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29 May 2017

Traveller of the Week : Priyanka Goel

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea and music in its roar;

I love not man the less, but Nature more.”

 

Priyanka Goel

 

As funnily filmy as it sounds, these lines did change her world upside down. Priyanka Goel was stuck in a 9-6 corporate job when one day after four years, she called it quits. She realised that she became an unhappy person who is mostly nagging and couldn’t explore many other avenues while having a regular HR job. One fine day, she chose to watch ‘INTO THE WILD’ and was drawn to those lines by Lord Byron like a moth to a flame.

Priyanka remembers vividly her first ‘real’ trip to Binsar, Uttarakhand in 2012 wherein she lay under a sky full of stars on cold green grass and felt, for the first time, like she’s a small but elemental part of this grand universe. It was her ‘interstellar’ moment, as she quotes.

Always aspiring to do something different and meaningful in life, Priyanka has now started photographing her travel trips. The quiet of the place, sound of the river passing by, birds chirping, star gazing, watching sunsets, seeing and clicking all this beauty in her camera,  all such things give immense pleasure to her. Travel gives her constant motivation to achieve more in life and helps her excel at what she does.

Not a full-time traveller yet, but she tries to escape as often as she can. Priyanka is also a fashion stylist and tries to take assignments that allow her to travel for long periods. For example, she was an assistant photographer on Kedarkantha and Animal Pass treks last year, was a  costume designer for an international movie shot in Dharamkot for a month alongside covering multiple destination weddings through her camera.

 

 

Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh

Animal Pass, Parvati Valley

Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

Hampi, Karnataka

Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Kedarkantha, Uttarakhand

 

Initially, her travel escapades weren’t approved by her mother as she called them ‘lifestyle issues’ but now she has come to terms with it and understands that this is Priyanka’s way of life and nothing can stop her from doing this.

Longing to travel solo for some time now, Priyanka usually prefers travelling in small groups of two or three people who she is close to. However, she absolutely loves the idea of meeting new people from all over the world.

Few must-visit destinations according to her are –

Pin Valley, Spiti

Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Hampi, Karnataka

Parashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Kedarkantha, Uttarakhand

Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh

 

While she travels and stays outdoors a lot, she makes sure to carry a few imperatives, like – a travel kit, medical emergency kit, high SPF sunscreen, Glucon D/Tang, a Swiss knife and energy bars or light snacks. She has travelled to multiple cities in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra and made an international trip to Thailand but never without her ‘must-carry’ things, she mentions.

She shares with us that travelling has made her very particular about her health and fitness. She had been tested several times in the mountains, at high altitudes and other places. Thus, she realised that she can experience the beauty around only if she is fit and physically strong.

Priyanka tells us that she likes to travel for happiness and positivity as she herself aims to be remembered as a simple, happy person. She feels that she has only begun and has miles to go before she sleeps.

Words by Aishwarya Choudhary
Images by ©Priyanka Goel

 

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27 May 2017

Photo Story: Hornbill Festival, Nagaland by Shiva Rajvanshi

Hornbill Festival is a week-long celebration held every year in the northeastern state of Nagaland, India. The melange of intertribal interactions and celebrations is a week long affair which is held in the first week of December every year.

Traveller or not, the festival is called ‘Festival of Festivals’ for a reason! There is everything for everyone who visits, catering to everyone’s need be it colourful performances, observing and buying local art or even trying out scrumptious local cuisine and delicacies.

Definitely, a once in a lifetime experience, the list of what to do and experience does not end here. The festival highlights local culture (folk dances, native games and sports) and traditions of the tribes, introduces you to local herbal medicine and indigenous varieties of plants and flowers. Even the Indian Army organises a rally to be the part of this euphoric festival, absolutely a key attraction!

The famous rock show of the Hornbill festival showcases Indian and International performances. A music or rock lover should definitely add this to their itinerary.

 

Photos & Words by ©Shiva Rajvanshi

 

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26 May 2017

Creative Head of the week : Mohan Manian

Mohan Manian 18 year old photography enthusiast from Maharashtra. He took a year’s gap after completing his schooling a year ago to travel around India and to have a decent collection of pictures. And to do this it’s love and support from our people what matters. He hardly earns anything through photography, neither does he have any company to sponsor his trips. His family sponsors him. The support actually plays a vital role. He loved travelling since he was a kid. He travelled alone for the first time when he was 13. Before that, he used to travel with people whenever possible. He Would join his grandparents in their trips, Uncles and aunts in theirs. Cameras used to amuse him just as much as any other ‘cool’ device would.

 

 

After his 10th board, his family decided to go on a trip to Kashmir. They bought a new Point and Shoot camera for that trip. Since, he was always excited about new things,  was the only one clicking from it. With very little knowledge or none, he managed to click decent pictures. Thanks to the beautiful landscapes of Kashmir, mega zoom of nikon P510, and appreciation from loved ones which quite helped him. He Went on a trip to Hyderabad with friends, the next year. His camera got stolen there. His parents gifted him a 2nd hand DSLR on his next birthday which he is using till date. Nearly everything has changed from when he started till now, shooting style, gears, thought process behind a picture, way of processing etc. One thing has never changed since birth, love for travel.

Mohan tries to show negativity as less as he can, unless that negative picture would help things turn positive. Street photography is not about beggars, poor kids, under privileged people. Picture not taken on streets could be street photos too, also, photos taken on street are NOT necessarily street photos. Street photography is about patterns, leading lines, story, balance, flow etc. It is very easy to take pictures of beggars in a country with a million beggars on street and spread more negativity than there already is. He just tries to do the real street photography which he has seen and learnt. Finding and clicking something unusual in the usual is what he tries to do.

Mohan is drove to create by the vivid culture, the different faces, the deep emotions, the intense stories, the desire to make new friends, and the vast experience – all this compels him to save some part of these precious moments of life into pictures, thus, driving him to create travel pictures.

If the list is to be made of people who inspire him, then it’s going to be a never ending list to name a few,

“Vineet Vohra, Co- founder, APF Magazine. Seeing extra ordinary in ordinary is what he has specialised in. Full of originality, this guy is a gem. Achal Mishra.

He owns a nikon D3000+ 18-55mm+55-200mm kit. He carries his friend’s Canon 1200d with him during trips, since the Nikon D3000 is very old and basic and a bit problematic too. He is planning to buy Nikon D750 very soon. Carrying multiple cameras totally depends upon his mood. He sometime goes out with a thought “I won’t miss anything and click everything” at that time he carries multiple cameras. Sometimes  he likes restricting himself, challenging himself to click as less as he can and with restricted focal length. He mostly uses Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 for post processing of his pictures and rarely use Adobe Photoshop CS6.

 

Photos by ©Mohan Manian

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25 May 2017

Interview with Photographer: Vijendra Trighatia

Meet Vijendra Trighatia, who worked with State Bank of India for 32 years. But always used to find excuses to break his daily routine, while travelling he fell in love with photography.

 

Vijendra Trighatia

 

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

– I have been working for SBI for the last 32 years. Not the one for dull routines, I have always been finding excuses to break them. Initially, it was traveling and writing but six years back, I took to photography. Creativity is not something that can generally be learnt. You either have the knack or you don’t. One may learn the technical aspects of a craft but to be creative in it is something intrinsic.

 

Inspiro India: How did you develop interest in this field?

– For me Photography is not just about creating images for memories but it is all about feelings. Even inanimate objects ought to be captured to convey a thought. My intention is to develop a people centric collection of images and capture moments which linger on for a while. Traveling and meeting people has always been a passion for me. With a camera in hand, it was only natural that I strived for getting better in the field.

 

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

– Yes, of course, but then they were the kinds that any beginner would face. Online tutorials and experienced photographer friends came to my rescue. One has to show sufficient interest and honesty of purpose in pursuing a passion and its only then that people would oblige you with their inputs. I never tried to hide my inadequacies and always was and still am a humble student wiling to learn from anyone.

 

Inspiro India: What is it about Travel photography that interest you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? and Why?

– Any kind of travel broadens your horizons and enriches you with the culture, sights, sounds and flavors of different places. Photography is a means of reaching out to those people you meet on your journey and share their joys and sorrows. I have been lucky to make friends throughout India whom perhaps I would have never met had it not been for the camera in my hand. It’s a special bond tied with eventful memories.

 

 

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

– Well, I usually carry two cameras and three lenses. A wide angle, a mid range and a telephoto lens along with spare batteries, chargers and a tripod.

 

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

– I really can’t imagine myself as anyone else but if I did have a wish I would asked for this
bug to bite me thirty years earlier. Having said that I still see myself going strong for another twenty.

 

 

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

– I am not much of an expert in post processing and do only some nominal color and contrast adjustments for which I use the Lightroom. I am still trying to find my feet with Photoshop and hope to gain some knowledge someday.

 

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

– It is said that if you are hard working and patient with nature, it too shall bestow it’s benevolence towards you. It’s important to identify the correct vantage points from where you propose to shoot and the time when you are going to do it. The source and the direction of light is equally important for an impacting image. For clicking shots of people, always be humble and non intrusive. A smile generally does the trick but ideally befriend the people before you shoot their pictures. Monuments, in isolation, are just stones bound together but put a human element in your image and monument assumes a different character. Hence, once again, wait for the opportunity for a human element to enter your frame.

 

©Vijendra Trighatia

 

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

– In view of my limited experience, I barely consider myself to be eligible for dispensing advice but I guess it’s important to realize that to strive for excellence one should always be willing to learn. The day one starts believing that one can’t be taught any more will be the day when the downward spiraling starts.

 

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25 May 2017

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20 May 2017

The majestic Dal Lake

The Dal Lake – There is a famous saying for Srinagar – ‘If there is heaven on Earth, then it is definitely in Srinagar.’

It has a charismatic aura as it is surrounded by the enormous and peaceful Himalayan ranges on all sides , which is the lifeline of Srinagar. Experience nature when its awakened by the beautiful sunrise or watch the amazing sunset. As the sun goes down, the sky turns saffron and becomes a complete visual treat for the spectators. The colour of the lake keeps changing throughout the day. The Summer Capital of the Northern most Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, Dal Lake is connected to other Lakes of the Kashmir Valley. Covering an area of 18 sq. kms, the Dal Lake is a huge one. It’s quiet and peaceful which is located away from the city noise. Houseboats and the Dal Lake are widely associated with Srinagar and are nicknamed “floating palaces”. All gardens in the lake periphery and houseboats anchored in the lake are approachable through shikaras. The boats are often navigated by two boatmen dressed in “Phiron” (traditional dress) and carry ‘Kangris’ or portable heaters on the boat.

 

 

The shikara ride is worth it. Especially, when shikara wala may just hum a kashmiri tune as it turns a little dark and one could feel completely spell bound by the beauty of the moonlight. The lake is amazing with its clear waters and breathtaking mountains in the background giving an exhilarating experience. The floating restaurant, floating market and vegetable gardens are a treat to watch. Shopping shikaras that glide along your shikara like costume jewellry, paperier mache artifacts, local vegetables like nadru, shalgam saag which are the most fresh I have ever seen- a must see place for anyone coming to Srinagar. I would recommend two shikara rides on the Dal, one at sunrise and the other at sunset to experience the aa moods of the Dal. Pleasant sounds of rolling waters, mist filled mornings, sunny afternoons and calm and serene evenings are some of the beautiful moments that can be enjoyed . The splash of the oar caressing through the water was absolute music to the ears. It is peaceful sound that you could listen to it forever. It’s a birder’s paradise as well. A land with natural landscapes, exotic mountain valleys, picturesque villages and comfortable houseboats, Kashmir has been rightly pronounced as the Paradise on Earth which made feel blessed.

 

Photos & Words by ©Jagjit Singh

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19 May 2017

Creative Head of the week : Cherubina. S

Art has always fascinated her. Art and craft classes in school were the best hours where she tried her hand in various forms of art. Her journey with painting began with the humble watercolours and she still cherishes the feeling when the paint spreads to transform lifeless paper. She started using Adobe Photoshop when she was in the 7th grade for doing personal projects. By now, she had sketched her career path and was keen to get into the creative field but had absolutely no idea about the possibilities in it due to lack of exposure. Her parents were sceptical in sending her to design school and coerced her to do engineering.

 

 

She eventually ended up in engineering, feeling like a fish out of water. She moved into freelancing in her 2nd year of Engineering through which she was able to build her portfolio and also experiment various art forms. During the fag end of her under graduation, she was faced with the most important decision of her life as she turned down a lucrative offer from Infosys to pursue her dream and has not regretted taking this wonderful path. She loves using bright and bold colours in her work and experiment with the simplest of shapes with an adventurous colour palette. Research is the key element before she starts with a piece of work. This helps her to undertake new approaches for every project. The challenge is to up the ante by creating new designs on a regular basis no matter what, and no matter how busy you are and also, how well you can communicate what is intended especially in commercial projects. She is currently working on a project called 36daysoftype where designers/illustrators/visual artists share their presentation for a letter each day. She uses a sketchbook for doodling and sketching out ideas. She also makes a detailed sketch after experimenting several styles. Once that is done, she tries various colour palettes and then uses the Adobe illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. The detailing is carried out after the design takes shape. Sometimes she does hand drawn illustrations or lettering and scan it and add it to the design. The creative field is teeming with incredible work by artists so she does have a pool of artists whose work inspires me, but she usually tries to take the most usual and normal things and turn it into something interesting. While designing, she strives to take a different approach to the real world by not sticking with the run of the mill colours. She would rather paint the sky green and the grass blue instead of traditional colours. She has spent days together doing one single illustration. Some would just take a matter of a few hours. Illustration is a process, so it consumes a lot of time. In-order to get the perfect illustration, initially she spends time creating mood boards and colour doodles.  She would say it’s a quest to find the right combination and time is a factor but the feeling of completing an illustration is priceless.

 

Artwork by ©Cherubina. S

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19 May 2017

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