From 2009 to the present day, I documented many weddings and families but little did I know that in another part of my country there was Abhi questioning why he wasn't picked up for adoption, what was wrong with him and whether he didn't deserve to have a fresh start at being part of a new family? My visual records of several new families being formed paled in front of the longings of a child... So why do we do what we do? As creatives, do we make art for a particular gain or to get a certain kind of return on our investment?Read More
If there was a concept through which I could describe Patna, it wold be the concept of cleansing. An all too familiar line of thought considering the vernacular of our present government. But what does make a country if not for it's people and how they spend their days? So there it is. Cleaning of the streets to a lack thereof. A cleanup of corruption and a lack thereof. An attempt at cleansing of the soul from sins in the Ganges to failure thereof. Well, what do you want to clean today?Read More
So I was wondering, what value does experiences make? Those of us who grew up in India know the number of times that we've been tutored about us being an agrarian country. But for a person living in an A-Level city what does that even mean? Enter Bihar.Read More
In March 2017, I went to Bihar on assignment for an NGO. Looking at these images, my mind remembers seeing more bovines there than humans. No really. And about the fertile land. Hard working farmers.. But also the idiosyncratic nature of the landscape seemingly seeping into the hearts of some...Read More
A thought struck me as I was preparing for the webinar presentation... Oh and about that... One of the high points of this month is that I'm doing a free webinar on Documentary Wedding Photography in collaboration with Adobe India and Better Photography Magazine (link below).
Ah that thought....Come to think of it, good photos are not valuable... But value makes for a good photograph. We photographers are always in the rut of making a 'good photo', are we not? But what does that actually mean? I read a stat yesterday that we see more images in the first half of the day that someone living in the 1800's saw in their entire lifetime! Now how many of these images that we see everyday are good photos? One could argue that many are, but are they valuable for us personally? If yes, does that value come because they are good photos? And what is valuable? For me it's a date with my wife, a new flower in the garden, my niece's pretty smile, the arrival of monsoon in Bangalore, cousins arm-wrestling after the long wedding day, the wedding horse tied outside a crumbling 'computerised' tax collection centre and so forth. In our image saturated world where we shoot and consume more images than ever, I think we should flip the switch. Aesthetically and technically perfect photos not mean much. They may entertain our minds of a few seconds but what next?
Good photos are not valuable... But value makes for a good photograph
If you'd like to hear more of this concept and hear me out as I present my views on documentary wedding photography and how you can make better images, please consider registering for this free webinar. Looking forward to our virtual meeting :)
Catch the webinar on 26th May 2017 at 3pm IST
Registrations here: https://goo.gl/M53vbJ