“My first encounter with photography happened when I was ten years old. In those days, owning a film-reel camera was an absolute luxury and families even took photographs only during the important occasions.
So this was around Diwali when my whole family gathered under one roof and my father, in order to capture the rare sight, borrowed a button camera from his friends. And as curious kids of ten, my cousins and I took turns to click the photographs. With a knack for posing, I also knew the perfect frame that would appear good and when we looked at the photo negatives, mine had come out with the most clarity out of the entire lot.
And that’s where the spark set in! Nevertheless, being raised in the small town of Thiruvaarur, especially as a single child ensured that responsibilities weighed heavily, subsequently getting me also into the ratrace of engineering. I even moved to Chennai and started adapting blend into a corporate setting: thereby my reality as well
But a few years into the industry, though I was earning enough to make a decent living, there was a clear dearth in terms of satisfaction. I was in my late 20s and felt the nudge to what I loved!
And here’s when the universe presented an opportunity to drift away through a tiff at the office.
Now though the start doesn’t sound pleasant as much, putting down my papers and following my heart has been one of my happiest decisions till date. Of course, by this time I was married and that did place additional responsibilities, but nothing in the world feels heavy when you have a supportive partner. My wife was in tandem with my dreams and, in fact, urged me to venture into photography. That’s how I guess I gathered the confidence to slowly build my network and venture into photography, full-time today.
It did start off with small assignments including some weddings and a lot of other trials before I was able to establish myself. Thanks to the support of like-minded peers, I found through online photography groups, I learnt all the nuances of the DSLR from scratch. That combined with the magic digital evolution has enabled me to post online all my experiments.
With pictures speaking a thousand words, I wanted my frames to capture the essence even within a normal, seemingly plain environment. So that’s where even the idea of my recent “Project Suyambu” stemmed from. With positive females accelerating my life towards betterment on a personal level, I wanted to capture womanhood, all in smiles. It’s my ode to those who give and run lives, whilst attempting to display the depth of a grin. Hopefully this journey lends itself to more interesting endeavours, enabling me to explore the craft in more exciting ways.”