Places, People and Visual Stories

Portraiture – Expressions, Moods and Emotions

Longing - a grand mother waiting! Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India
Longing – a grand mother waiting! Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India

 
 
 
I am always fascinated by people – The emotional beings – the way they dress, the way they carry themselves and talk which reflects the socio-cultural milieu. I love to capture the the face that reflects the true inner self of the captivating ones and, in the process portray the person and personality. I try to compose the image of the person in the natural context, without asking them to pose, most of the time without their knowledge. Hence, at times the subject may not engage the viewer directly, as is usually expected.

If the person has directly locked the gaze with the camera, then ‘am I capturing the true personality?’, I wonder. Do I really portray the person’s true essence. Is it the real person?
 
 
 

On the journey of Moksha - Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
On the journey of Moksha – Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

 
 
 

In a world of his own : Leh, Ladakh, India
In a world of his own : Leh, Ladakh, India

 
 
 
A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks. He’s implicated in what’s happening, and he has a certain real power over the result – Richard Avedon
 
 
 

Fragile yet tough - dignified : Motihari, Bihar, India
Fragile yet tough – dignified : Motihari, Bihar, India

 
 
 

Relieved! married the daughter off - New Delhi, India
Relieved! married the daughter off – New Delhi, India

 
 
 
Most of my portraits are serendipitous – persons and situations are accidental. I happen to land where they were and try to capture without their knowledge. It does add a certain amount of drama to the portrait.
 
 
 

The progression, for the worse? India Art Summit, New Delhi, India
The progression, for the worse? India Art Summit, New Delhi, India

 
 
 
The portrait most of the times reflect the sense of style that is innate in the socio-cultural context – Head-gears, jewelry, hair-styles, the costume say it all.
 
 
 

A tribal woman from Bastar, Chattisgarh, India
A tribal woman from Bastar, Chattisgarh, India

 
 
 

The natural, Ladakh, India
The natural, Ladakh, India

 
 
 

The Lambada from Deccan, Goa, India
The Lambada from Deccan, Goa, India

 
 
 
It is also fascinating to capture the performers while they are in full flow on the stage, completely lost in the divinity of their art-form.
 
 
 

Soprano, from the world of Flamenco, Spain
Soprano, from the world of Flamenco, Spain

 
 
 

The Krishna getting ready, Manipuri dance form, India
The Krishna getting ready, manipuri dance form, India

 
 
 

Bharat Ratna, Pt. Ravishankar, sitar maestro performing
Bharat Ratna, Pt. Ravishankar, sitar maestro performing

 
 
 

The Dholl singer, Mewat, Rajasthan, India
The Dholl singer, Mewat, Rajasthan, India

 
 
 

Abida Parveen, The enchantress with a resounding voice, Pakistan
Abida Parveen, The enchantress with a resounding voice, Pakistan

 
 
 

“A good portrait is one that says something about the person. We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so the good portrait should also say something about the human condition” – Steve McCurry
 
 
 

Raju, at Ganesh Festival, Hyderabad, India
Raju, at Ganesh Festival, Hyderabad, India

 
 
 

Puffing away, Vishakhapatnam, India
Puffing away, Vishakhapatnam, India

 
 
 
Art is something that opens up and enhances your emotions and that’s what I like to think I’m doing – Nile Rodgers
 
 
 
Emotions are the fuel to really move you along – that’s the only way you can create music. If you don’t feel any emotions, it’s not going to happen. – Jan Hammer

Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience. – Paul Cezanne

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

– Indus Art Gallery, Campus – Indus World School of Business, Greater Noida

Display / Collections

– At my Alma mater : Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

– Various schools of Indus World School chain

– Private collections

Recent Publications featuring my work and in Media [know more]

– The India Idea, Wisdom Tree publications for Ministry of External Affairs, Public diplomacy division, Aug 2011

– Penguin India, Top 5 “India through my Lens” 2011

– Femina Magazine, Anniversary issue, October 14, 2011

– Photographs featured with poetry in the book Hindustani Poems ‘Shayad, Yaheen kaheen se ho’ by Satya, April 27, 2012

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