Noted American photographer and writer Diane Arbus once said, “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” Hindustan Times recently traced a group of students at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, who are passionate about creating such secrets. On being asked to underline the greatness of the craft, they willingly shared their personal experiences.
“Photography can best be handled by those who possess virtues such as patience and spontaneity, along with a creative streak. After all, it is all about capturing the various hues of life for eternity. Above all, a photograph can capture emotions in just one click,” the click-happy students say.
Himmat Singh Sidhu adores wildlife photography and says he inherited this art from his uncle. “I have accompanied my uncle to various forests. When he would show me pictures of different birds and animals later, I would love it. He noticed my interest and taught me all about the camera, from handling it to developing certain qualities to be a good photographer,” shares Sidhu.
He says the best shot he ever took was of a herd of deer suspended in the air as they galloped past. For this particular moment, he had to remain at the same spot for an entire day.
For Anmol Toor, Dippanjeet Kaur and Gurpreet Singh, nature photography captivates their minds above all.
“Caught in the hustle and bustle of modern times, the human eye often fails to capture nature’s myriad fancies. However, we feel that the kind of pictures we take from nature can successfully inspire both the young and the old to develop a love for nature,” say the trio, who regularly read photography magazines to keep their art polished. Watching channels exclusively dedicated to cameras and images keep them abreast of all the latest technological developments.
For Sahil Sharma, capturing emotions is the best of the lot. “I do a lot of street and candid photography. Pictures that evoke emotions are most powerful. It makes me and my viewers feel that a picture is worth a thousand words,” says Sahil.
On the other hand, Dilkaran Singh loves to redefine nightlife and architecture through his camera. He keenly shares some tips on the art of photography.
“A good photographer must be highly sensitive towards his surroundings. Surroundings play an important role in taking good pictures. It can be on any theme, but what we want to show must be kept in mind even before that first click,” says Dilkaran.
To share their shots with others, they upload their pictures on various social networking sites, while many have even made their own official pages. To take their passion to new heights, they are all set to start a photography club in the near future.
When asked how they would feel if they had forgotten their camera at home while travelling, they exclaim, “Just like a fish feels without water!”?