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Books, Photography and Health

This probably is not the best of time while working as a editorial photographer , but a sudden urge to read books, novels, articles and newspaper has resurfaced back.Since a while back I have been keeping a track of books I have read, reread,made notes from and remembered hoping to keep the dying habit alive. As the intensity of social media and technology has crept up in an unimaginable way ,making me feel unappreciative of  day if I do not check my gmail or Facebook account, I try and find innovative ways to keep it in check.

There were times when I used to stay excessively online, browsing quirky stuff, seeing what other were doing in photography ,shooting mails and trying to check up with deadlines for photography grants and competitions. That kept on going for a while , maybe a year or so till I got fed up and realized my whole life now revolves around deadline. Hey, this was not photography for me !! The very act of stepping out and discovering new things was fading away .It was a very unhealthy style of living. A sedate one.The body clock completely changed and I started living quite a one dimensional life. So it took a long time to get back in the frame of mind a normal person is and I made a few rules for myself

i) No matter what I shall venture out for a jog and some sort of Physical activity. Haruki Murakami does it. Anil Ambani does it. There's no reason not to do it. Only a better time management needs to be prevalent. In fact when I got it feels more like a meditative exercise which I tend to enjoy.

Haruki Murakami

ii) I visit the web very specifically only focussed towards task at hand. It means avoiding a lot of interesting but unnecessary websites, posts ,trailers, music posts, and blog. If i need to write an email I better do it right now than randomly browsing the net .

I am not blaming the internet or social media , just that I really to understand my priorities. As i grow older ,the time to read a book has slackened and the reasons not to do so has elongated. You keep a book in hand for long, get stuck to a few pages and chapters, then it becomes a drag and you loose interest to read it anymore.There goes one of my important channels to gain knowledge in wide and varied fields.And also a concentrated way of reading about a subject that must have been written with a lot of depth, thorough research and sound understanding. Not to mention the way it might have been written.

So ,right now I feel happy and satisfied that I have been able to read six books this year on varied topics. I feel like I have utilized my time well. For me it has also been a much better style of living and functioning. I saved my back and eyes from a lot of unnecessary details. When people talk about photography and give advice to photographers in a lot of ways, I wish they also talk about health. And how important it is to maintain it just as it is to build a vision. Both needs tremendous patience. Photography after all is a physical activity and probably at a long term stage ,this will come into notice. Everything is a long term project and a few probably will stick for life.

 

By the way I am reading " With Chatwin " currently and I hope to visit Patagonia one fine day

Bruce Chatwin

 
Photography workshop for underprivileged

Recently I started an initiative called Happy Camera Club ( taking photography workshops in India ). The whole idea was to make effective use of my time and teach photography to the underprivileged . Though doing something like that loomed large since some time ,only this year it got into implementation mode. we started with a couple of cameras and I was very happy with the end results. One of the students from that workshop was Nagaraj. Crippled by polio at an early age he was wheelchair bound. And he his dream was to be a wildlife photographer.

lion tail mackoc with baby in western ghats

lion tail mackoc with baby in western ghats@ Nagaraj

So I decided to connect Nagaraj with Kalyan, a wonderful wildlife photographer based in India. He generously agreed to take Nagaraj along with him to Western ghats. And the result has been stunning. Have a look at his first shots in field of wildlife photography

lion tail mackoc with baby in western ghats

lion tail mackoc with baby in western ghats @ Nagaraj

Lets make his dream to be a wildlife photographer step closer by helping him buy a DSLR. He does n’t know of this yet. It will be a lovely surprise.  For your contributions we shall send you well designed postcard /poster of an image taken by him. We shall figure out logistics soon :) but everything’s possible .You can write to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

western ghats langur

western ghats langur @ Nagaraj

kalyan and nagaraj

kalyan and nagaraj

You can read more about Happy Camera Club here

 
Valley of flowers @ OnAsia

The Valley of Flowers is featured in OnAsia , a leading agency focussing on assignments, features and stock from Asia.

Abhishek at Valley of Flowers

You can check the broad selection of images here

 
Photographing the streets on independence day

flying kites on the rooftop,Old Delhi

Flying kites on the rooftop,Old Delhi

The sun again like in Valley of flowers hardly appeared and it was all cloudy the whole day. It's monsoon season here and not the best of time to photographer if you are a photographer based in Delhi . But then again you get lot of opportunities being a photographer based in India. You just need to be prepared for them. I am such a nervous wreck before going for any shoot and unless i get something I am satisfied with i won't be relaxed. This has always been the case. Never there has been a case of casual session of photography. Fortunately enough, today I managed to get hold of a few images of which maybe one will add to my long term editorial photography project on Delhi.

flying kites on the rooftop,Old Delhi

Flying kites on the rooftop 1,Old Delhi

It was great to walk in bylines and narrow alleyways as a street photographer. To me creating extraordinary from  daily lives of people counts as something important.The lyrical sense of life gives a great mental satisfaction and i love it. But this requires a lot of hunger, discipline and sense of urgency. Channelise it till the time this passion stays with you.

flying kites on the rooftop,Old Delhi. It's independence day in India

An act of balance,Old Delhi

 
Talks: Steve Jobs

could n’t stop posting this before we head out on our independence…wish everyone the courage from heart ..gotta keep pushing

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

 
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Personal Targets : Nov 2011

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The year is yet from over...this is what I aim for this coming month i) Prepare and run half marathon on 27th Nov ii) Get a few t-shirts made on photography iii) update my website 's blog with wordpress features iv) Do at least 2 assignments/ or start consulting v) Learn on new ways of taking portraits:-- apply them in Chattisgarh project vi) Complete my research vii) Happy Camera Club: Delhi's workshop One of my drives have been the Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar. Last year I saw him scampering for singles...he didn't had to but he wanted to ...he was thirty six then...his desire,hunger ,focus and passion made him do so...people wrote him off...they thought he would retire, he should retire...but his heart spoke differently...his mind never wavered..and he went even farther...he reached a state of Yogi*....Sachin ala re...the secret to play against Sachin is not to bowl at all...alone he ...

News and updates | Thursday, 27 October 2011

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Ted talks:Barefoot College

http://www.ted.com/talks/bunker_roy.html   Recently I was having a chat with a friend..and up came the topic we loved talking…India’s obsession….to our mind it boiled down to Education, Marriage and White collared job..if you have these three then you are a success..as per our generalised discussion…if not ,then its difficult to have a decent chat in Indian society that does n’t revolve around ” aap aajkal kya kar rahe hou ? ” ( what are you doing these days) So my kudos to Bunker Roy…marking this forever…Barefoot College ‘s awesome…visited it long time back…now reliving the moments…..the solution is all at ground ...

Entrepreneurship and Positive stories | Sunday, 23 October 2011

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Friend's profile: Ramesh Jhawar

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I love his work. Its beautiful, brilliant colours and very realistic. You see them and they makes you go there Ramesh is a full time artist from India. Painting is his passion and he paints what inspires me. There are certain things that attract him like the colors of the subject, the dramatic play of light and shade etc. that are brilliantly capture in his paintings.   all pictures @Ramesh Jhawar You can check out more of his brilliant work here . do have a look. I will be collaborating with Ramesh on a few things. Always great to connect with passionate people. with Ramesh ...

Inspiring work | Friday, 21 October 2011

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Latest features from Turkey

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Both the features from Turkey are now online Notes from Bosphorus I also had the privilege to attend a friend's wedding during this time ,and was a witness to an authentic Turkish wedding A Turkish ...

News and updates | Friday, 21 October 2011

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Works of Garry Winogrand

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    All pictures @ Garry Winogrand Around three weeks back i was working on my portfolio…it was about time as I had not updated it since long…working on my portfolio always makes me nervous …it never is a day long exercise…this time it took a week…and it did n’t get over…so in between i usually end up watching a master’s work to give myself a break from drudgery of seeing my images again and again…someone whose work can inspire me to photograph again… Garry Winogrand is such a guru…Every time I see his video or check out his images I run across to scribble on paper…you learn something new every time….one of my fav photographers…he is complex to understand yet his views on photography are so simple… All pictures @ Garry Winogrand For him, a photograph is a record of a life moment—nothing more, ...

Inspiring work | Saturday, 15 October 2011

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Quotes on Photography

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Henri Cartier Bresson inspires me always as a human being. And his thoughts are worth thinking about when one is photographing...what's your favourite photography quotes ?...

Influences | Friday, 14 October 2011

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Talking photography in Delhi

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I shall be giving a talk on editorial and long term photography in Delhi tomorrow in front of eager and aspiring students, amateurs and people from NGO world at a workshop arranged by iVolunteer.The details of the workshop in delhi are   Date - Oct 2nd. Venue - Sri Aurobindo Centre of Arts & Communication (Auditorium), Adhchini, New Delhi. Timings - 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. My session starts at 11 :00 am and will last for 45 minutes including Q & A ( 45 minutes makes me nervous).   More details here: On Oct 2nd, we are organizing a workshop for 60-80 selected students of various colleges of Mass Communication, Still Photography, Film Making & Journalism. These students will then be placed with genuine NGOs, with very limited resources, to create documentary films & photo stories. The media as well as the students have already st...

News and updates | Saturday, 1 October 2011

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My images from Turkey

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Here are some of the images i took from Turkey. I have not been able to upload the entire photo essays ,but shall do so in coming week. Lot of running around with the weekend packed . Most of them have been taken while wandering on the streets and discovering the country TopKapi Palace, Istanbul with sea of Marmara in background.   If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten - Rudyard Kipling Yeni Mosque,Istanbul. Avyalik,Turkey.   A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape. — Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking   In Taksim square region,Istanbul.   Boys with Ataturk sculpture in background,Izmir ...

News and updates | Thursday, 29 September 2011

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Books, Photography and Health

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This probably is not the best of time while working as a editorial photographer , but a sudden urge to read books, novels, articles and newspaper has resurfaced back.Since a while back I have been keeping a track of books I have read, reread,made notes from and remembered hoping to keep the dying habit alive. As the intensity of social media and technology has crept up in an unimaginable way ,making me feel unappreciative of  day if I do not check my gmail or Facebook account, I try and find innovative ways to keep it in check.There were times when I used to stay excessively online, browsing quirky stuff, seeing what other were doing in photography ,shooting mails and trying to check up with deadlines for photography grants and competitions. That kept on going for a while , maybe a year or so till I got fed up and realized ...

Blog | Wednesday, 28 September 2011

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Photographer's profile: Ara Guler

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  " The most challenging country is India. They make things difficult when visiting.It is impossible not to be impressed .Especially their religion, patterns of their lives so fantastic with their ever changing compositions...The population is huge, everywhere it's teeming with people. Someone burns something the other runs,while something else goes on at the other side,so an absolute chaos and activity. Great crowds and no one knows whats going on.No one is aware whose hand is in whose pocket. Where to look, what to shoot is confusing" Ara Guler from the book Ara Guler ,Fotocep   Recently I visited Turkey with a friend of mine and there for the first time I discovered the work of Mr. Guler. I had seen some his work earlier on Magnum website , but only when you visit the country do you realise how important the person's work is and how well is he known across the country. ...

Inspiring work | Monday, 26 September 2011

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Two thoughts

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I recently read online here. how true A road side joint in Kottayam,Kerala,2010 It's Not A Golden Ticket ...photography rarely has the ability to change the system, but it has a great ability to change the way people think about the system. -- Pete Brook, Prison Photography. via NYTimes Lens Blog. .........................................................................................................   Magnum: Advice for young photographers Forget about the profession of being a photographer. First be a photographer and maybe the profession will come after. Don’t be in a rush to pay your rent with your camera. Jimi Hendrix didn’t decide on the career of professional musician before he learned to play guitar. No, he loved music and created something beautiful and that THEN became a profession. Larry Towell, for instance, was not a “professional” photographer until he was already a “famous” photographer. Make the pictures you feel compelled to make and perhaps that will ...

Tips on photography | Saturday, 24 September 2011

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Henri Cartier Bresson ( Influences and inspiration)

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a young Henri Cartier with his wife every time i read about him, it only inspires me...his thinking was way ahead of its time...true he was quite eccentric..very eccentric ,but then he spoke bitter truth and his thoughts moved all...eccentric as he was, he also was sensitive...when Koudelka was not allowed to enter a fancy restaurant where photographers were meeting he left immediately.... from the book "Magnum" by Russell Miller there are so many stories about Henri's life its worth telling them all....whoever has been touched by Henri either through his works, or his exhibitions,or movies or have met him in person knows what it feels...on one of the occasions Marc Riboud and Henri Cartier were photographing in Cuba, and it was a tense situation..there were a group of militia women and they didn't like to be photographed. Henri approached one of...

Influences | Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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Bangalore tales

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In Bangalore we talked about entrepreneurship, the role of a conformist society and  photography.The ten odd days were spent in reaching out, meeting this amazing set of people who in their own ways are doing things they feel right about at their own pace. Truly Bangalore has to be the place for entrepreneurs and individuals with a sense of freedom. Entrepreneurship happens yesterday, action happens today and in long term we are all dead. The thought aligns and unifies the entire gamut from film makers,social entrepreneurs, photographers, IT turned independent owners, farmers, writers, journalist,professors and so on. In a matter of space and thought it was all applicable. And a very joyous journey,one to be enjoyed and devoured.I attended Open Show where i presented photographs from Rajasthan . Importantly we talked about doing long term photography project and how big a luxury it is in today's world. In terms of ...

News and updates | Sunday, 18 September 2011

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Sachal Studios' Take Five Official Video

{youtube}GLF46JKkCNg{/youtube}   awesome rendition of song Take Five

Inspiring work | Sunday, 18 September 2011

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Photography workshop for underprivileged

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Recently I started an initiative called Happy Camera Club ( taking photography workshops in India ). The whole idea was to make effective use of my time and teach photography to the underprivileged . Though doing something like that loomed large since some time ,only this year it got into implementation mode. we started with a couple of cameras and I was very happy with the end results. One of the students from that workshop was Nagaraj. Crippled by polio at an early age he was wheelchair bound. And he his dream was to be a wildlife photographer. lion tail mackoc with baby in western ghats@ Nagaraj So I decided to connect Nagaraj with Kalyan, a wonderful wildlife photographer based in India. He generously agreed to take Nagaraj along with him to Western ghats. And the result has been stunning. Have a look at his first shots in field of wildlife photography lion ...

Blog | Thursday, 18 August 2011

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