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11 January 2018

Interview with Artist: Shweta Malhotra

Meet Shweta, a visual artist/photographer based in Delhi who is also passionate about baking.

Shweta Malhotra

 

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

Shweta Malhotra: I’ve always been interested in art. I first dabbled with paints as a little girl but my career as a professional artist began much later in my life. I painted for pleasure, to keep myself busy and to pass the time away. As a student, I was always attracted to art, and in high school, I won several painting competitions as well but never thought about making a career in art.

4 years ago I felt the desire of picking up my paintbrush again. I went and got a bunch of acrylic paints, brushes and started doing it, and it’s really been a therapeutic thing for me.

 

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

SM: I’m a self-taught painter, who loves to colour the abstract beauty on canvas and enliven its gleam in the viewers’ eyes. For me, art is like being on a roller coaster, ups and downs, highs and lows, twists and turns. My paintings splash the eternal meaning of all the highs and lows of one’s life into a depth of emotions. My painted canvases are colourful, I cherish old traditions, new ideas, style and knowledge.

 

 

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

SM: I work with several tools and try to bring out something new in every new series. But the process is sometimes easy and at times cruel as well. Some pieces take either hours or months to complete. I never set a target for completing my work. One of my paintings in my last show took the longest. I always let my work rest for a day or two and come back to it. This gives me time to think about what I am going to do next in a completely different way.

When I start something new, I have a set direction usually few sketches but when I paint, I let my creativity and mind play on the canvas. That way my work stays varied and fresh. I do not stick with a style and replicate it over and over for a long time. When I start feeling comfortable, that is not a good sign so I change things up.

 

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

SM: It is a loaded question but honestly it depends mostly whether you choose the right college or not.

I have never attended any art college and always feel you don’t really get much out of it financially after paying a good amount of fees. There is an overwhelming chance you will not make money in art. You will find a lot of people who will truly appreciate your art but there are very few who will buy it.

From the skill point of you, I will recommend going to small art schools or institutes. Find a mentor instead of looking for an art college. Most of the skills you can gain yourself by intense self-work, but it’s helpful to have a mentor who can guide you out of the ruts you will fall into.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

SM: I’m a person who is influenced by love the most. Fortunately, that is what I got in abundance from my family. They are my most valuable support system. My relationship with God and my family form the foundation of who I am. Everything else is built on top of this.

 

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

SM: To be honest with you, I never quite knew what exactly I wanted to become. One day I wanted to be a chef and another day a teacher. I always felt a bit insecure about the future and couldn’t imagine myself as someone.

Soon I realised, It doesn’t matter what you always wanted to be. It’s just a fantasy. What matters is this moment, now.

 

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

SM: True beauty comes from a person’s internal attributes, the unfading beauty of being a gentle and quiet soul. It’s a state of mind, it’s a quality. Nothing in this world is perfect and I always believe that the beauty lies in someone’s eye.  If you see something with a vision of beauty it will definitely become beautiful. Else try it in any form or way that thing or person will never turn beautiful. Beauty is infinite, everyone and everything is beautiful in its own way.

 

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

SM: Apart from painting, I’m passionate about baking. I love the process of researching new recipes and testing them. I can bake delicious cake and make some scrumptious chocolates and desserts.

 

Paintings by ©Shweta Malhotra

 

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

SM: The only advice I can give is, do not wait around for some miracle to happen. All the best ideas come out of the process, the hard work. Just follow your instinct and work on it, things will happen. Definitely!!!

 

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4 January 2018

Interview with Photographer: Jassi Oberai

Meet Jassi Oberai, a pharmacist living his dream life by capturing the beauty of nature and everything that comes his way. 

Jassi Oberai

 

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

– Photography happened to me suddenly. I did not plan to be a photographer. In one of my corporate trips to Corbett, I bumped into a wildlife photographer and my 5-minute interaction with him changed my life. The irony is that I don’t even know his name or remember him. But once I picked up my first DSLR, there was no looking back.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your travel photography and way of working?

– Unlike earlier, today my travel photography is mostly on the photo tours that I organise and conduct. And that poses a huge challenge because when you are leading a photo tour, the priority is participants and not you. I have managed to fine-tune the act of balancing.

 

 

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

– Well, nothing except for weather challenges and that is what makes photography ever so exciting. I remember one incident while I was trying to shoot a seascape in Bali. After identifying a spot on the edge of the rock on a beach, I waited for almost 15 minutes to check how far the strongest wave reaches. And I thought I was safe. I set my tripod and camera with ND filter on it and the moment I looked through the viewfinder to do fine tuning before I finally press the shutter, a strong wave came out of nowhere and totally drenched me along with my camera. The camera was dripping wet and so was I. Luckily my camera was waterproof so no damage was done. It took me another half an hour to create one image and obviously it is highly satisfying to see the final result.

 

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

– I am in love with nature and Landscape Photography excites me the most. My top three favourite photography locations are Iceland, Norway (still on my bucket list) and Ladakh.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, what would have Jassi been doing?

– I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Honestly, I always wondered why people look down on a salaried job but the moment I took the plunge I realised why people do that. There is nothing better and satisfying than living your dream and making it come true. There was a time I wanted to become a doctor, I became a pharmacist instead, spent my better-salaried life selling financial products and managing teams but nothing more satisfying than capturing the beauty of nature through my lens and making it eternal.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Freestyle. I like shooting almost everything that comes my way. But yes over a period of time I know that some genres are beyond me like street, product and food photography.

 

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

– Landscape Photography is all about patience. You identify your frame, set it up and wait. Sometimes you have to go there another time or day to get the best shot. One thing people must understand is that Landscape Photography is certainly not photojournalism. You have to be good at post processing to create breathtaking images. When creating slow shutter or long exposure landscape images, accessories like, tripod, ball head, ND filter system are of extreme importance.

 

The list of equipment to be acquired is long and expensive.  But yes I am looking forward to own support equipment to shoot my timelapse.

 

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

– As a child, I wanted to become a Doctor. My dream is to influence as many as I can with my art and impart photography education. And I am relentlessly working on that.

 

Inspiro India: ‘Studio Light’ or ‘Natural Light’?

– Natural Light any day. I somehow don’t like the artificial studio set up.

 

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

– My favourite is the recent image of ‘Northern Lights’ taken in Iceland. Though I was lucky with Northern Lights with almost daily sighting but somehow good composition was eluding me. While we were at the fag end of our tour, we decided to try a new spot, Black Church and viola we got what we were looking at.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? Which camera do you shoot with? Your favourite lenses and other equipment that you use?

– I use Adobe Photoshop and NIK Plugins to process my images. I shoot with Canon 5D Mark IV camera and my favourite lens is my newly acquired Canon 16-35 f/2.8L III USM wide angle lens.

Favourite Photograph // Northern Lights

Photos by ©Jassi Oberai

 

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

– Don’t be in a hurry. Embrace patience and keep moving towards your goal. Put skill enhancement on a priority list of gear buying syndrome. A good camera will give you better result only if you are skilled enough to extract the best out of it.

 

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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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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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2 November 2017

Interview with Photographer: Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi

Dr. Tabeenah, a senior journalist, is presently the Bureau Head of Deccan Herald in Rajasthan apart from being a vivid photographer. Born and brought up in the valley of Kashmir, Qureshi pursued her master’s and Ph.D. in Jaipur, Rajasthan, which she now calls her second home.
She chased her passion for photography diligently and went on to win the National Award in Photography conferred by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt of India. Dr. Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi is the first woman photographer from Rajasthan and Kashmir to bag the imminent award.
Camera for her is a co-traveller as she ventures out to click some of the most stupendous photographs. Her usual style follows the monochrome school of thought. Her work on Kashmir Floods was displayed in APPRA international conference in Kathmandu, in 2015. After completion of her doctorate degree, she was venerated with the prestigious UNICEF Media fellowship under which she researched on ‘Impact of Swachh Bharat Campaign in Tribal areas of Rajasthan’.

Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi

 

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

– I call it the experiences of ‘a mountain girl wandering in the desert’. I won’t call it matter of chance but I owe a lot to Jaipur, my current residential city for pursuing the hidden passion of Photography. In the second year of my course, 2009, I participated in a three-week photojournalism workshop and that’s how the journey started. That time I did not have a camera to use, so I captured the photographs with the borrowed camera of my teacher Prof, Sanjeev Bhanawat, Head Centre for Mass Communication. It was my first exploration of Jaipur city with a camera. I started seeing new things. I would stop and observe. Looking through the viewfinder was an entirely different experience. When I returned to Kashmir in summer vacations, after seeing some prints of the photographs from the workshop that were later displayed in the exhibition, my parents gifted me a canon digital camera. I would roam around the city, into unknown lanes, revisit places, with my cotraveller. It was like revisiting my birthplace. So all through my vacations I would keep a camera in my bag and photograph everything. Then there was no stopping it. The camera became an ornament for me. I would wear it around my neck and feel proud.

 

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

– Since photography is not just my profession but a fulfilling hobby and passion. It is a form of expression for me. I teach photography and photojournalism in colleges, university, and schools. It is always good to strike a conversation with new entrants, it feels as if one is revisiting her beginning days.

 

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk about your photo documentaries and ways of working?

– My style is both Documentary and Photojournalistic. Since I am a journalist and end up working on news stories, so gradually it has taken a form in the style of my photography. I love to capture people, subjects from the street, issues and of course, there are traces of abstract photography too in most of my work. For first three years I would capture everything randomly but with time I realized that there should be a body of work.
One major difference between Rajasthan and Kashmir is that the desert is more colourful. In the last 7 years I have travelled to most places in Rajasthan and being a woman photojournalist has helped me in terms of getting lovely portraits of women who otherwise get conscious in the presence of men.
I love black and white photographs. I believe they make our subjects more powerful. But sometimes colours too are important.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Mine is a freestyle photography work. I love to capture emotions, geometry and off course every photograph has a story behind it. Autumn is my favourite month and I have captured it the most, especially crimson chinars in Kashmir. Besides this, I love to capture the bond between generations, women through veils, and practices of faith through photographs.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Tabeenah been doing? What did you aspire to be as a child?

– Well, I think that even in an imaginary world I would be doing exactly what I am doing right now! I say this because recently a friend of mine in Kashmir shared a page of a slam book with me. It mentions that when I had filled that, I was in class 7th. Interestingly, There is a question which says 1. What do you want to become in your life? And my answer which I had completely forgotten was ‘ Journalist, Teacher or a Doctor’. I am blessed that I am all three.
Recently I’ve earned a doctorate degree as well. My thesis was on Social Media. My inspiration to be a teacher came from my mother, the aim to become a doctor comes after seeing my grandfather who was a doctor treating patients, and I wanted to be a journalist because my hometown was always a center of attraction.

 

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

– To be honest, I don’t do much post-processing. The only bit of contrast and conversion into Black and white. I stick to the basic principles of editing that was allowed in darkroom editing. I use canon 600D, and two lenses 40 mm and 18-135 mm. I bought it in 2013 and have not changed my kit since then. I believe more than the gadget one needs to learn and adapt the art of seeing. Gadgets are important and compositions are important as well. Also, I believe that a creative mentor is important to polish your skills, and for that, I am thankful to my friend and mentor Mr. Himanshu Vyas for being there.

 

Inspiro India: You are the recipient of prestigious 4th National Award in Photography (Amateur category), Conferred by I &B Ministry, Govt of India. Do you believe Awards and recognitions make any difference?

– Yes, that way I have been lucky enough. To some extent, they do make a difference. I believe that one should participate in as many competitions as he/she can. This way your photographic work gets reviewed as well. Otherwise, they just remain confined to our laptops and hard drives.

 

Inspiro India: Your favourite series and story behind it?

– One of my favourite series is on Kashmir flood – ‘Resilience- Kashmir Floods’. A photo story of 24 photographs which were displayed at APPRA international conference in Kathmandu in 2015. I have captured them in the autumn of 2014 when Jhelum breached its banks and swamped not only the golden Chinar leaves that were still falling in Kashmir but just about everything. People, cows, houses, trees…all were swept away by the river, flooded with incessant rains. The strong wooden pillars of Kashmiri homes that were inundated, weakened and worn off.
The photo exhibition was a depiction of life just after floods in a resilient valley. The strength and grace with which the people of Kashmir faced their fate are palpable. Photos show quiet and calm on hurt faces just as there was warm coming together of families and extended relatives. There was a struggle of migration but there’s also peace and surrender manifest at the doors of the shrines.
A year after the valley took one of its worst disasters in its stride; the social, economic and political impact of the floods are now woven into its fabric with some permanence. With a greater degree of permanence, autumn’s ripe in the valley again. As the golden Chinar leaves glide through nippy October air, lotus blooms are smugly afloat, canoes are ferrying & nadru, across and people are patiently rebuilding their lives amidst many rounds of Kahwa. Jhelum is flowing in its familiar rhythm.

 

Inspiro India: You are a journalist and working with a national newspaper, how does your passion help you in your career?

– Well, nowadays, it’s important for a journalist to have knowledge of all fields. It gives me an extra mileage as I can capture photographs from the story I am doing in my newspaper. It is always good if you know both the arts.

 

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

– There are many. Most of them are from the month of Autumn and by the sides of river Jhelum, in Srinagar, one of my favourite and only places to hang out in Kashmir. One photograph has the reflection of houseboats and chinars floating over the river. Then there is one of my initial photographs, a chinar in midair. Also, a frame with chinar on the mouth of Verinag, the source of river Jhelum.

 

 

favourite photograph

Resilience – Kashmir Floods – Photo Series by ©Dr. Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi

 

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

– There is just one advice, keep clicking and ‘practice patience’. Don’t just treat your subjects merely as elements in your pictures. Try to be friendly with them. Also, I believe that Photography is an art, a photo might take seconds to form but a real good photograph takes sense and a mind of the photographer. Discuss your photographs, with your fellow photographers, friends, and parents. Discuss.

 

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19 October 2017

Interview with Illustrator: Harshvardhan Kadam

Meet Harshvardhan, a Mural Artist and illustrator. 

Harshvardhan Kadam

 

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

– Curiosity was what really got me digging a step further in what seemed familiar. My parents illustrated many volumes of books for Indian comic book industry. I grew up looking at the art of making comics and wanted to make mine. But could never draw as good as my parents did. Also, I was not limited by the term illustration per say because I never started off as one.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? Any challenges you’ve faced as an artist?

– My style of visual arts is a rather unconventional evolution of even I don’t know what. It is a process and is always evolving. You can see the roots are based on Indian aesthetics which I have a very keen interest in. I am building a visual language which has become a new beginning of the chapter of Indian aesthetics. As many of our traditional artistic practices are vanishing I find it essential to retain certain aspects of this subcontinent’s diversities within my capacities. In my attempt to evolve this further I have kept all of my personal preferences away from my practice to produce a volume of work where through stories the people keep getting inspired. Challenges are many but the intent is pure so much gets resolved within the process.

 

 

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

– An ink brush and paper is all I really need but I have way more that I need for finished work pieces.
My work process is really simple most of the time. I start on simple paper, usually copy paper, with a pencil. Once I finish the sketch, I ink it with an ink brush or a regular paintbrush and ink. Then I scan it and colour it in digitally! Voila! That simple!
Of course, there are times when I throw in photographs and textures, which involves a few more steps but the above is my usual process.

 

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

– My process is a merger of the latest digital tools available for visual art. My iPad Pro and the Pencil, a loaded MacBook Pro, my sketchbooks, a stationary kit, backpack, sunglasses, brushes, rollers and my music.

 

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

– No school in India teaches illustration dedicatedly. And study after all is a personal preference. In India the general idea of studying is competition. Where studies should be time spent to enrich our lives with knowledge and empower self to be a better human along with formal education, a personal discipline makes a lot of difference.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

– My mother

 

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

– An architect haha! Also a farmer because I just loved to see a seed become a plant.

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a Mural Artist?

– There is not a lot to enjoy while making a mural. The process is exhausting and tiring but in this whole process, I get to talk to people from the region I paint and to listen to them is what I love. Hear their stories and a bit about their life is a good window to listen to someone out even if it is not related to work. That is very beautiful. It makes me realize that so many people want to talk but do not have ears to listen to.

 

Inspiro India: What according to you is the future of Street Art and Artists in India?

– Most artists who practice making murals in public spaces in India are the leaders and game changers in the current art or design scene of India. We are the ones who took that step to change how the world around us look a few years ago and are making groundbreaking work already. India is a tricky canvas at the same time and hoping to see more cities coloured and more love everywhere in India.

 

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

– I am a rider and very much an outdoor person. I love forests and mountains and rivers and seas and I am more passionate about them than my work I guess. To be with them I have to work. So my love is bipolar haha!

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Photo by Naman Saraiya

Photo by Ranjith P.M

Wall Art by ©Harshvardhan Kadam

 

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

– The only advice my father gave me was to draw. He never taught me anything. He said, draw and you will know. Just like reading,  you will know.

Many tell me that they want to be like me. To be honest I did not have a reference point to look up to in artistic graphs. Even today, my biggest inspiration to push myself further is at Khajuraho, Ajanta Ellora, and are mostly anonymous. I see honesty there. Sublime honesty. So draw honestly 🙂

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Check out his full feature in March’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#26 – Download Free.

 

 

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18 May 2017

Interview with Artist: Smriti Choudhary

 

 

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

– I have loved to draw since I was a little child. My mother is from Fine Arts background and my childhood home in Rajasthan was adorned by gorgeous oil paintings that she had made before she got married. She has always been there to support and guide me. After I finished school, I joined National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and graduated as a Graphic Designer in 2005. Soon after I started my independent design studio – Pinksoda and pursued a career in Brand & Design consultancy. After years of living in big cities and working on computers, I started craving to draw again and to reconnect with nature. This finally led to me launching Airphish in 2013 and since then I haven’t stopped drawing and I don’t think I ever will.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator?

– My illustration style is a mix of naturalism and surrealism. My illustrations have a dreamlike quality and are always inspired by nature and wildlife. When I started, my artworks were not so detailed. As I progressed, every artwork became a challenge. Specially with techniques like stippling one needs a lot of patience and having to sit at one place for hours is definitely one of the biggest challenge.

 

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

– I can’t live without micron pens. I use them for all my artworks. There is no set process that I follow. Sometimes I look at a subject and draw, sometimes it’s part of my imagination, and sometimes it starts with a narrative; I just go with the flow. Ideas can come from anywhere. Once I finalise on what I want to draw, I first sketch it out with pencil and then I start my inking process. Depending on the size of the artwork and detailing, it could take anywhere from a week to a month’s time to finish one piece.

 

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

– I have seen many brilliant artists who have never had any professional training but can still draw far better than any artist from a reputed art/design college. I think discipline is more important. You need to keep practicing, sketching, observing and exploring. Practice does make one perfect. This doesn’t mean that art/design colleges are not worth it. I went to a design college myself and I did learn a lot. But every person is different and needs to decide what’s best for them.

 

Under The Stars

Early morning

Summer

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about Detailing in your illustrations?

– I use fine pigment pens to illustrate and techniques like stippling and hatching to capture details of a subject. All my illustrations are black and white and i play around with the contrast to create depth in my artworks.

 

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

– I wanted to become an artist or a dancer. I loved arts. I concentrated more on co curricular activities in school than studies. All my friends came to me when they wanted a diagram for their science practical. In fact, my science teacher liked me only because I would draw diagrams for the whole class on the blackboard.

 

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Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a illustrator/designer?

– The best part of being an illustrator is that I get to do what I enjoy the most in this world – DRAW! I can translate my thoughts and feelings to visuals and share with the world. Also, it’s extremely satisfying to create something that other people can connect with on an emotional level.

 

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

– I love music. I always have my headphones on when I draw. I have done a lot of design work for musicians and music events in past only because of my love for music. I also love to travel and watch movies.

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Winter

Autumn

©Smriti Choudhary

 

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

– When you have a creative block, take a break. Go to a peaceful place for a vacation, talk to people who are not artists and give yourself plenty of time to daydream.

 

 

Check out her full feature in March’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#26 – Download Free.

 

 

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29 March 2016

Interview with Avinash Jai Singh : Daaku Jai Singh of Illustrated World

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Inspiro India: Art/Illustration- How did you decide it was your calling ?

– I don’t think, you decide your calling. It’s the calling that chooses you. It’s the small little effort one puts in everyday for years. I have been painting, since i was a little kid and that too, was my in my initial years, it was my dad’s persistence to make me sketch every day. And I became better at visual literacy than anything else.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? And the challenges you faced as an artist/illustrator ?

– I swear by Symbolism and Metaphors, it gives me an interesting layer to play around with and it’s always exciting to discover what lies beneath. This pop surreal world has enchanted me. People usually describe my art as, Unapologetic, unabashed, clean, bold and minimal. I just try to keep it organic. To me, they just come and merge into their surroundings and keep evolving into new ones. Unpredictable, because they surprise you or shock you but would never go un-notice. Light hearted and play-full art, I don’t design to offend anyone, but taking a cranky bit on mythological stories, history lessons and ever one around from everyday life is quite fun. I mean, there are no different challenges as such, because it’s really a journey, discovering your style, discovering your look, finding the right story to say. It all matters, and sometimes, doesn’t. You can’t force an art to be done. It takes its own time, to develop in our own conscious – subconscious mind. And you can’t do anything about it, until it’s ready. But sometimes, it gets tough, when you have to meet a certain deadline, for commercial project, then it can get tricky, sometimes.

 

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Inspiro India: Why do you love illustration? Can you please explain about your work process particularly ’30 Days of summer’ series?

– Illustrations are one of those mediums, where i can work independently, unlike photography or direction, where i need to have a team in place which in itself is an exhausting job. I mean, sometimes, emotions or thoughts or ideas, are so strong that i want to put it on paper there and then, I am trying to put some ideas in photography as well but that requires planning and team management. It can’t just happen, instantly. I have to wait it out for stylist, set designers, models to come together. But in illustration, it’s just you and that one blank piece of paper. One of my self-initiated project, was to sketch every day and about the strongest emotion i felt in last 24 hours which turned out to become, 30 Days of Summer, with that one emotion, i used to thread a story around it. I have tried defining a certain style and using a certain palette to express the mood, one helluva ride that one month was.

 

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Inspiro India: How satisfied are you with the artist you are right now?

– Hahaha, initially I thought, i would feel more settled in head once this series is done, but damn, as soon as i finished this. I got more hungry for ideas. And now i don’t think there’s a thing called satisfaction, in art. More you create, you’ll realize, how little you actually know. So it’s quite a crazy scene. But as an artist, my work has a certain visual language now, a defined style, which easily stands out. So, yeah, that way i am doing pretty well.

 

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

– If you feel it, just say it. One needs to feel it, to say it. Be sensitive towards things around you, world u live in. observe and absorb. And what you do every day, makes you, who you are Not what you do occasionally.

 

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

– You guys have been quite a pleasant platform for creative guys. The stories you publish motivates a lot of people like us. who don’t have a real job (as per our parents) 🙂 it’s the magic of creating, which is above anything else. God Bless.

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29 March 2016

Interview with Astronomy Guru : Rishabh Jain

 

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Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and How you create Amazing Night Sky Shots?
– In the corner of my room is the thinking chair. What intrigues me the most the chair wouldn’t have been there if a star hadn’t exploded and created the elements needed to form it. Not a Bollywood or a Hollywood star, but a real one. Everything that we see around us is made of stardust. Millions of years of cosmic evolution and the mysterious ways of nature formed Stars, galaxies, planets, comets and asteroids. These stars are so far away that light takes several years to reach us. So one looks at things the way they were several years ago. Twinkle Twinkle little star. Now I know what you are! Mystery solved, but what next? We live on a tiny dot we call home ( a.k.a Earth )in this vast cosmic ocean and we don’t even know if there are more intelligent civilizations in the Universe. The mystery grows on you and the answers need to be found. These answers are not for one person to find or know. Fortunately, the youth of India is energetic and the children have more questions that ever. They are our real treasures and for them sky is the beginning. I am working on two Projects (philanthropic) currently with my friends o Astronomy Guru – A free online portal for people interested in learning Astronomy o Starlight – A free service for people who have never looked through a telescope Both are in their early stages but have started picking up as the interest of people grows. My other interests include Writing, Playing the guitar, Street Theatre, Batman a degree in computer applications and a search for crazy minds to join the madness. Astrophotography connects me to nature and travel keeps him humble. This keeps the engine running on my Duke 200 and the pedals kicking on my KHS. To capture the beauty of the night sky, I travel away from the city as far as I can with my camera and tripod. My knowledge of the sky helps a lot in planning my shoots. I generally have to wake up whole nights and face near freezing temperatures for long durations to get these photos. Several times I have to hike and trek to get to a desired point.

 

Inspiro India: How did you develop in this field? Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field?

– I am a self taught photographer. The basic camera handling was taught to me by Mr. Pankaj Sharma, my mentor. Since then, I have met a lot of people and have exchanged notes on technique and discipline and have added it to my workflow. Constant exposure to clear night sky, Discovery, Nat Geo and the internet kept me hooked. My parents have been the most supportive and have helped me in creating opportunities which helped me go further. There have a few hurdles but it doesn’t really bother me now. I am now working towards making astronomy more accessible to people through telescope watches and astrophotography workshops on a regular basis. There is lack of education in India and a change is needed. When you do it free, 95% of the challenges disappear and the rest 5% are mental blocks. Funds are a constant trouble because I do it for free but that’s how it is now ( I put this under the 5% category ). I learn by teaching people and answering their questions. I get to meet and work with the best people. Everything else follows. The authorities can be a little interfering at times, but I guess they are just doing their job. ” What are you doing here in the middle of the night. Pack up your stuff and move. ”

 

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Inspiro India: What does photography mean to you? And what Inspires you ?

– Photography for me is expression and showing my creativity. I travel to new places and old places and meet new people, experience different cultures. I find new meanings to things and every time I am back home, something changes for good. My real inspiration is the wonders nature has created for us to enjoy. There are subtle clues for us to find and puzzles for us to solve. Life is like a playground. I am highly satisfied working as a photographer. There is nothing better than picking up your camera and going out early morning to create your own art. Pure bliss!

 

Inspiro India: We can see your photographs are mostly of Sky, why have you chosen to present them in this form?

– My folks are avid travellers and since I was a child I was part of their pilgrimages and tours across India. The more I would see, the more I would question things. The sky and everything else was better. More birds, animals and more STARS. By now the bug had docked deep into my conscience and had dropped anchor and the summer of 1995 changed everything for me. Forever. On a clear moonless night in Rishikesh, I was lying down on a KHAT ( a traditional Indian bedstead ). I looked up and saw a fuzzy cloud running across the sky. The breeze was constant all the others did but this cloud won’t move. I had never seen this before. Fortunately, I was in the company of photographers, our fellow companions on the trip. ” You are looking at the galaxy you live in and it’s called the milkyway. See it is as white as the milk “. A good deal of my questions were answered and from that day onwards Photographers = Cool, Mountains = Home, No electricity = Stars,Travel = Knowledge. Pretty soon, my parents and teachers were running out of answers and my fascination and curiosity was gripping me and others around me. Desperate, my parents around me, they took me to the planetarium and I saw my first sky theatre show and decided that this needs further attention. Later I joined the astronomy club which gave my passion further discipline and a computer degree and a job later I joined the organization which ran it in my school. It was also here that I decided I will teach astronomy and will maintain it as a lifestyle. 25,000 students and 6 years later, I quit my job to spread my passion on a larger scale. Astronomy connects me to the Universe. I continue being a disciple of Nature. Night sky photography keeps me close to everything I have learned till now. The beauty of the night sky is unparalled.

 

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Inspiro India: What kind of Camera Gear and Equipments do you use when shoot when working in field?

– I generally carry a Camera, a tripod and some wide-angle lenses. Occasionally, I use a sky tracker to take long exposure shots without creating trails. I also keep a telescope handy for close up shots of the Moon and visual observations of planets and deep sky objects. A laptop and some extra batteries make things convenient.

 

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

– It would be really cool to fly a hybrid plane to the Moon.

 

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Inspiro India: What inspires your photography?

– Nature is full of surprises and that keeps me interested in doing what I do. As a child, I would spend hours in the field and use to climb trees to get a closer look at bird’s nests ( Fell a couple of times during my adventures ). I would also look up in the sky and see the Moon and used to wonder why does one see it during the daytime also. It changes shape and size as time progresses and this bug bit me hard as the moon will rise at exactly the same time on Karva Chauth, year after year ( well a couple of minutes here and there )The stars fascinated me even more and on nights when there used to be power outages, we would go on the building terrace and see the stars and I would wonder till how far I can see. What will see if I see if go close to the stars, I had so many questions.The more I travel, the more I learn, my questions get answered.

 

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

– I would have definitely become a forest officer.

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

– Practice. The art will follow.

 

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

– This is a great effort. Art is appreciated in India but only in small pockets and it is great to be part of a portal which connects artists and the rest of the world together. I wish the team great luck in this endeavour. Let there be Art!