How did you feel when you received the State Award for Photography?
I never expected the Award; it is truly a great honour. I would like to dedicate it to my home town Shornur, my colleagues in photography and my well-wishers.
What was the feeling like when you saw yourself in national newspapers?
I have always loved to be the one behind the camera, capturing the best moments. However, when I think about it, it is not only a great honour for me but also a matter of great inspiration for the young aspirants out there to see one among them on the newspapers. A stereotyped view prevails over photography and this award, I hope, will encourage families to support their kids with passion for photography.
“The truth is that the best photographs happen to you in the least expected ways. I tell this to my mentees too – to be early for any shoot.”
How did Photography happen to you? Who are your inspirational models?
I would say that it came to me as a blessing. News photography had a great influence on me during my childhood. Photography of ‘Nick Ut’ inspired me a lot in my early days. I remember cutting the best pictures from the Newspapers and sticking it in my notebooks.
What are the factors that you consider while selecting a topic for Photography?
My journey in photography was never focused on any particular subject. As someone who has suffered a lot of grief and adversity in life, such situations always engage my attention. In all my travels, I make it a point to capture every moment of grief or adversity that I come across.
What advice would you give to young, aspiring photographers who follow photography passionately?
Well, in my experience, discipline and punctuality are two pre-requisites for a good photographer. I would advise young photographers to be at the spot way earlier than you are expected. The truth is that the best photographs happen to you in the least expected ways. I tell this to my mentees too – to be early for any shoot.
How has technology influenced the nuances of Photography?
Technology has made everyone a Photographer. There are people with excellent skills who take very good pictures with their cell phones and often it astonishes me. However, I would like to say that it has added a lot more responsibilities for professionals like me. You need to be very conscientious in what you do; a silly virus can put all your efforts in vain. One has to be very careful and disciplined and take photography quite seriously.
Tell us about your Family…
My family includes my mother, wife, two kids and my brother. My whole family including my son has been a great source of support for me. My son always inspires me to take more pictures. In fact I’m proud to say that, he is following in my steps. He is showing great interest in photography and he took quite a lot of pictures during the award ceremony as well. I am proud that I am a source of inspiration for him in this. I feel that there are a lot of possibilities for the younger generation in photography. They need not take it as their livelihood; it can just be a passion. There are a lot of pictures waiting to be captured out there and you might be able to click a photograph that the future generations will talk about, who knows!