Monday, March 8, 2010

Joey meet Martin..Martin meet Joey

I had the pleasure of meeting and assisting Joey L. at Gulf Photo Plus this past week where apart from the practical lighting and post production workshop he also talked about the portrait work he did in the south of Ethiopia and Indonesia. The work has a studied and slow approach - the effort he took at knowing and engaging his subjects really showed in the images. He has told the story on his blog.. definitely worth a check out! The latest is that he is on his way to Varanasi, India to work on another personal project around the Kumbh Mela.

Then this morning, while perusing my feed reader I see the latest update from Mumbai based photographer Martin Prihoda. He has shot a wonderful series of portraits of yogis (yoga is a subject of great interest and passion for him) in and around Varanasi and Haridwar.. also definitely hit up his blog to see the images. I would love to see what JoeyL. comes up with on his trip.. would be fun to put Martin's and Joey's images side by side to see how the perspectives differ. Historically common subjects have been tackled by many different photographers.. but with the great ones you always see a unique, personal perspective.. you can see the person behind the images.
 More soon..

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Change!

After having been a photographer for over 10 years and having made what turned out to be a major decision of moving to Dubai to be a photographer, I feel another change is needed.

I moved to Dubai in 2004 until when I was in Bombay shooting a fair bit for myself and totally not enough for money! The move to Dubai also enforced a switch to digital photography. A screwed up first shoot on a Nikon D1X, pushed me to figure out this digital thing. Since then, it feels like thats all I have been doing. I feel I have not done enough of my own work and the development of my work has been technical more than anything else.

Now it's time for more changes. I have to buckle down and do much more of my own work..more photography for no money! I have realised that I only shoot when I am being paid to do so and I need to change that. I need to rediscover why I became a photographer in the first place. Also, I want to work on my portfolio and figure out what my 'vision' is. The only way to do that is to keep shooting, shooting, shooting. I want to be eventually be paid to bring that vision to assignments.
This blog is a part of the changes I want to make. I will try to publicly document(via this blog) how I try to make these changes. The blog will carry lots of photography, good and bad, and lots of random thoughts...
More soon... in the meanwhile here is the great Dan Winters on his approach to image making..

and some thoughts on his portrait photography method