Sunday, September 17, 2017

-Profile- A Eye to See the Life Differently Sarasij Dasgupta

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An Eye to See the Life differently
Sarasij Dasgupta

Born in a quintessential Bengali family in1968 in the suburbs of Kolkata, Sarasij Dasgupta was introduced to the developing, printing and all other skills of photography from his father, Late Ratan Dasgupta, who was a renowned photojournalist. Since his childhood days Sarasij had the knack for painting. He did his graduation (BFA) from Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata with profound interest. Having done his BFA in applied art, he started his career in advertising. Presently he is a senior creative director with a multinational advertising agency in Kolkata. He continues with his passion for photography on weekends and digs out photo stories in the alleys of Kolkata.  Street photography is his favorite among all other genre of photography. He is also associated with Camerena Academy, a renowned organization which aims at promoting the art of photography.
He does agree with Bruce Gilden that photography is a voyeuristic medium. He admits, “While it is important to stay discreet, I won’t mind taking my subjects by surprise. Much like Bruce Gilden, I would hold my camera in one hand and a flash in the other.”
His favorite pass time other than photography is doodling. Being an art graduate, he relates more to doodles and caricatures that he makes of the people he comes across every day. He wishes he could go out on a photo walk with masters like Henri Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams, Garry Winogrand and Bruce Gilden on streets of New York, Tokyo and Kolkata. 
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma 


Monday, July 31, 2017

-Dashboard- “Paradise on Earth”

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“Paradise on Earth”

Few places leave a deep impact on our mind and soul due to their indomitable beauty and peaceful aura. Munsiyari (Uttarakhand-India) is one of them. I was at this place in 2011. It was a serene morning when I was strolling at the outskirts of this place. I all of a sudden watched the fascinating view of Panch Chuli Peak. The trees all around along with a hut doubled the beauty of sight. Nature seemed gifting an opportunity to me for a good picture. I got down my vehicle and starting photographing with patience. A few frames were clicked. This is one of them.
I used a Nikon D-90 Camera with 18-105 mm lens. 
Exposure was f-16, 1/200 sec. ISO was set at 200.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma


Saturday, June 10, 2017

-Profile- "Photographing the Life as It Is" : Rafique Sayed

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Photographing the Life as it is
Rafique Sayed

Rafique Sayed is a photo artist who is known for his distinctive style of photography. He prefers black and white medium which according to him is the finest medium to portray the human emotions. The dramatic play of light and shades makes his pictures distinctive.

When he was a child, he was more interested in cricket. Pictures never attracted him. “Photographers were a non-entity, and the models were never more beautiful than my English teacher”, says Rafique. 


 Change in Time

“I came into professional photography more by chance than by choice”, tells Rafique. To excel became a matter of pride for him, and he chose fashion as his field of specialisation, which brought with name, fame, arrogance and the fine vision to him.


He adds further, “Beauty came to be defined as a perfect physical entity, not more, not less. Photography was: turning people into beautiful, baby doll images, expressionless, but beautiful. Lines of character – which, according to Audrey Hepburn, are lines of knowledge – started vanishing; if not by makeup and lighting, then, by the simple stroke of a mouse.”


He thinks, “After Almost twenty years, it all seems like history. For I awoke one morning, and unlike the great Dali, who used to think what the great man would do that morning, I found that I had nothing to do. I had an almost empty canvas before me, with very few pictures of fashion and beauty in one corner... the rest was as naked as truth.”


He refers to the words of Kahlil Gibran, “How mean am I when life gives me gold and I give you silver, and yet I deem myself generous.” These words have left a deep impact on his soul. He tries to discard the tag of fashion photographer, and for a change, have started shooting portraits of real people, nature, still life, even cars and hotels. “The more I put on my plate, the hungrier I become. My canvas is still empty. I need people to help me fill it up with creative, meaningful and out of the ordinary work. I want to give gold for gold”, concludes Sayed. 

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma 

Monday, April 10, 2017

-Profile- Narrating the Tales of Life : Prabhat Singh

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Narrating the Tales of Life
Prabhat Singh

Prabhat Singh is a realistic Lensman. After completing his studies, he began his career as a photo journalist a few decades back. Being a sensible human being he aimed at the roots of human life for all time. Very soon he established his identity in the world of photography art. Capturing the life’s essence has always been his passion. Besides, he captures folk-elements so well that the viewers for a while find themselves into a realm which is in fact very close to them.


When asked about his perception, he told, “I always aim at developing an image that is mysterious and full of fascinating phenomenon. So far the Camera is concerned, it is a magical tool which not only creates life but documents it also. To document the truth and life is more important to me rather than making my images aesthetically perfect.”
   

He has worked on many projects till date. Recently he has done a series of pictures which is titled as “Latent Faces”. Through this mission he has tried to narrate the tales of the people, who exist around us and always work to make a difference, but most of them often go unnoticed – be a labour or farmer, prostitute or pilgrim, cobbler or a butcher. Their faces tell the tales of their hardships.  


Satire or humor out of juxtaposed content is another favorite subject for him, and while working as news photographer he has trained his eyes to spot such situations in our daily routine.


Prabhat Singh has to his credit many solo exhibitions in different cities of India. His stories have taken place in reputed publications. Presently he works as Resident Editor with Amar Ujala Publications Ltd., Noida (India).  

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dashboard: Magic of Stars

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“Magic of Stars”
 This time I am before you with a photograph, titled, “Magic of Stars”. I had an opportunity to photograph the attractive stars during a clear night at Shaukiyathal, (also known as Vriddh Jageshwar) in December-2016. I managed to click around 100 frames of stars by resting the camera on a firm tripod. An automatic timer was used to photograph multiple pictures with an interval of 5 seconds between two pictures. ISO was set at 6400. Exposure was f-4 at 25 seconds for each frame.  Camera was Canon EOS 6D with a Tokina 17-35 mm lens. After all settings done the camera was targeted towards starry sky. A portion of hut like structure was also included in frame to add charm. Then after timer’s button was pressed and the process of clicking started which took around 50 minutes. As earth travels continuously, stars changed their place in each shot. Later I merged those frames in a particular software (Star Stax) and the final picture was amazing. 
However we can click the star trails in a single frame as well by giving a long exposure through camera.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

-Profile- Photographing Nature’s Beauty: Amish Patel


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Photographing Nature’s Beauty
Amish Patel

A resident of Jamnagar (Gujarat), Amish Patel is basically a businessman.  He had a liking for photography art since long. It was the year, 2008 when he started showing his interest towards photography art sincerely. Initially he started photographing landscapes and portraits. But after travelling different beautiful places he gradually inclined towards wildlife photography. Capturing pretty birds and animals became his passion. In this sequence he started participating in photography contests. Today he has to his credit a good number of awards and honours.

As a true nature lover he is actively engaged in different conservation societies, like Gujarat Birds Conservation Society and Gujarat State Lion Conservation Society.
He has taken part in lion census held in April 2010 in India.

--Dr. Pankaj Sharma