Why I do Photography?!

My first stint with camera I remember is clicking as a kid with my Dad’s mirror-less Kodak camera with a roll inside from the age of 9. The reason was that it helped me grab a frame that would go down for eternity – as I had seen plenty of family albums with black & white images – weddings, picnics, festivals, new born kids in studios, old family patriarchs in their rocking chairs. However the ones that held my attention for longest and I considered closest were the candid images – with my dad/mom/dadi/baba,etc. looking carelessly or sometimes not even looking at the camera. Yet they came across as loveable people – that made me love them more.

Coming back to my stint with camera – though I started at age of 9 however I did not have much control over what I shot so I felt in a way I was not improving nor learning much. I did not continue it till I came in MBA course. Here as well I did not have a camera however I felt great almost high when I saw some great images of my batch-mates and that is how I came to know about DSLR – as late as 2010.

{Late it was given the international scenario however in India – the photograph enthusiasts had started owning one since 2007-08.}

All I remember is that the first thing I wanted to buy for myself after MBA from my own money, even more than good food & clothes, was a DSLR. I felt it would be my VENT for my creative energies, it would act as my correspondent for whatever good I had to share with the world apart from my professional career where not much was in my control. It would also be my friend when I travel, meet new people, look at things differently or just when I didn’t want to express anything. And voila, it has been the best friend & companion in the world so far. Words are not enough to thank it – the fact that I can go back and revisit all that we saw together & cherish memories or better find new facts while staring at a rare image makes everything more special about it.

I had to push myself to go and click every weekend in the beginning, even silly events, not so happening places, disinterested people but the importance was on building a routine, a group of self critics who push each other and in the process share some good stuff. However, that was just a beginning.

My real turning point came during April – June 2012 when I visited Cape Town and Kashmir, I saw my photography grow by leaps and bounds. Combined with a new zoom lens, beautiful landscapes, relaxed atmosphere I just delved and delved into clicking what I loved – landscapes, candid, street. The results for the first time surprised me and I knew I have something good to share with everyone else for sure.

Post that – it was Spiti that brought good from me, Delhi Archeological buildings, recently Kasol, Northeast/Northwest India and some product/candid/street shoots that I really enjoyed while exploring. Exposure to Steve Mccurry’s work makes me push more & more. Sadly 90% of other people I find in this space are simply either wannabes, non-inspiring, ill – informed about their talents and for some reason I have not been able to tell any of them honestly what I think about their work.

Why I still click – coz it has become an inseparable aspect of my life, it helps me capture something that connects my inside with the world outside and keep it for eternity, it helps me in expressing my feeling about my surroundings, interactions with people, my perspective in one frame without saying a word and perhaps also share with the world.

I wish & hope I get to cover every inch worth on the Earth & capture everything that connects with me by my camera-mushy!

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1Year of Pooja Sharma as Draupadi in Star Plus Mahabharat

I have been quite a devoted fan of Pooja Sharma as Draupadi from the famed Star Plus Mahabharat including Pandavas, Krishna & many other characters from the tele serial. The tele serial coz it helped me understand myself and situations around me better, my objectives in life better with more clarity and confidence. Pooja Sharma coz she gave me an actress on Indian tele series to appreciate I think in a long time.

She came out as a professional who was confident yet humble in her first job, extremely pleasing to look at plus a lot to learn from – the way she conducts herself & choices of appearances. She came across as a today’s Young educated ambitious girl/lady like many of us and is quite simple, down to earth yet professional about her job.. Plus how brilliant a performer she is about a job which she was doing for the first time and how brilliantly she adapted despite it being a mythological character that today’s people run away from..

She played a character which is well established in people’s hearts and minds with various misconceptions and false stories. Yet she came out a winner by establishing the character as a strong, angry, focussed, righteous, dutiful, devoted to Krishna, loving, caring, smiling… Above all, she played the role with a lot of grace, poise… the effort showed be it in terms of the heavy jewellery, costumes she wore and carried off, the number of hours spent in getting ready for the role…the chaste Sanskrit laden Hindi she had to speak… Plus the range of expressions from Love to Anger, Sadness, Frustration, Pride – AMAZING!

She gave women a strong representation in the tele series and made herself an actress and a character to remember in times forever… I wish & hope that she goes on to do a-lot more great roles ahead and gets all the happiness in the world…

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It has been a pleasure 2014.. Welcoming 2015 wholeheartedly!

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2014 saw some awesome moments :-
– Starting with my Macbook coming in my life.. (material happiness :D)
– Surajkund Mela, Lodhi Garden, Khan Market, Jazz festival, etc. darshan around Delhi
– Amritsar+Kurukshetra+ Chandigarh travel.. Golden Temple was the high point!
– Sikkim+Darjeling trip
– Movement to Snapdeal
– Mom-Dad coming to stay for a month – probably the best
– New phone – Moto G2 + New camera lens – Prime 50mm f1.8
– New house and getting used to its ways and being blissful here 🙂
– Establishment of Mahabharat + Geeta in my heart & life – another favorite

2015 shall be awesome am sure :-
– Europe tour
– learning a new activity – santoor/animation
– becoming more happy, content & attractive looking..
– taking photography ahead in terms of publishing somewhere.. doing a few more unexplored adventure sports..
– doing new things @work – achieving new feats!
– Being less nervous, more confident, decisive, sure of oneself 🙂

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My thoughts on HIMYM ending..!

I remember watching it on 1st April and really liking it.. I loved the twists, turns, suspense, confusion but at the end making sure two people who truly loved each other in the deepest & most genuine, warm, friendliest, caring way got together..

Let me confess that I stopped watching HIMYM mid 5th season, reason being – one I didn’t have access to episodes, two it discontinued to surprise me with Robin shifting from Ted to Barney and Ted being confused about who is the one for him, Lily and Marshal being yawn (sorry!) and creators just not telling us who the mother was..

But the end was Perfectly beautiful – not only it showed how well the Mother amalgamated in everybody’s life, but they showed how truly Ted loved and how well he deserved! Many feel Ted & Robin getting together at the end was an ‘ouch’ moment but for me that was the jigsaw piece that completed the entire picture.

You see Ted truly loved Robin in the best way a person can love another – selflessly, without expectations, wanting to do everything possible to make her happy without her knowing it, ready to sacrifice everything and anything but most importantly in the most passionate recurring fashion!
I am for some reason biggest fan/believer of recurring love/passion – I have always believed that something that your love is not something you hold on to but let it fly and let it come back to you.. I don’t believe that things/people you love always stick with you physically – they don’t cheat on you but they happen to move away or you happen to move away from them..but they come back in more than one obvious ways..

I like this kinda love for some reason..this is more believable & acceptable than the clinging & holding on types in today’s world10155324_226095264264622_989681847_n

Now, that I am trying to get over my obsession with HIMYM over past few days or weeks – I decide to take my learnings :
1. I will always aim to be like Robin appearance wise.. I love such girls 🙂
2. I will always believe in being a true lover without much expectations..
3. Will always believe in my friends and be in touch with them..
4. Above all Love life and be optimistic about it always..

I wanna thank creators and the actors, crew for sticking to the original plan – however late it was.. it was totally meant to be like this and it was totally worth it..

There have been all kinda views I have heard, positive, negative, mixed.. and trust they all loved HIMYM but I think there have been some very brilliant opinions shared ..

I personally am a believer and have high faith in destiny and good Karma.. and I feel

  • Ted was not failed by it – he got the best of everything – kids, happy marriage for a while and then girl of his dreams that he always went going back to..
  • Robin got her job, travel ,fame, adventure plus she found the best person to end up with..
  • Marshal n Lily – they always got the perfect things 🙂
  • And as for Barney – I truly feel he was never the settling kinds just didn’t fit in the scheme of family/worldly stable things – but it seemed nice he got an anchor in his daughter to have something really special in his life.. a wife/other girl could never hold him like that..

Am glad we got the ending it deserved and that also in a twisted, elongated tale – what I would have wanted more is bit more of Cristin (she was brilliant), a little more supportive evidences for the shift from mother to Robin and from Barney to Ted..
I think things got a little mixed up in between coz they didn’t know how many seasons will they take to wrap up! But as long as the heart and soul of the show was at right place – you can let the mind take its own course 🙂

Again thank you Robin,Ted,Barney,Marshal n Lily..and of course the MotherZLccfN5mOsw.. and creators, director, crew..
Very interesting storyline, amazing settings but the best part that it had a heart and a soul.. Thank you!

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