Since he was employed fulltime, he had only weekend for himself to execute the shoots. On Mondays’ of every month, Patwal would plan his weekends for shoots.

Words by Laveena Behl

Photographer: Gorkey Patwal
Model: Ishani Das
Styling: Anuradha

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Blog | Travel

27 November 2017

Traveller of the Week: Neer Patra

Neer Patra has always been on a travelling spree, right from his school days in Varanasi to his graduation from Allahabad and then pursuing an MBA from IBS Hyderabad.

Originally from Odisha, Neer is an Investment Banker living in Delhi for the past 6 years. He has always wanted to visit as many places as possible in his lifetime which also happens to be his goal for now.

 

Neer Patra

 

Neer also wants other people to travel and explore our beautiful city, a reason why he started sharing images from his travels on social media. He also admits not everyone can visit every place, so he makes it a point to showcase them through photography. He doesn’t mention or portray himself to be a traveller or a photographer. He hardly takes his camera out when visiting a town and steers away from mentioning anything in his social media bio.

 

‘I think leaving for one place and then reaching another, where everything, people, culture, food everything is different from your last visited place and that’s motivation enough for anyone to go to new places and explore more’, says the explorer.

 

The cycle continues, it is deep-rooted in him since childhood which is why he can never stop exploring new places in the world. A thought vested in him during the times he’d visit his hometown twice a year whilst his father was posted in Varanasi, the entire 24-hour train journey passed through 3 different states. A long 6-7 hour road journey by bus crossed multiple villages. The constant travels to his hometown and his very first trip as a student to Chittaranjan, a small city in Bihar is where his love for travel was born! ‘If you talk about my very first trek or encounter with mountains, it was my schools days of grade 9 when I was NCC cadet and went to Dhanlauti in Uttarakhand for 11 days of trekking and camping’, he says.

 

Though not a full-time traveller, Patra loves his job and makes it a point to travel twice a month. Not so fond of travelling in big groups, hiring a travelling or trekking agency for his expeditions is a strict no-no. He loves travelling solo or with 1-2 people only if need be which is a personal choice as well.

He does admit travelling with a group to be good fun,  as one meets like-minded people which also helps in minimizing travelling expenses. ‘But I feel like going solo gives me a lot of confidence and helps me to believe in my own ability to make decisions. It makes me feel more independent’, says Neer Patra.

 

‘I always believe a well-planned travel cannot go haywire especially when you keep going to mountains, you have to have A or B plan ready’, says Neer. It makes a person mentally and physically strong to take on the challenges to be faced in the mountains. Sometimes a spontaneous trip may end up in emptying one’s pockets, where a planned trip is more budget friendly.

 

The traveller shoots with a Nikon D810 with a wide angle lens of 14-24 mm. He also likes to use his 85 mm lens which makes a part of his must-haves for travelling. A medicine kit, headlamps, GPS, some dry fruits and vitamin bars are a few essentials to carry along!

 

Patra loves trying local delicacies, learning their language and the culture and story associated with the place.

He has travelled to more than 20 states of the country and wishes to explore the northeast region of India. He is travelling to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh next month, ticking off two states from the northeast!

He also deems Kerala and the ‘Seven Sisters of India’ to be a must visit for all the travellers out there, not to forget, Norway and Greenland if you’re planning an international trip!

 

Taj Mahal, Agra

Varanasi

Zanskar River

Nubra Valley

Chadar Trek

Key Monastery, Spiti

Stok Kangri

Varanasi Assi Ghat

Chadar Trek

 

One of many interesting stories during his travel was during his recent expedition to ‘Stok Kangari’. Not sure if he’d be able to reach the top, he was told by many locals that he’d be the first one in this year to climb in the month of May. Where half of the climbers returned half way from the incredibly tough trek as said by the locals, he kept going only because he was travelling solo with a local guide and porter-cum-cook!

‘It wouldn’t have been possible if we had come here with a group because in the mountains, most of the time you end giving up only because the fellow trekker has given up’, said the local guide to Patra once they were on the top!

 

Last but not the least, ‘The world is beautiful and you cannot see everything in your one life’, is what Neer Patra has learnt from his years travelling around the country.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Neer Patra

 

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27 November 2017

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24 November 2017

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Blog | Photography

24 November 2017

Creative Head of the week: Nupur Singh

Nupur Singh hails from National Institute of Fashion Technology in Mumbai. She learnt Fashion Photography in college but never entirely picked it up until she joined Instagram in 2013.

A platform to share her photos and stay up to date with what her friends were doing got her in the mood!

 

She started liking neat frames once she realised Instagram was much more than a social media application. It was full of

designers, artists, photographers, bakers, video-makers, bloggers and content creators sparking the inspiration instantly.

 

Nupur is all in for expression, ‘I want to express to the world my liking for food, for ordinary doors and walls, for flowers. I want to express my troubled thoughts. I want to express my fashion sense. I want to express what I think looks good’. Hence, she creates her expressions in the form of pictures!

 

She looks for a story in her pictures, where the subject came from, how the subject poses and what compliments the subject.

For instance, whilst styling a dish, she makes sure to play around with a few ingredients on the side to give the viewer the feel of how it was prepared.

 

Nupur doesn’t follow any rules while preparing frames, whatever feels right in the moment gets her attention and on work to create pictures. The elements are kept ready before every shoot, however, the composition of those is done spontaneously!

 

A Canon 60D semi-professional camera, coupled with 50mm f/1.8  and 24mm f/2.8 lenses make the cut to her photography gear.

She shoots in raw format, following which her pictures go through four stages of editing – Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, VSCO and finally some minor Instagram adjustments.

 

 

The online creative community inspires her the most. Appreciations and compliments from followers on Instagram,

inspires her to become even better. ‘You see, inspiration is everywhere. One just has to find it!’, says Nupur Singh.

 

Photos by ©Nupur Singh

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