Saturday, December 26, 2015

-Obituary- Mohan Gidwani, An Outstanding Photographer Passes Away

A Brilliant Photo-Artist
Mohan Gidwani, Passes Away

Mohan Gidwani, a nature photographer with unmatchable aesthetic sense, passed away recently in Delhi.  His demise is a big loss to the world of photography-art.
Born in 1959 in a family of century old confectioners of Delhi (India), “Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners”, Mohan Gidwani graduated from Delhi University and engaged in his family business.
In most of the cases a person has inclination towards arts since his/her childhood days. The same was with Mohan Gidwani. He possessed creative bend of mind since his childhood days. He used to observe the art works of the great masters in the magazines and during the art exhibitions thoroughly. The images clicked by them touched his soul and motivated him to step into the realm of art. Gradually photography became his obsession.  Mohan Gidwani was a nature lover and he preferred to capture the nature at its best. He took photography as a journey of the soul which accompanies an artist throughout his life. After so many years of his involvement in creative field, he found photography not as an art only but an integral part of his life. He used to say that this art-form was the uttermost medium of expression for him.
Mohan Gidwani  loved simplicity in the images, and thus he tried to keep his creations away from complexity. His nature shots take us into a fantastic world at first sight.
He had won more than 400 Awards and Certificates of Merit, and over 1400 acceptances in International and National photographic Salons.
The India International Photographic Council had honoured him with prestigious Associateship Honour and Diamond Grading. A good number of his photographs got published in reputed magazines and catalogues. 
He was a kind hearted person with helpful nature. He will always be remembered for his excellent photographs and gracious nature.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Monday, December 14, 2015

"From the Archive" Dashboard : My Pride, My Flag

From the Archive.....
"My Pride, My Flag"

The National Flag has a very respectful position for the citizens of any country. They value it more than anything else. This time I am before you with a photograph, “My Pride, My Flag”. I clicked this image on the occasion of India’s 64th Republic Day, 26th January-2013. I was in my office premises and was waiting for the moment when Indian National Flag was to be hoisted. Suddenly I noticed one of my colleagues with Tri Colour flag in his hands. The way he was holding the flag, fascinated me deeply. There seemed a true sentiment of patriotism in his posture.  Furthermore his Khadi-Jacket added to the feel of   Indian Nationalism. I requested him to allow me for taking some photographs and he happily agreed. I clicked a few frames. As I aimed at a different picture, I concentrated on his hands and flag only while editing the image. In fact his fingers seemed speaking enough in comparison of his facial expressions. My fellow photo-artists also liked this composition and their positive feedback motivated me to share this image with you.
I used a Canon Powershot, A-580 compact camera to click this image.
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Saturday, November 28, 2015

-Youth Gallery- Penchant for Graphical Forms Rhea Ghosh

-Youth Gallery-
Penchant for Graphical Forms 
Rhea Ghosh

Rhea Ghosh (Lucknow, India) is a student at the Lucknow College of Arts and Crafts. She has completed her graduation with B.F.A (in Applied Arts) and is currently pursuing her masters in Visualization. During her school days she never thought of getting her hands on the camera unless she was handed one during a photography class in her 2nd year of graduation; and since then she has been adamant on not giving up the fascinating work of photography. She has fallen in love with it and is practicing it now for the past 4 years. She has an ability to realize and capture compositions to show the world what the naked eye can sometimes miss to see. From doing fashion photography to capturing the beautiful world that nature has given to man, she has done it all till now. Photography for her is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art, and she loves to collect art and immediacy of it! She likes the craft, the idea of saying "I'm a photographer." Despite having no family support for Photography it has still become her passion, she always carries a camera in her bag whenever she travels. She takes pictures wherever she goes, and some of them end up being really crazy ones! Her main interest is in capturing the graphical form seen in natural and man-made elements.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Glimpses : Best of “9th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2015”

Best of “9th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2015"

Photo Vision, Bareilly organized the 9th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2015 recently. A report of this contest was published on our blog in the month of September-2015 along with  the few award winning images. This time the collage of all top ranked images is being published for your joy. Please have a look.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma (Contest Chairman)


Sunday, November 1, 2015

-Obituary- A Disciplined Photography Lover : Gian Prakash Kulshreshtha

A Disciplined Photography Lover
Gian Prakash Kulshreshtha

A true photography lover, Mr. Gian Prakash Kulshreshtha passed away on 30 October, 2015 in his home town, Bareilly (U.P-India). This is a big loss to the realm of photography. 

Mr. Kulshreshtha was born on 11 February, 1937. He was a gifted lens man. He had deep inclination towards arts since his childhood days. After the completion of his formal studies,  photography art became his full time passion. He established his photography studio, known as Gian Studio in Bareilly in the beginning of seventies. Due to his sincere efforts he got mastery over group and portrait photography within a short phase of time. In 1989 he was invited in the Department of Fine Arts at Bareilly College to impart knowledge among the students of photography art. He served there as a lecturer of photography for more than a decade. He had good command over the basics of photography. The students taught by him are serving in reputed organizations today.

As he was a serious art lover, he thought of forming a photography club in Bareilly in order to encourage this form of art. He, along with a few art enthusiasts, like Shri O. N. Sharma, Mr. N. A. Neazi, Mr. Prabhat Kumar Singh etc. formed Photo Vision club around 25 years back. This was the first photography club in Bareilly. This organization started conducting different events of photography under his able guidance and thus the tradition of photographic activities started in Bareilly. Since then Photo Vision has been actively involved in the service of photography art.

He was so much inclined towards photography that he always tried his best to attend photographic events in or outside his home town.

Mr. Kulshreshtha will always be remembered for his deep knowledge of photography, his sincerity, punctuality and disciplined nature.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dashboard “Beautiful Past”

“Beautiful Past”

This time I am before you with a photograph, titled “Beautiful Past”. This photograph was clicked in the winters of 2012 in “Sui” village situated near to Lohaghat (Uttarakhand). While strolling in a street of this village I suddenly watched a traditional blue painted house which was made of wood. This house attracted me deeply due to its conventional construction. The charm of this building doubled when an old lady in yellow dress reached the window. She seemed looking for someone. I did not delay and clicked a few frames. This is one of them. The chief thing which fascinates me in this picture is the presence of complementary colours, i.e. blue and yellow. Occurrence of complementary colours, such as blue and yellow, green and red, orange and light blue etc. adds appeal to the images. Furthermore I like the presence of old lady with a conventional house in this picture. Both co-relate to each other very well.
I used a Nikon D 90 SLR camera. The lens was Nikon 18-105 mm.  
Exposure was f -10; 1/400 Sec. The ISO was set at 200.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Monday, September 28, 2015

Profile -- "Fascinated by the Diversity of Cultures : Lopamudra Talukdar"

Fascinated by the Diversity of Cultures
Lopamudra Talukdar

Lopamudra Talukdar, (Kolkata, India) was fascinated by the world of photography ever since she was a kid. But she never thought of taking it up seriously until she was gifted a Canon 5D Mark II as recently as 2010. It changed the world around her. She started looking at the universe through a different set of eyes. She aimed at capturing the facets of human life and nature in her own way and with full dedication. Lopa’s efforts resulted into numerous reputed accolades and exhibition opportunities. Lopamudra is still trying out different genres of photography but by her own admission street photography fascinates her the most, especially because of the challenges and uniqueness it provides. It also helps that she is a mini globe trotter of sorts, travelling from Serengeti to Slovenia and bringing back some fascinating images in the process. She is particularly inclined towards the the diversity of Indian culture and how different it can be from Nagaland to Nagpur! 

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma


Saturday, September 12, 2015

-Event- “9th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2015”

“9th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest-2015”

         Photography is a very important means of artistic expression today. The contribution of India International Photographic Council for the encouragement of this form of art is commendable. The council organized 9th IIPC World Photography Day Annual Photo Contest recently. The response of participants towards this contest was exciting. A good number of entries (Nearly 565) from the participants of about 15 states of India were received in five categories, namely Black and White Pictorial, Colour Pictorial, Nature, Photo-Journalism and Photo-Travel. About 160 photographs got acceptances, 09 photographs received awards and 15 photographs got Certificates of Merit. The award winners are:

Mr. M. V. RAO (Bandarulanka), Mr. T. Srinivasa Reddy (Vijayawada), Mrs. Sateja Rajwade (Thane), Mr. Mahimala Kyadhar Reddy (Karimnagar), Dr. S. Harinarayan (Bengaluru),  Mr. Ch V. S Vijayabhaskara Rao (Vijayawada), Mr. Mukesh Parpiani (Mumbai), Mr. Patan Hussain Khan (Khammam), and Mr. Subhash Jirange (Mumbai) .

 Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Mr. Bijan Das, Mr. Gopal Sharma, Dr. Kamran Khan and Mr. Satpal Singh were Jury Members.

 Photo Vision organized the exhibition of best photographs of the contest on 18 and 19 August – 2015 in IMA Hall Bareilly. Famous Archaeologist, Dr. Anup Ranjan Mishra was the chief guest of inaugural of this event. He accepted photography as an integral part of various fields of life and an important branch of fine art. Dr. Mishra threw light on the development of photography art in India.  A good number of art lovers witnessed the exhibition on both days.

The members of Photo Vision, Mr. Vijay Kumar Verma, Mrs. Prerna Verma, Dr. Anupam Sharma, Mr. Deepak Ghosh, Dr. T. K. Verma, Mr. Lovelesh Dutt, Mr. Rakesh Kachchal, Mr. Bipin Mehra, Mr. Sushil Saxena, Mr. Sanjay Jaiswal, Mr. Ajit Chatterjee, Dr. A. K. Goel and Miss Priyanka Sharma gave their valuable contribution for the success of this event. The contribution of Dr. Mridula Sharma and Mr. Sachin Gaur is highly admirable.

-Dr. Pankaj Sharma
Contest Chairman

 Pot Maker (Award-Black & White Pictorial Section)
M. V. Rao, Bandarulanka

Prayer Time (Cash Award-Black & White Pictorial Section)
T. Srinivasa Reddy, Vijayawada 

Nature Trail (Award-Colour Pictorial Section)
Sateja Rajwade, Thane 

Goat Herd (Cash Award-Nature Section)
Mahimala Kyadhar Reddy, Karimnagar

Jakal & Kill (Award-Nature Section)
Dr. S. Harinarayan, Bengaluru 

In Action (Award-Photo Journalism Section)
Ch. V. S. Vijayabhaskara Rao, Vijayawada

Army Patroling During Ahmedabad Riots (Cash Award-Photo Journalism Section)
Mukesh Parpiani, Mumbai

Dance with Drumas (Award-Photo Travel Section)
Patan Hussain Khan, Khammam

Trekking Venture (Cash Award-Photo Travel Section)
Subhash Jirange, Mumbai

Judging in Progress 
(Left to Right-Mr. Bijan Das, Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Mr. Gopal Sharma, Dr. Anupam Sharma, Mr. Satpal Singh and Dr. Kamran Khan)

Chief Guest, Dr. Anup Ranjan Mishra During Inaugural of Exhibition

Glimpse of  Exhibition (Left to Right Mr. Dinesh Nigam and Dr. O. P. Sharma)