Portraiture – Expressions, Moods and Emotions
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?
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
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 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.
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.
“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
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
– 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