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