Rome was burning and Nero was fiddling.

I took this photograph at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur on 15th November 2014. It was the time of sunset and you can see the colour of sky in the pic, with the mix of clouds it was looking interesting something abstract. So I liked this whole thing and was composing the shot. Nearby that place few people were rehearsing for their drama, I was able to listen to then clearly. As I was about to press the shutter button I heard the line “Rome jal raha tha aur Nero hans raha tha” and I pressed the shutter button.

The Web.

As soon as I saw this web it was clear to me that the spider who created this have big dreams and courage to do something different.

Fine art Photography is more about observing it’s more about emotions rather than just clicking.

Is it Reflection or Life. . .

I took this pic at Johri bazar, Jaipur and this is the window of my car on which the reflection or life of this poor guy is captured. After doing some street photography when I came back to my car I saw these guys standing there and talking to each other. I just smiled at them and asked them to make some space so that I can sit in my car. They gave me the space and the guy who has his hand resting on his back made a comment “I also had the same car once but lost it in the betting and now I have rickshaw”. Without even thinking and wasting anytime my hands automatically grabbed the camera and I took this pic.

Although this photograph is technically not perfect but every time when you take photograph it’s not necessary that it has to be absolutely focused, sharp, with a subject or following the rules of photography. Photography is an art and camera is just a tool which helps an artist to present his vision to the world. Art is divided into many categories but it has no specific rules or definition. The most common definition of art is :- “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. So to simplify it further we can say that any creation which is appealing to you can be defined as an art. So even if a photograph is not fulfilling the norms of good photography like right composition, good focus, or sharpness or so on. . . but still if it somehow grab your attention and/or portray a story then you can call it a good piece of art.

Pushkar fair and Hopes. . .

I met this guy in Pushkar fair his name is Bhagwan Singh Raika, he was looking bit tensed so I just decided to intervene. He told me that uptill now fair this year has not brought any good news to him, he has loans to repay and he was here to sell his camel’s but can’t able to find a good buyer yet. While we were talking he was repeatedly looking towards a direction (somewhere behind me) he was waiting for his son to return who has gone to talk to a buyer.

I liked the posture and the effect created by the shadow of hand in sunlight, in which one eye was brightly lit up and other eye was in darkness. Before he could have reacted I put my camera in position and clicked the shot. All that happen in friction of second, I stood up and wished him luck.

Sweet Smell of Marijuana. . .

Continuation of Part 1 - So after the refreshing tea I was ready for the war but the only problem was that everyone else was sleeping. Anyhow without losing the hope I was roaming around in the desert in the middle of sleeping Camels. Then suddenly a sweet smell of marijuana just hit me from nowhere. As I turned to see the source of that sweet smell I saw two people in distance where having drags of marijuana and preparing camp fire to fight the cold. I started walking towards them when I reached near them we greeted each other and I sat in front of them always get in the eye level of subject. We were having some general conversation and in between those conversations they offered me a drag. . . . Awww. . . it was a tempting offer but I refused it with thanks. Then they both started discussing something and I found this candid moment and clicked it.

Some people say that it is good to mix art and alcohol or drugs, some say having few pegs before singing in public will improve your performance and so on. I am not going to deny all these things straight away but you have to understand what they do to you and how it works. Alcohol slowdowns your reflexes and suppress the reasoning and logical part of your brain. So for a singer who has to perform in front of hundreds of people he gets bit conscious and to overcome that consciousness he sometimes take alcohol and sometimes it even might work. A painter when he takes marijuana his brain becomes slow and gets free from all the borders and then he creates a work of art and so on. . . But a Photographer always has to be in attention position with good reflexes cause he has to immediately rationalize the situation get in position and do the clicking keeping all the rules in mind. For a photographer most important things are moments and if you had missed them you have missed the all. So I will say that Alcohol and Drugs are not good for Photography.

Tea seller for insomniacs. . .

I was sleeping at a hotel in Pushkar where I went to cover famous Pushkar Camel fair. I was in deep sleep and suddenly my eyes were wide open at 2am and a thought came in my mind that let’s go and do some photography. I got ready and headed towards the fairground it was a cold dark night in a desert and walking distance was of approx 3km from my hotel. All the camels were sleeping and all the traders were sleeping too who brought those camels there. I saw a light coming from a distance when I reached there I saw it was a tea stall and he was serving insomniac creatures like me in the middle of night. So I stopped there for a cup of tea and then when one another insomniac customer was clearing his bill and waiting for his change and at that time I took this pic in the light of lantern.

So I will say that their is no wrong time or light for photography, Every time is good and every light is best.

Click for Part 2 . . .