Two blogs back to back, that too with just text content, it’s rarely happened to me, happens only when I am traveling for a long time.
So, this blog will try to summarise my photography journey. It has all started back in Singapore. While working for a company I saw few photos click by a colleague and I was drawn to that for a very long time, I thought if I could also take such beautiful photos, this triggered me to get my first camera, which was an entry-level DSLR, this was the year 2008. I had already started blogging before that but after buying the camera my blogging has taken a twist towards photography and travel.
Had a life-changing experience back in 2008, when I came out from the death bed. I have started thinking all over again about my life, what I have and what can I pass to my kids, my loved ones, or society. Most boys (in India) when they start earning, family and society expect them to live the rest of their life for the family, get married, have kids, and then groom them and take care of them. They are not supposed to live their own life, this is what my father did and his father too. Is it the right way of living? I have asked this question to me, whatever I am going to leave behind will be easily forgotten in a few years and my loved ones will move on in their own lives. I have to live for myself and leave something behind for my loved ones or others to cherish along with carrying all responsibilities. So all my travel experiences are for me and all my photos for my loved ones (including you). That is why I am not writing much in my blogs these days but posting all (good) photos so that readers can get a sense of the place where I have been and see the place through my eyes. Those who wish to know about my experiences of travel, trust me the entire human race is the same and living almost identical life, all places are great, you just need to match with the pace of life and you will have a great time. I see no difference in the people of my village with people of a village in Cambodia or Kent or the urban life of Singapore, Delhi, or London.
Let me confess to you honestly, when I started taking photos from DSLR, I wanted to look into the life of other people and present it to viewers, more like documentary photography, but it needs a lot of study and time which I never had as most of my travel were short (2-3 days max). But it did not prevent me to capture some beautiful landscapes or candid moments. Also, photography is not my profession so I never tried to learn everything in one go, it’s a slow process which is still on for the past 12 years, learning it bit by bit and enjoying it. 🙂
For those who wish to learn photography, I have few tips, try to understand your equipment first, then come understanding lights, composition, storytelling, and post-processing. If I have missed anything means I still have not learned that :D. A small suggestion as well, always ask a question if your photo can explain by itself, if yes then bingo, if not then try again.
Given a chance I wish to document the authentic Indian lifestyle which is getting lost now. This documentation is needed as I fear in times to come we will lose everything which our forefathers have invented with the research of thousands of years. I fear we all will be eating burgers and pizza and wearing denim and speaking English. Our regional languages, food, festivals, clothing, housing, family values, and learnings of generations have to be documented in all possible forms (text, photos, and videos). We live in a country which is so diverse for which it’s said that the taste of water gets changed every 1 Kos (1 Kos = 3 KM as per wiki) and language every 4 Kos. It requires a massive effort to preserve that. I am sure there will be a time not far when people will realize wearing cotton is better than synthetic clothing for the kind of weather we have or our digestive track is more adopted to eating roti+gud than a pizza.
Before I end this blog I have a small suggestion to readers, even if you are carrying the responsibility of family try to take some time for yourself, if not daily then at least 1 or half day in a week, just revisit your memories and dream for future. I am sure you will do better than before in your life.
In the next blog, will post photos of my kids that I took during this Diwali, I still have to process it.