A Kid & A Camera

There is something acutely fascinating about photographing children. The kids of today are spontaneous, camera-aware, if not always friendly, and sharp. 

The last week was spent in the company on such children. The age group varied from 6-12 year olds, with the latter just a handful or less.

Many of us came into the world of photography later. We used film cameras and they were preciously hoarded. But the kids of today came into the world of cellphones, cellphones with cameras, digital cameras and iPads and webcams and all such visual things. They can operate a digicam better than their parents ever could.

Most of the kids asked me what the difference between an SLR and a digicam was and they could understand the difference much easier than an adult ever would. That doesn't mean they have no questions... with the world being their playground, they are so curious about everything. 

Different lenses, angles, lighting techniques... one six-year old could even direct me to shoot her with moody lighting. She set the stage, experimented and I was merely her hands. 

I tend to forget these days that I am actually shooting or talking to children. They make so much more sense than adults. Often, when I hear some slightly biased statement, I know I'm hearing the voice of the parent and not the child. That can be easily corrected.

In the tired zone that I was, many of the children started to look like adults to me. Their statements were.

In conversation about creativity and imagination, we were arguing about the existence of something. An 8-year old flatly said it didn't exist. She said in such a matter-of-fact manner that I was wondering how she knew.

"You search it on the internet and if you can't find it, it doesn't exist," she said flatly and shrugged.

Such is the wisdom on the netizen junior.

9 Moments Of The Day - Jan 12

So here we are with a new project... The aim is to capture 9 Moments from each day.

I'm not really sure if I am going to be doing this everyday... carrying a big bulky camera can be a pain sometimes, and I don't know how long I'll even be getting out. 

I started the slight lomo/instagram processing on these photographs. I'm not particularly sure if I like it. I know it looks awesome to start with and all that.... together, as small thumbnails mostly. But as full sized images, they sort of lose some of their characters. But is certainly is easy processing, even if I think it is lazy processing.

A Photographic Retrospective - Part 3

November & December - the busiest months so far. Hoping that continues... but in the meanwhile, it was just so not possible to pick one or two or even three images as my favorite. Perhaps in each category I could... but to make up for not uploading many photographs for a while, hoping you enjoy this selection.

Happy 2012!

(Part 1 and Part 2)

A Photographic Retrospective - Part 2

July = Fashion and kids. Such bliss.

August: More food shoots. And one of the bizzarest fashion shows I'd attended so far!

September: A beautiful couple expecting their first child... capturing those lovely moments in the backdrop of Fireflies.

October: There were other things this month but these two photographs remain my favorites... indulgence and the price we pay. Shot at a birthday party and the aftermath of the Ganesha festival respectively.

(Part 1 of the retrospective is here)

A Photographic Retrospective - Part 1

So Year 1 of a Photography Career... Much of my style and sense of imagery has evolved since January last year. A quick look back at the best images in 2011..

January... My first ever official assignment as a photographer - to cover an arts show. I wandered around, juggling shooting what I liked and what I was supposed to shoot.