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World photography day: Capturing stories, one click at a time

Pune professionals get candid about their passion to tell stories through pictures

pune Updated: Aug 19, 2018 15:36 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Sathe, an art promoter, has had a passion for photography since his school days. Handling a camera and creating compositions always fascinated him.(MILIND SATHE/ HT Photo )

Aiming to inspire photographers to come together and tell their stories through an image, August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day. On this occasion, we speak to people from different professions who have a passion for photography. They share their journey through their favourite lenses.

We have art promoter Milind Sathe, who has been passionate about photography since he was a child, we have marketing strategist Prakash Bang who tells travel stories through his images.

A senior engineer, Sahil Khan found his love for photography through his dad’s passion.

Real estate developer Sanjay Deshpande just can’t get enough of his wildlife memories captured on reel.

Milind Sathe, art promoter: Camera an extended part of one’s body

PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Sathe, art promoter, has had a passion for photography since his school days. Handling a camera and creating compositions always fascinated him.

GOING ABOUT IT

Sathe believes that the learning never ends. “It was mostly on my own and also from conversations with senior photographers, reading and looking at thousands of images over the years. The same process continues,” he says.

HOW PHOTOGRAPHY HAS HELPED

Sathe believes photography is a part of him. According to him, “The camera is an extended body part. It has been enriching as it gave me a powerful medium to express myself. ”Professionally, he started exhibiting his work only since 2016. He has had three solo shows so far - two at Mumbai and one at Pune. “I raised funds for a cancer charity through my Mumbai show. The show at Pune raised funds for two educational projects. It was satisfying when people totally unknown complimented and bought my work.”

INSPIRATION AND IDOLS

In school, he followed Raghu Rai’s work in a popular magazine. “Also Henri Cartier-Bresson. I am also fond of work of Ansel Adams and Ashvin Mehta.”

HIGHLIGHTS

His most memorable moment was when an art collector who was visiting his office, chanced upon some of his pictures which he had printed for gifting to a few friends and insisted on buying them.

“That was the first time I made a sale which was completely unplanned for. He pushed me into seriously looking at my own work. Till then the only objective of my photography was private pleasure. This was the moment which changed it. Now my work gets picked up regularly.”

Sathe is satisfied when he could raise a reasonable amount for social causes through sale of his work.

Prakash Bang, marketing strategist: Travelling boosts his passion

PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

When Bang was 13 years old, his father gifted him his Rolleiflex camera and three books - a collection of World’s Best Photographs. That triggered his love for photography. Of course, the hobby was limited to the pocket money he had as it was expensive to buy films, develop rolls and make prints. Unlike, digital cameras which we fearlessly aim and shoot, those days we had to be very stingy. I would hardly click with the hope that the next shot would be a better composition, and then the regret of not clicking the previous one,” he said.

GOING ABOUT IT

Bang never really learned professionally. Looking at pictures shot by masters of the craft, observing the lights and shadows, the composition and reading on the subject surely helped him a lot.

HOW PHOTOGRAPHY HAS HELPED

Bang says, “At a personal, the hobby kept me out of mischief instead of hanging around in front of the TV with a glass in hand. The long walks helped keep my blood pressure at tolerable levels,” added Bang.

INSPIRATION AND IDOLS

“Since very early days I was quite intrigued by portraits shot by Yousuf Karsh and landscapes by Ansel Adams.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Bang has been lucky to travel far and wide. The North Pole, the South Pole, the deserts of Namibia, the wilderness of Mongolia, the Himalayan Peaks, the Northern Lights on the Arctic Circle, Archipelago of Ecuador 65 countries and over 500 destinations, every journey was a learning.

Sahil Khan, senior UX engineer: Inspired by father’s love for photography

PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Khan’s dad always loved photography himself and hence he grew up seeing him spend time with his equipment.

“He had a Yashica and then eventually a Minolta, both film cameras. I eventually took up a DSLR to do food and music photography for a website that I used to run from 2008 to 2013 – The Tossed Salad.”

GOING ABOUT IT

Khan learnt it over time shooting for his website and getting feedback from all.

HOW PHOTOGRAPHY HAS HELPED

Khan never followed photography professionally, but he did shoot for Doolally for a few months. “It was because of my portfolio with my website.”

INSPIRATION AND IDOLS

Khan hasn’t had any idols since he doesn’t follow photography professionally. “But in the Indian music photography scene, it is Bobin James and Himanshu Rohilla.”

HIGHLIGHTS

“Bobin James commenting on my photo of Pentagram at the Hard Rock Cafe of how he liked my photos. ‘I really like your set, man. I love the fact that you are working those angles, moving around, changing perspective. That always gives you interesting compositions’.”

Sanjay Deshpande, real estate developer: Realtor’s hobby becomes passion

PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Deshpande used to visit forests for the longest time. And, that’s where he realised that while he comes back to the city life, he misses the forests.

“I realised that I should capture the moments which will keep me in the forest when I am back in this concrete jungle.

So, I got a basic level camera. I never realised when my hobby turned into a passion,” he says.

GOING ABOUT IT

Deshpande hasn’t learnt the art professionally and intends to do so.

“I have taken guidance from time to time from experts in the field and it’s more of self learning.”

HOW PHOTOGRAPHY HAS HELPED

A hobby which becomes a passion changes you a lot. As a hobby it relieves you from stress which is an outcome of daily chores. “As a passion it teaches you to become better in whatever you are doing. Especially in wildlife

photography you need a lot of patience.”

INSPIRATION AND IDOLS

Deshpande has many idols as he keenly observes the works of many great wild-life photographers on social media.

HIGHLIGHTS

There are many as each time he visits the forest with a wish list of some moments to capture. “To mention in my very recent trip to Kanha I wanted to see a real big male tiger head on and I got it. I could click the way I wanted to with proper light, position, clarity, background. In Panna I got to capture a tigress looking at her reflection in water.”

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 15:33 IST