A good student of life and nature will have patience inculcated into his system. He will have all the passion in his life to be a good photographer. However how many do you think have patience for this? If there is no passion and patience to learn there is no point in even being a photographer. In our institute the mentors take two months to research on a topic before it is taken to the students. Even now, despite the quality of classes that we offer in our institute, we only have probably four best students in a class, most of the times. There was this photographer from abroad who joined our institute. She was going through a very bad relationship break up. My only advise to her was to move forward and evolve as a photographer which was in her hands. We cant stop the problem but we can work on being a good photographer. She was one of our best student. Also photographers spend a lot of time explaining their photographs. Why? Images should speak and not your words on top of it
Earlier doing star photos was huge now it’s not happening. You don’t even need genuine skills to generate the kind of light you want. You can piece the shot together without 30 years of knowledge, you can do the same job today with good knowledge of computers. So where does the skill lie? Of course, the use of images will always be there but unless you can bring an uniqueness there isn’t much point. It’s not pure photography any more. It’s more of image making. My job is to record a model, after that an illustrator comes in and at some point the illustrator will say ‘Why am I not doing this?’ too.
Oh! Convincing my parents was a tough task. But, I wasn’t a flippant teen, I was headstrong and knew what I wanted. I was the class topper, a burly athlete, I followed rules to the‘t’ and didn’t indulge in any fly-by behaviour. For me, photography happened by chance, and I was lucky to get the right breaks at the right time. As far as teens are concerned, I would say ‘find your passion and follow it fiercely’. Once you relish what you are doing, you’d be happy. As for parents, they’ll eventually come around, for there is nothing more in the world they want, than to see their children happy. So, persevere and never give up or give in!
The future is visual artists, as against pure photographers. I see the potential of big collaboration between artists. People that come to me for advice, I tell them to become DOP (director of photography). You’re still doing the same thing but in motion. Video is the future, because there is always someone shooting video nonstop.
According to the photographer, it depends entirely on one’s overall temperament. If an individual has the correct bent of mind to implement his inherent level of skill, a formal education can do wonders–if not, no course can teach you photography. “For the kind of a person I am, a formal education helped me a lot,” he says. He holds the belief that even though he personally sees no harm in pursuing a formal photography course, it isn’t a prerequisite.
I think photography is growing and not fading. Today if you own a camera and you click pictures and put it up on the net, I would call you a photographer as well. Obviously photography is not only about owning a good camera, it’s like saying that anybody owning a good video camera can make a good film. I mean it’s not possible. It’s your essence of composition, your essence of creating moments, it’s the essence of being consistent with your work. So I would say, new photographers coming in, people enjoying photography, it’s only helping the photography culture to get more popular. Earlier you would not interview a photographer as a celebrity, today they are given us celeb status because of that growing culture and it is only because people talk about it. Earlier when you used to say “I’m a photographer” people would consider it a hobby, look down upon it as a profession and would only regard you as a “function photographer” or a “birthday party photographer”. I’ve been in the profession for the last 20 years and I’ve seen the status of photography grow.