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12 October 2017

Interview with Photographer : Rema Chaudhary

Meet the woman who quit stock market to pursue photography full time.

Rema Chaudhary

 

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

– Well, I worked with my father in the stock market for 2 years before I decided I wanted to pursue photography. I’d always carry my point and shoot camera around when I was in college, taking pictures of the most ordinary things. So I bought a DSLR and started shooting portraits of my dad’s employees and taking pictures on my commute to work every day. I got good feedback from family and friends and decided this is what I wanted to do. At some point in 2010, I got my first commercial job which was a real eye opener because that’s when I realised that this is not easy! Then I went on to study it in Massachusetts at Hallmark institute of Photography and I think that’s where it all really started for me.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your mesmerising portraits and your way of working?

– I spend a lot of time location hunting. I think nothing inspires me more than being outside surrounded by nature. I have endless notes on my phone with pictures of things and their location, whether it’s a random tree or a strange door or a pretty staircase. I keep revisiting my notes and try to figure out what I would like to shoot there. It’s probably the most important part of the entire process for me, and also the most private. Unlike all the other aspects, I’m very used to doing this alone. Apart from that, a lot of it evolves as we go along. I try and evoke a sort of harmony between the environment and my subject, whether it’s with their gesture or expression.

 

 

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

– Yes of course, what is any profession without problems anyways. It was rough in the beginning. The work you get to do more often than not depends on your network rather than your actual work, which is sad. Another thing is when people will commission you to create something that has already been done have absolutely no vision of their own. I find that incredibly nerve-racking. But it’s starting to change slowly.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Aaaah that’s a tough one. But I guess you could say intimate and at times, melancholic almost. Something that is more about the feeling than it is about the content.

 

Inspiro India: Which genre of photography interests you the most? and why? What are your top three favourite photography locations?

– I do enjoy shooting people. Whether it’s portraits or a fashion sort of setting. I think Fashion photography allows me to explore the kind of photography I like which is moody and has a narrative. No top locations but I do love shooting outdoors.

 

Inspiro India: Your portfolio includes quite a lot of portraiture. Walk us through your process of creating a great portrait?

– I’ve realised that for portraits, less is more. I try staying away from directing my subject too much because it can get confusing and they often lose themselves. I will just give them a very basic brief of what I’m looking for and then kind of let them get comfortable or even uncomfortable for that matter in that environment. I’m very disconnected from my subject during portrait sessions and I think a lot of the great shots, for me, happen in the awkward silences.

 

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

– I do think that more than the gear you use, you have to have the eye for it, and you will make some amazing images if you do. It’s really not about the most expensive camera and lenses. But either way, I use the Canon 5D mark III and just invested in the Sony a7R II last week, so I’m still getting used to the switch.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? Which camera do you shoot with? Tell us about your favourite lens and equipment.

– Well, it starts with taking everything into Lightroom. Shortlisting photos probably takes the most time. I go through 2-3 rounds of shortlists, the first time I look at the images and then come back to it a few days later to see if I feel differently about any of them. Once I know which ones I’m going to work on, I start colour correcting and making other adjustments after which I take it to photoshop to refine them further if need be.
My favourite lens has to be the 85mm. I shoot everything I can with that lens.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child? Any dream which is still on your bucket list?

– I honestly don’t even have a memory of what I wanted to be as a child. I always thought I’m going to grow up and start working with my father because that’s just how things happened in my house. But currently, my dream is to learn how to play the piano.

 

Inspiro India:If not this, What would Rema be doing?

-I would be a musician.

 

Inspiro India: Which is your favourite photograph you’ve taken till date and why?

– Hard to pick a favourite really, there are so many! But I think one of my all time favourites would be this image I shot last year for Roha. I would explain why I like it but that would just be me generating my own propaganda. I’d rather have the viewer project their own narrative onto the picture.

 

 

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Photos by ©Rema Chaudhary

 

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

– I would tell them to go out and keep shooting. Don’t just look at pictures. Study them, and keep trying to get better. Don’t worry about who will or will not like it, you simply can not please everyone.

 

Check out his full feature in February’17 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#35 – Download Free.

 

 

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Interview with Photographer: Nayantara Parikh

Nayantara Parikh // ©Chloe Walker

Nayantara is a fashion and portrait photographer based in New Delhi.

 

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

– My background and training are in film and cinematography. I loved movies and at 16 I decided I wanted to be behind the camera. The love for shooting developed in college – where I quickly realised I had no interest in directing movies and only wanted to shoot them. When I moved back after 8 years, I made the shift to still photography and started specialising in portrait and fashion rather than feature films.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your stunning portraits and way of working? 

– I like to keep the mood light on set, but I am not a fan of people talking too much while we are shooting. It’s important to maintain a good mood, even if you’re having a bad day- your mood can affect the subject and the entire shoot day. Your subject needs to trust you. Taking a picture of someone can be very intimate.

 

 

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

– I have constant issues with my health, but that’s a good reminder to anyone that when you have a physical job you must keep in shape. And by in shape I mean strengthen the muscles you use every day – it sounds simple, but by not doing so one can be in a lot of pain (trust me, I know!). The schedule of working constantly can be gruelling, so its good to make rules for oneself- otherwise you work every single day, all hours of the day and night. I try to not take work calls at meal times or after 9pm.

 

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

– I love shooting faces, they are full of stories. I had promised myself to not work in Fashion when I returned from the States (because of the hectic schedules), but after one fashion shoot I knew that’s where my strength lay. I have no favourite locations as such. I love shooting people in their homes. I assisted shooting a movie in Tulum, Mexico a few years ago – we shot in the Cenote. It was absolutely stunning and I would love to go back and do a shoot there.

 


 

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

– I wish I could bake and ice cakes all day. Or I would go back to my original path and shoot movies. I can’t really imagine a life where I’m not behind the camera.

 

Inspiro India: Natural light or Studio Light?

– I almost always shoot with natural or available light. I augment that light with LED light panels if need be. I can’t think in a studio when I see a white wall- my brain goes blank. Because I learned lighting for film, I am very attached to constant light sources and I try to never use strobes.

 

 

Inspiro India: Who is your all-time favorite model to work with?

– I’ve shot Rodali a lot and I absolutely love shooting her.

 

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

– I am tired of renting and I want to buy my own LED light panels. If I could purchase anything I would get 2 x 4 bank 4 ft Kinos with tungsten and daylight bulbs. I also need to add a variable ND filter to my kit. It is important to plan ahead 85% (with your stylist, make up artist, etc) and leave the rest to the magic that happens on set. It might sound cheesy, but one can’t control everything when one is shooting. I’m also a firm believer in practice makes perfect. Don’t over shoot, don’t over process, and wait for the right moment to press the button. Even though most of us shoot digital these days, I try to treat it like film (which I learned on), measuring when to take a shot as opposed to taking a burst of images.

 

 

 

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Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child? What dream is still on your bucket list?

– I wanted to be everything from a lawyer to an usher to a businesswoman. But for now its a dream of mine to shoot feature films and has been for many years. When the time is right, I will go back to movies I hope.

 

Inspiro India: Out of all the photographs you have ever taken, which is your favourite and why?

– I can’t choose one! In terms of my series’ I love the Berlin Series. It’s the first thing I shot and it is very close to my heart. Not only because the subject is my sister, but because it was the first time I felt that maybe I was good.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing work flow? What camera/s do you shoot with? And your favourite lenses and other equipment that you use?

– I shoot handheld with a Canon 5D mkiii. I am obsessed with shooting on a 50mm, and I like to shoot wide open. I had a canon 50mm 1.8 that is extremely light and a terrible lens (the focus is awful- if you’ve used it, you know) but I love it. I recently switched to the canon 50mm 1.4 and I am incredibly happy with it. I download raw files onto my drive and import into Lightroom. I have several presets that I am attached to, however for each shoot the look is adjusted according to what the client has asked for and the brief they’ve given. Then into photoshop for additional colur corrections if needed and touch ups. I back up to two drives and I don’t delete anything – even the stuff I hate, so I can remember how and where to improve.

 

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

– Practice every day. If you aren’t shooting then read about it, if you aren’t reading about it then look at images of the masters, study how the are lighting, framing and exposing. There is always something new to learn. It’s better to admit you don’t know something and learn it, than to pretend you know something and f*ck things up.

 

 

©Nayantara Parikh

Inspiro India: What do you think about Inspiro India Magazine?

– I think its amazing to have a resource for photography and the arts in India, especially one that respects newer artists and content coming out of India. We need a platform to showcase our work, and there are definitely enough people working in creative fields for us to have sufficient content.

 

Check out her full feature in November Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#33 – Download Free.

 

 

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15 June 2016

Photography by Tanu Nejagal

Meet Tanu Nejagal: Our artist is a pearl in the sea of photography. In an age of 26, she has reached so far that there is no looking back. Staying in East Delhi, she has excelled in the field of photography. It is perfectly said ‘love birds are an inspiration for each other and an example for the world. ’Her inspiration and support is her husband who has been there with her and supported her now and then. A fashion photographer by profession, she has worked with many big names. She does not have much time apart from her work. She is professionally into fashion photography and wedding photography. Our artist of the month is a pearl in the sea of photography. In an age of 26, she has reached so far that there is no looking back. Staying in East Delhi, she has excelled in the field of photography. It is perfectly said ‘love birds are an inspiration for each other and an example for the world. ’Her inspiration and support is her husband who has been there with her and supported her now and then. A fashion photographer by profession, she has worked with many big names. She does not have much time apart from her work. She is professionally into fashion photography and wedding photography.

 

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29 March 2016

Minimalist : Soumita Das

She is a Calcuttan and she believes that it is one city that has more people than mosquitoes. Sometimes you need to get rid of noise to make way for silence, and this is why she started creating minimal frames. It took an epiphany in the form of a research project to make her realize that wearing a sterilized apron and mask and not being able to talk to anyone for hours can be claustrophobic at times. So, all she needs after a long day is a breath of fresh air and her own world where she can create clutter free frames and capture them.

She believes that to reach a spot there is no process. She loves to wake up with oven fresh ideas. Sometimes, she wake ld up in the middle of a night with an idea. She fantasizes about strange things almost all the time. When she gets ideas, She writes/types them immediately no matter where she is.If she doesn’t find a paper or her phone, she writes on her hand. Basically, all she does is come up with an idea, jot it down, rethink it later and convert it into reality. It’s really amazing to watch an idea transition from a dream to reality. Her minimalist lifestyle drives her towards creativity..!! He doesn’t live in a white room without television and chairs. She believes in minimalism but she does not compare herself to some other minimalist. Her minimalism is only about believing that sometimes less is much more.    Well said,”Inspiration is everywhere.” She is most inspired by things she see every day. Also, her friends, photographer friends and her favorite instagrammers inspire her. She gravitates towards likeminded people.

 

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HER DAY AT WORK

She, actually, doesn’t have a routine. She wakes up, opens the windows to let the light in, meditates for 10 minutes, creates a to-do list and prioritizes her tasks.

AN ARTIST’s CREATIVITY PARTNERS

She doesn’t use a lot of apps- VscoCam, Instagram filters and Adobe Photoshop. Also, She loves using a basic digital camera (Sony DSC) She believes that everything can be photographed. Does an apoplexy hit you when you enter the bathroom after a long day and realize there is no bodywash left in the bottle? She, on the other hand might simply take the loofah and click pictures of it. Things like this happen to her all the time. She doesn’t like to ignore a creative opportunity.

 

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28 March 2016

KUMBH : Pilgrimage of faith|Photo Essay by Sukhnidh Kaur

She is a 16 year old student currently studying in St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai. She has been fond of creative arts for as long as she can remember, and have dabbled in many forms, from art, writing and acting to music and photography. She received a DSLR as a gift when she was 13 – It was her first love! From the moment she started using it, she knew it would be a big part of her life. She is blessed with the opportunities and ability to capture moments for the world to see, and she absolutely loves it.

 

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About her experience at Kumbh:

“On the way to Trimbakeshwar for the Kumbh, I was told that  it would be nothing like I’d ever seen before – good, bad, or ugly, it would be an experience of a lifetime all the same. From staying up 24 hours to click and experience the Kumbh in its full glory to watching thousands of sadhus dipping into the holy water, it was a deeply spiritual experience and it served as a brilliant example of the power of faith. I reached the area at 12am to click before the main event started, and watched the proceedings of the night in awe until 6am. It was crazy, exhausting, and beautiful.”

With the help of this series, she wants to showcase the sheer power of faith of Indians in the holiness of the Kumbh, the anticipation and colorful chaos of the festival, and she wants to bring to people’s attention the amazingness of India’s vast cultural landscape.

For this series, she used a Canon EOS 550d (rebel t3i) along with a 50mm prime lens and a 50-250mm zoom lens.