Capturing the soul

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Capturing  the soul

It is said that a camera is a ‘save’ button for the mind’s eye. Operating behind the lens has become a trending passion these days. One would be surprised to know how many Bengalureans have taken this hobby forward.

Akshay Chauhan never cared a lot about cameras until 2010 when he got his first DSLR.
This self-taught photographer started making a business out of his passion in college to pay his rent and bills.

Many night clubs started to hire him in London where he was previously studying, some for freelance and others, contract based.

According to Akshay, prime lens’ are the best even though they are fairly expensive. “There’s no point in pursuing a passion if you aren’t willing to take an extra step with the equipment,” he adds. What makes him unique is his ability to whip out his camera anywhere and capture the right moment. Portraits and outdoor shots are his favourite, though his style keeps fluctuating. As he has a full time job in Bengaluru, he rarely gets time off  to pay attention to photography. “Keep your eyes and ears open at all time.

This is what makes a good artist,” says Akshay Chauhan. “Despite having a deep admiration for SLR cameras, I ended up in the IT sector,” adds Piers Michael.

However, this enthusiast did not let go off his passion; in 2004, he started photography as a hobby whenever he got the chance. To him, peoples’ raw and everyday emotions give meaning to a picture. With Ansel Adams and Robert Capa as his inspiration, he is currently undertaking professional shoots and working as a wedding photographer.

According to Piers, “Equipment does not matter to a large extent as it is a photographer that takes a picture, not a lens.” Being a lover of street photography in particular, he tries to capture people in positive light. “If people saw the pictures I took of them, I would want for them to be happy. When I sense the arrival of emotion, I am always there,” he adds. Learning from one’s mistakes is most important in order to be successful. Making comparisons is pointless. “Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles.”

Some people derive inspiration from family members. Yohaan Bopanna was driven to take up photography in 2013 when his uncle bought him a camera. He works for individuals, companies and for his own satisfaction. He believes that investing in camera accessories is worth it if one is doing well enough to earn it back.

A lover of wildlife, he looks up to Alberto Korda for his post-revolution work. “My greatest weakness lies in my age,” he says; when people hear he is just 19-years-old they do not take him serious. “Money comes very slowly. If you are just looking to earn money, then pick another hobby,” he adds.

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