Born as Harpreet Singh, he prefers to be called ‘Harp Farmer’. This, he says, is for two reasons: One, he relates himself to the musical instrument harp and second, because of his continuous habit of ‘harping’ (to talk or write persistently on a particular topic). The second part of the name comes from the pride that Harp feels as a farmer, which also makes him relate better to his first love — his home state.
In fact, it was Harp’s love for Punjab that turned him into a photographer from a software engineer. So, he now captures the myriad images of Punjab — the fields, farmers, rivers and landscape — and slots them under his label, Colors of Panjaab. Harp also has a Facebook page of the same name, which the self-taught photographer created two years ago after being gifted a Canon 550D by his brother. After two years as a professional photographer, Harp will now put up a photo exhibition in Canada.
He also shot Punjabi singer Sharry Maan’s portfolio for his album Aate Di Chiri, which gained him a lot of appreciation. Harp recently expanded his label to create Colors of Panjaab Pvt Ltd, under which he wishes to promote young Punjabi singers. So far, he has already shot two videos for Raj Kakra’s album Dilbaryian and Ikki Pannu’s solo track. Harp announces he will soon launch upcoming singer Balwinder Singh Laddi, known popularly as ‘faqeer’.
Home: Nadalon, district Hoshiarpur
School/college: DAV Public School, Jalandhar, Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, I2 IT Pune
I earn my living by: Photography. It’s my passion, through which I earn my bread and butter
I desire in a woman: Simplicity
I appreciate most about my friends: A friend in need is a friend indeed. All of my friends are good people.
If I could name myself,
I would be: Sirdaar Kirsaan Singh
The cause I care for: I’m concerned about issues related to Punjab, Punjabi language and Punjabiyat. I feel the Punjabi language is deteriorating day by day
How I want to die: I want to die like a warrior in the battlefield of life, doing good deeds
My present state of mind: To look ahead
My motto: To sow the seed of tomorrow
Facebook friends at present: My Facebook account has more than 4,000 friends and two of my Facebook pages have 7,861 and 1,987 followers respectively.
Can’t do without this: Nature
I love to shop for: Clothes
A book I’m reading right now: Khule Maidan, a book of poetry by Professor Puran Singh
Sexual preference: Straight
I can’t stand: Dishonest people and hypocrites
Beer or wine: Lassi
I love partying at: A natural surrounding
My hero in real life: Baba Nanak