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25 May 2017

Interview with Photographer: Vijendra Trighatia

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

 

Vijendra Trighatia

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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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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Starry Hair

 

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.

Water Dance

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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Her – only if you’re not scared of the storm. ~ A
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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!