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3 January 2018

iidailyinspiration #149

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Blog | Photography

2 January 2018

Perfecting Indian Classical Dance captured by a way of visualisations and light play | Photo Series by Yogendra Singh

Yogendra Singh who was once a commerce student has now turned into a passionate photographer and a fine art student of ‘College of Art’. He has been involved in the field of photography for the last 2 years and feels highly elated and exhilarated to be the part of the photography community.

 

When taking pictures of dancers, Yogendra wishes to show the beauty and the purity through which the dancers dance on stage. He wanted to show the struggle they take up to perfect their steps. He says, “the efforts they put in every performance, it is quite difficult to see what they are saying, they are saying without words. It’s only our eyes and our mind that tries to understand but ultimately fails. We try to interpret those actions, but we miss them in the blink of an eye.”

 

According to him the process of creating a photograph is different for every photographer. In this case, he first observes the lighting condition of his surroundings where he has to click pictures. He notices which light is coming from where and if it is reflecting on the stage and so on. After that, he tries to visualise what type of shots he wants and if he can get the required lighting conditions. He then proceeds to choose a lens which would help him get the desired shots. In this series, he has used Canon 700d and Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. He felt that this lens would be a great choice for this kind of lighting.

 

Photo Series by ©Yogendra Singh 

 

Singh says that it took him around a week to completely create this series including the post-processing.

 

He has many sources of inspiration but here he names the one that has mattered the most to him. His father who has always supported him and advised him to follow his passion instead of living a life of 9-5 way of livelihood.

Words by Laveena Behl

Photographer: Yogendra Singh

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Blog | Travel

1 January 2018

A local weekend traveller on a mission to explore Himachal. | Traveller of the Week: Neha Ralli

Neha Ralli is a weekend traveller and a hobby photographer. She was born and brought up in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) and loves star gazing, talking about extra-terrestrial lives and its possibilities. She likes to write poetry when she is in the right mood.

Neha feels that curiosity to see something new, meet new people and know more about fellow human beings and this wonderful creation called Earth is what led her to choose this path. She says, “My first trip was my school trip to a place called ‘Dyar’ in Kullu. We trekked a little and reached this beautiful place surrounded by Deodar Trees’, she was awestruck. At the young age, she had no words to describe what she felt. Now when she thinks of it, it makes her calm and happy.

Neha Ralli

 

She likes to travel with her family and friends but believes that solo travelling is also a unique experience. However, mostly she prefers company while travelling. Being a working woman, Neha manages to take out time for her hobbies as she works in Himachal Pradesh itself. Time had become an issue while she was working in Chandigarh and this prompted her to shift back and live close to nature for mental peace and to be closer to her family.

She loves to go on spontaneous trips and rarely plans her trips as she feels that spontaneous trips have always been the best for her. Currently located in Himachal, she is trying to see it extensively. The idea of not being well versed in her own land has bothered her for a long time and therefore she usually travels in Himachal itself. According to her, a person should visit these 5 places for a unique experience, Kareri Lake (Dharamshala), Kaisdhar (Kullu),  Lahaul, Bhrigu Lake (Kullu) and  Prashar Rishi (Mandi).

Ralli also lists down 5 essentials for travelling and staying outdoors:

  1. One should be acclimated to the high altitudes
  2. Weather on mountains changes drastically, so one should always keep warmers and raincoats in the bag pack in case there’s a plan to camp.
  3. It’s very dry on the mountaintop and therefore one must keep moisturizer or Chap Stick as skin gets dry in the extreme weather conditions.
  4. Keep a swiss knife for multipurpose use and a lighter to start a bonfire.
  5. Always wear sunscreen to avoid skin burn. Try and keep the bag as light as possible. Do not take things you will not use on your trek. Always remember “Keep it Light”.

In addition to this, she talks about things that one should not do when in outdoors:

  1. One should always carry a litter bag along and not throw wrappers and bottles on mountains.
  2. Noise or use of loudspeakers while camping should be avoided because it attracts wild animals and disturbs the environment.
  3. One should not do anything that hurts the sentiments of the locals.
  4. It is important to put out the fire before you leave or sleep.

 

According to her, the best thing about trekking is that one can forget all the worldly chaos which has been left behind. One keeps climbing because there’s simply more to see in life. The curiosity to see what’s next after a turn, the feeling of knowing that the mind is finally at halt of random thoughts bothering you is something that drives her. She aims to visit various places in Himachal and learn everything she can about the divine land know as Himachal Pradesh.

 

Dharamshala

Palampur

Pong Dam, Kangra

Tattapani, Shimla

Triund, Dharamshala

Gulaba, Manali

Kasol

Triund, Dharamshala

 

Travelling has taught her that humans are quite vulnerable. “We keep fighting on trivial things and issues. We keep grudges against each other. We keep focusing on things that make us less human. We won’t get many chances to live. So why not make the most of it. I got my second chance, and I’m living it in the best way possible,” she said. Sharing a personal experience, she said, “Once I reached on top of a mountain and saw the vast city land, so small and nonexistent human life. No noise, not even birds chirping. At that time, I realized that the issues we all are fighting for, why are they even there? We are all humans in the end. We all have to die one day. I am sure we can all get along if we keep in mind that we all have to live together like a big family in our home called Earth.”

Words by Laveena Behl
Images by ©Neha Ralli

 

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23 December 2017

Journey of a lifetime, an epic bike ride to the ‘Seven Sister States’ of India

Having completed many bike trips, here is a breakdown of Ankit Negi’s ‘North-East India Bike Trip’ from earlier this year.

 

All excited for a trip to the ‘Seven Sister States’, he wakes up early, packs his stuff and is ready to roll! He sets-up the luggage on the bikes. Since it is Day 1, organising stuff becomes a hassle. The first halt is none other than Kaziranga National Park, the roads to Kaziranga are exceptional, with few initial ghats entire stretch is in plains with good quality of roads.

 

In no time, its time for breakfast, desi style mutter paneer, paratha, omelette and a glass full of milk at a roadside dhaba!

 

Trip meter reading is approximately 250 km on the NH715.

An evening jeep safari for the National Park has already been booked. A perfect timing of the year to spot wildlife, the guide mentions spotting a full-size Royal Bengal Tiger a day before!

 

The safari is successful, he spots greater one-horned rhinos, wild elephants, several species of antelopes and deer.

 

Day 6, approximately 310 km on the odometer, Ankit bids farewell to Assam and gears up for Meghalaya. After covering about 270 odd kilometres, he finally reaches Umiam Lake around 4.30 PM. The sun was about to set over the lake.

Almost dark, we leave the lake, Shillong is only about an hour ride from the lake.

Not a normal hill town, there is traffic everywhere, some complex to one-way streets with no parking to be found anywhere

Riding across from one street to another in search for some reasonable hotels, however, Shillong proved to be pretty expensive.  A guy on a ‘Hero Impulse’ bike spots him and helps in finding a budget hotel in the expensive town.

 

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

Assam

Majuli Island, Assam

Manipur

Meghalaya

Caves of Meghalaya

Mizoram

Nagaland

Tripura

Photos by Ankit Negi

 

Travel Day 7, the odometer now reads 650 km, a long day, today Inner-Line Permits for the remaining North-East States (Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh) is secured!

Now the main challenge, riding back to the Shillong city!

The Sun is down and the temperature dip is significant, riding back in a single layer of clothing with freezing hands and feet is fun too.

 

 

Travel Day 8, 710 km, next location is Cherrapunjee!

The route from Shillong to Cherrapunjee highlights the dense rain forests, amazing waterfalls of Meghalaya.

The month of March and it has already started raining here, well it’s Cherrapunjee! The hike starts, the target is to reach Nongrait Village, where lies the infamous Double Decker Living Root Bridge.

First Living bridge!

The forefathers of Khasi tribe were the original architects of living root bridges. Khasi tribe is one of the prominent tribes of Meghalaya.

 

Day 9, trip meter reading crosses 700 km, the most challenging part of the trek is to climb more than 3000 vertical stairs! This is achieved in around 2 hours, less than average time is taken, not to forget!

 

Next day, reaching the underworld, heading for some serious caving exploration. There are many caves in Meghalaya, it also has the largest cave network found in the Indian-Subcontinent.

However, Mawmluh Cave is a network of 7 km of natural underground tunnels. We climb a bit to enter the underworld. We have no idea what awaits us!

Waist height water crossings, a bit of rock climbing, crawling narrow passage to move any further as well.

And to add, there are large water holes throughout the patch, one wrong move and you’re stuck!

The day is not over yet, a visit to the tallest plunge waterfall in India, ‘Nohkalikai Falls’, Cherrapunjee.

 

Leaving for Dawki, it is famous for its boating in crystal clear waters of the Umngot river. 900 km down, he reaches Dawki in the evening and finds the place too crowded, later realising tourists from Bangladesh visit too!

 

Planning to camp on the riverside, a secluded place away from most of the tourists. Shnongpdeng around 10 km north of Dawki proves to be the perfect place for camping! A local named James takes cares of everything, homemade dinner, bonfire, starry night and the soothing sound of the river.

 

Day 14, Unakoti, Tripura which is famous for its rock structures carved on hills! Many folk stories associated with it nonetheless.

Unakoti’s name refers to the number of Gods turned into stone by the angry Shiva. i.e one less than a crore.

Allowed to pitch tents in the tea garden of Tripura, next morning is made to explore the tea gardens.

 

2280 km, somewhere in Mizoram, an interesting observation, the number of kids spotted on the entire journey.

Day 22, offroading into Mizoram makes one tired pretty quickly, and what else is required than fresh fruits to regain the energy?

 

One suggestion from everyone right from planning days was never riding after dark in Northeast India.

 

Day 24, exploring the local market of Myanmar and a beautiful local monastery! 3 days later, Nagaland, leaving for Dzukou Valley trek which is one of the scenic treks in North East India. Surprised to find a fully functional rest house at the top of the valley, it starts raining heavily, a glass of hot milk with an omelette sandwich couldn’t have been any better at that stage!

 

Majuli – largest River Island in the world, day 30!

Situated in Assam, a river island in between the mighty Brahmaputra River and the only ‘Island District’ in India.

Owing to its remote connectivity from the external world, it’s a different world out here. Rich in its cultures and old traditions, this place is gold-mine when in terms of community or culture-based tourism!

 

Travel Day 32, approximately 3700 Kms, Ziro Valley, a place where one will find a unique culture of ‘Facial Tattoos’!

 

 

 

Travel Day 35, 4250 Kms, en route the Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

Suddenly, a clicking sound, the bike loses its power, the chain has broken! This is the first mechanical issue since in 30 days of riding! The day is saved with the help of Indian army and a returning biker group.

Now is day 36, Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh. Icy roads, skiddy tyres and chilly winds, managed to reach the notorious Sela Pass and take shelter in the Indian Army Cafeteria as the weather turns bad!

 

Travel day 40, 4485 km down, a quick selfie from the other side of India, Bumla Border Area in China.

 

It is day 44!

Trip meter reading is exactly 5127, Ankit Negi reaches Guwahati, loads his bike on the train and catches a flight back to Mumbai. The ride has been intense and also one of the most epic journeys of his life!

 

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Blog | Photography

22 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Gaurav Hingne

Gaurav Hingne is a full-time photographer based in Mumbai with a formal education in fine arts where he started his journey of photography. Photography, a medium he later shifted to, he now does weddings commercially.

 

 

What drives him to create pictures? – Light. Gaurav has an inclination towards natural lights and the patterns created via it when it comes to taking photographs. ‘So it’s mainly that, that I take into consideration before choosing a place to shoot and then place the subject accordingly’, he says.

 

People are his favourite subject to click. Locations are based on the play of light, which doesn’t come as a surprise!

Gaurav uses a Nikon D750 and shoots portraits extensively with a 35mm or a 50mm lens. Post-processing consists of editing images in the way they were originally clicked. ‘I try to keep it real’, he mentions.

 

A typical day in the photographer’s life is spent working on commercial work. Currently, he is trying to complete a long pending book ‘Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision’ by ‘David duChemin’.

 

In general, dedication and hope of doing better than what he did yesterday inspire him. ‘Try to do better than what you did yesterday’, says Hingne’s inner artist when it comes to advising our readers when it comes to photography. Also, steer away from following anyone else’s vision, he says. ‘Create your own and give it time. Nothing happens in a day or week’s time’, adds the photographer.

 

Words by Harpreet

 

Images by ©Gaurav Hingne

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Art | Blog | Interviews

21 December 2017

Interview with Artist: Sikander

Meet Sikander, whose journey of an artist began whilst being fascinated by Sikh gurus painted on calendars.

Sikander

 

Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Painting? Tell us a bit about yourself.

– Since my childhood when I was 5-6 years of age, I knew that I would become an artist. I have always wanted to become a painting artist. I was always fascinated by the calendars of Sikh gurus painted or printed on them. I tried copying them and started following the path of art. This way my journey of art began.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you faced as an artist?

– Visual art is an art which attracts one’s vision and one that an artist creates. That creation of art gives happiness not only to the artist but also to the viewer. It was very hard to describe what art actually is. Generally, people think that an artist paints the walls & hoardings only. But making them realise the efforts and hard work that an artist puts in to make a masterpiece was my biggest challenge and secondly, when you go through the struggle, financially you face a lot of difficulties which I think is very important part of one’s life.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain your work process of Paintings?

– Being a watercolour artist I cannot live without my art kit which includes brushes, paint, sheets. They are a must. As an artist I am very fond of travelling and capturing the beauty of this world. Whenever I travel, I click, get ideas and convert them into paintings. I like to paint outdoor and live too.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying Art in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– Of course, I recommend studying in Arts college. I, myself have graduated from the Government College of Art, Chandigarh. So whatever I have achieved until today, my college has equally contributed. You get to learn so much from your teachers, seniors and fellow mates. This way your circle widens and you get quite good chance to improve yourself.

 

Inspiro India: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

– My biggest influence in the way of my journey as an artist. The famous artist Sobha Singh. I was so inspired by his art style and the masterpieces he has created.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

– I have always wanted to become an artist.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your approach to paint?

– Painting is a meditation in itself. One cannot describe the beauty of art in few or more words. It is beyond description. It is a satisfaction which one can only feel and cannot express in words. One must be thankful if he or she is an artist.

 

Inspiro India: How would you define beauty in less than 140 characters?

– Beauty in my words is anything that exists in nature. Whether it is the mountains, sky, water, humans, animals, birds or trees, I enjoy everything present in nature. God is the biggest artist. The beautiful creations of nature have so much to see and enjoy that describing it is beyond words. As an artist I love to paint everything in nature like landscapes, portraits etc.

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

– Besides painting I am a gadget freak. I love buying latest gadgets. This is my passion since I started earning. I always keep myself updated with the new gadgets in town.

Paintings by ©Sikander

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? Some creative tips you’d like to share?

– As an artist, I would love to share my experiences with other creative heads, one must be honest with the type of work he or she does. Apart from the commercial approach, I think one must enjoy and feel proud of whatever you paint. Feeling satisfied with your work is the biggest earning.

 

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20 December 2017

Blogger of the Week: Shruti

Shruti is a 29-year-old multi-tasker, who efficiently juggles her life with a 2 and a half year long marriage, her work profile of a UI/UX designer and a blog. She has planned to come up with her online store of curated vintage inspired clothes. She is an ardent vintage lover. Film photography, yoga, classic rock music and clothes are among her other favourites.

Her blog is about her thoughts, things and people that inspire her, and all other things she loves- photography, music, travel, etc.

 

On being asked about what makes her blog unique, she states

“It’s a difficult one to answer though. I mean someone else would be able to tell it better if it is different at all. On my part, I try to create a feeling rather than something that is commercial or something that looks artificial. It is actually difficult for me to categorise my blog because I write about a variety of topics: everything I feel and experience. To many it may look like a style blog but it’s not entirely a style blog. I also write about my life, my weaknesses, my thoughts – so maybe that’s something that makes it different. I also don’t have regular updates on my blog, because I don’t want to make it something that I need to maintain or feel the pressure to maintain. I started this blog as an escape route and I wish to keep it that way.”

 

Her style statement is not of a trend follower or a brand conscious person. Versatility is her keyword. She shares, “My style keeps on changing on how I feel on a particular day or the kind of music I am into.”

 

Music is a major influence on her style. On days when punk rock is in a loop, her attire reflects that. Her wardrobe reflects her playlist of the day, let it be Kenny Rodgers, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles etc. To pin down, her style is a mix of the 60s and androgynous fashion.

 

She feels her inspiration doesn’t come from trendsetting and high ended fashion journals but from street style and music. She likes what she terms practical fashion, something that you can carry every day. She is fond of efficient tailoring. TV shows have been her major source of inspiration lately, some of the characters from Downton Abbey, Mad Men for example. She has also explored the arena of men’s fashion and loves to borrow stuff from her husband’s wardrobe.

 

She started her blog in 2013. It started as a platform to spill out her thoughts. She developed upon her blog as a style curation feed a year after in 2014. She finds blogging a great platform to share, a great way for her to express her creativity and thoughts. For someone like her, who started a blog solely to express thoughts and share photos – she feels blogging has also lost its essence in many ways. According to her blogging is a great way to know a person. She says, “for me – to be able to feel/ connect with someone just by reading about them is really important. To be able to feel like you know them and you can relate to them or think they are really cool or just like you makes you feel like you will be great friends if you met in real life.”

She believes blogging has become a source of income, a full-time job, a feedback forum in many ways but feels that connection to be able to relate on a personal level is missing.

Her blog which is called Retro Days comes from her love for everything vintage such as old music, retro/vintage fashion, film photography, old architecture and many other things.

 

Her posts are quite relatable to people who are in their 20s/30s but sometimes it becomes hard for her to judge her audience as people from various ages have liked her content from time to time just like her yoga posts that are liked by people of different age groups.

 

Shruti

 

Long-term planning is not the kind of game that she plays but wishes to keep having fun and follow her passion. She says, “I really like blogging, so I’ll keep doing that for sure. I am planning to launch my online shop soon and I’m really looking forward to that. Exploring my creative potential is something that is always on the cards. To stay happy and fit is my everyday goal”

 

Shruti uses her iPhone to click her pictures but prefers using a digital camera when someone else clicks for her. However, she wishes to start using film cameras as they bring a type of feel that most other cameras cannot capture.

 

She says that people should not start blogging with a notion of making money on it because at that very moment one ends up losing authenticity which causes the focus to get diluted and she believes that one should write and blog just for oneself.

Words by Laveena Behl
©Shruti

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16 December 2017

Tour-de-Thar Itinerary: 6 days of exploration in the vicinity of Rajasthan with Western Motorsports and MotoVarnan

What if someone offered you an opportunity to spend the last few days of this year with friends, old and new, riding across the beautiful back roads in the day, sitting across a warm campfire in the wilderness, singing and dancing the night away, hard to say NO! Right? Here’s the itinerary:

 

Day 1: Sunday, 24th December, Jaipur-Jodhpur 414 km.

The Day of the Living Gods. This day will see us explore the stories of the Living Gods of Rajasthan. A temple dedicated to a man and his motorcycle, a temple for a lady who jumped into her husband’s pyre and a memorial built for conservationists, all are in store. We will be staying at a Hut Resort in a village near Jodhpur.

 

Day 2: Monday, 25th December, Jodhpur Local

The Day of The Maharaja. After breakfast, we head out to explore the iconic monuments including Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada. A casual stroll around the markets exploring the local delicacies and the day ends with a relaxed evening around a bonfire. We will be staying at a Hut Resort in a village near Jodhpur.

 

Day 3: Tuesday, 26th December, Jodhpur-WMsar 334 km.

A Million Star Day. An early morning departure to visit Mandore, a city of historical and mythological importance. Later things get spiced up as we find our way to the world famous Mathaniya chilly plantations. After a relaxed lunch, we take a 2 km offroad detour to reach WMsar a lake in midst of the Desert and our stay for the night. Stay at a Million Star accommodation and Cookout in the wild. Enjoy bonfire, photography and a wonderful company.

 

Day 4: Wednesday, 27th December, WMsar-Sam 300 km.

The Day of the Sand. Taking the lonely backroads today we enter deep into the desert till the borders stop us. After a visit to Tanot and Longewala border posts, we keep riding/driving along the International border to reach Ghotaru. Having a historic and military importance, Ghotaru Fort is a hidden gem in the vast Thar Desert. We leave our vehicles and take the camels to travel further in the desert. A campsite specially erected for us in the middle of the desert will be our stay for the night.

 

Photos by Western Motorsport

 

Day 5: Thursday, 28th December, Sam-Osian 290 km.

The Jurassic Day. We bypass the Jaisalmer city to reach Akal Wood Fossil Park to get acquainted with the Jurassic era. We take the back roads to reach the last destination of Tour de Thar, Osian. Another Million Star accommodation. We stay in a camp and share our experiences around a bonfire along with some local lip-smacking dishes. Later we sing and dance the night away to end this epic Adventure.

 

Day 6: Friday, 29th December, Osian-Jaipur 385 km.

Dasvidaniya. We say our Goodbyes and head to our respective destinations.

 

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Art | Blog

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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14 December 2017

Interview with Photographer: Pritham Denzil Dsouza

Meet Pritham Denzil Dsouza, a professional photographer based in Mangalore who is also a farmer. 

Pritham Denzil Dsouza

 

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

– My name is Pritham Denzil Dsouza, and I am professional photographer based in Mangalore. I am also a farmer, studied agriculture, belong to the first batch in India to be trained in simplified hydroponics (soilless cultivation) and was nominated for state awards in 2008 for the best progressive farmer.  I have also conducted workshops for farmers on integrated management practices and sustainable farming, organic farming. I also am a self-taught musician, began to play the guitar when I was 8 years old, die-hard heavy metal fanatic! And currently, play for India’s oldest death metal band called “dying embrace” based in Bangalore. We just had our 25th-anniversary gig in Bangalore in November last month. As a photographer, my travel photos have been published in travel lite magazine based in the Philippines, and BQ in Qatar, fashion in Mc Glory magazine based in the USA, and food photos, for  BBC good food India.

 

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

– Lightning is the key to making any portrait stand out. I usually love to shoot at ambient light, but using 1 light or Speedlite gives more dynamics to an image as I love hard shadows. when we decide on the shoot, its planned at least 2 months in advance, I need to decide on location, outfits and styling. So, everything you see is a culmination of over 60 days of pre-planning .

 

 

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

– Never had a problem so far, as almost all my shoots are done outside Mangalore or even few abroad. The only problems I have faced are lewd comments and moral policing on few of my photos on an Instagram account.

 

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

– In fashion photography, I love the glamour aspect, as fashion by default is all about that and a lot more! I see a lot of youngsters with cameras calling themselves fashion photographers and to be honest there is a massive difference in shooting portraits and fashion. To me, fashion photography is more about the fabric and cloth while portrait photography is all about mood and expressions. and that is why wedding photography inspires me the most, as it is my main source of income. I love to document weddings in a photo-journalistic manner, capturing a wide range of people’s emotions and expressions, non staged. It’s been an amazing experience as I have covered over 300 events in 8 countries and 16 cities in India so far.
3 favourite photography locations so far would be Kyoto in Japan for landscapes, coz it’s just beautiful during the fall season. Seychelle’s for fashion photography because it has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and Lisbon in Portugal also for fashion and portraits coz every corner, street in Lisbon is overflowing with centuries of culture, architecture which would make environmental portraits look awesome.

 

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

– If not a photographer or musician, I would have been an organic farmer.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Photojournalistic: capture memories.

 

Inspiro India: You seem to be creative in so many different mediums. What keeps you inspired?

– Boredom! Seriously, that’s been a key motivating factor for me to keep involving myself in several projects and assignments.

 

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

– Again it comes to lighting, knowing the basics of camera settings and applying them to get the desired results. It’s not merely pointed and shoot as many people think. Composing photos involves “vision” which is key to making any photo. what comes next? only time will tell.

 

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

– As a child, I wanted to be a veterinary doctor as I love animals. I wish to travel all over the world, but mostly I want to explore my own country India as I need a lifetime for that.

 

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

– There are a lot of photographs I have clicked that are my favourites and they will be posted on Instagram, but it’s hard to pinpoint 1 favourite as I have clicked over 4,00,000 photos since the last 11 years or so. But in weddings the bridal dressing sessions and vidayi photos I absolutely love.

 

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

– I shoot images in RAW. after the shoot, I immediately transfer the photos to the hard disk and import in Lightroom. after editing the photos with my signature style I export them as high-resolution jpegs with 300 dpi and give them back to clients in a customised pen drive. The low res files I send private google plus links so they can share with their friends and family.
I currently shoot with 2 cameras. the Canon 1DX and Canon 1DX Mark II and the favourite lens I use EF 70-200 f 2.8 L IS II USM, 85 mm f 1.2 L II USM, 11-24 f 4 L USM, 35 mm f 1.4 L II USM, 24-70 f 2.8 L II USM, 100 mm f 2.8 L IS Macro USM and 135 mm f 2.0 L USM . I have few more other lenses as well.

Photos by ©Pritham Denzil Dsouza

 

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

– Be creative, be contemporary and evolve with the times yet not forgetting your old school ways.

 

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13 December 2017

Blogger of the Week: Shubhkiran

Shubhkiran is a 25-year-old Business and Design graduate from Chandigarh. She juggles between a routine of 9 to 5 Design job during the day and a fashion blog by night. The blog began as a medium to share her favourite buys and budget finds. It has now transformed into a kaleidoscopic display of everything from travel and fashion to beauty and lifestyle.

 

The uniqueness of the blog lies in presenting the mundane everyday style in an impressive way. It’s about clothes that are versatile, shoes that are comfortable, beauty products that are great yet affordable. It stands out because it’s less about the current trends and fads and more about individual style.

 

Describing her personal style statement, Shubhkiran shares, 
’My style is very minimal and basic chic but with a bit of edge. It’s about low key yet timeless pieces topped with fun or a statement accessory to uplift the overall impact.’

 

Shubhkiran

 

Her major sources of inspiration are all the fashion magazines and personal style blogs she grew up reading. While she learnt about what’s new and ‘it’ via magazines, style blogs paved the way for moulding her personal style. Hence, print and digital media are the key factors of her style enhancement.

 

Shubhkiran started her blog in June 2015. She ardently followed fashion blogs from her high school days, which lead her to discover the lack of content about the everyday budget fashion online. Thus, she started documenting budget-friendly daily outfits on social media. Once that gained momentum, he gave his blog a proper professional touch.

 

Blogging, according to Shubhkiran, is a great platform to express oneself and share one’s passions. One earns a lot of exposure and opportunities via connecting with like-minded people. To be precise, it’s an online portfolio of your digital presence and helps you establish your personality in the desired arena or industry.

 

She also shares the anecdote behind the blog name,
’I always dress up in fragments i.e. tops and bottoms. Whenever I have to break down my outfit, I begin with the top and then the bottom and then all the other accessories or add-ons. The method in which I explain my apparels pinned down the name of the blog to “TOP TO BOTTOM”. It is an exhausted term in my vocabulary till date.’

 

The audience ranges from the age of 15 to 35, comprising of mostly college youth and women on the move looking for everyday outfit inspiration.

 

She plans to venture into YouTube and building a more personal rapport with her audience. She has also planned to introduce more segments into the blog and converting it into one comprehensive style guide for everyday women.

 

She uses a Canon 70D but at times resorts to her first camera i.e. the Nikon D3200.

 

An advice from Shubhkiran to upcoming bloggers to people who are stepping into this field,

 ‘Be 100% original and show the real you. People identify more with someone who has flaws and is closer to reality rather than a person who is perfect but stagnant. Secondly, be consistent if you want to build a community out of the traffic, but make sure to periodically refresh content on your blog, and give a reason for your followers to return to your blog, and grab attention of the newer audience as well.’

Words by Laveena Behl

©Shubhkiran

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