Photography: The Art of ‘Immortalising’

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atriCapturing is not a form of skill. It is an expression of art, In this edition of Campus, Atri Bhattacharya, a photographer and an entrepreneur speaks in the language of the lens and explains why is it special and important to preserve memories along with a few photographs

“Immortalists” …one who makes you immortal. That’s what I prefer calling a photographer. I remember back in my college days, my professor explaining Sonnet 18, “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee” –William Shakespeare. I dare say its true and is applicable for any great photograph. For the beauty, the moment or even the people may change or not last forever…but the moment that is captured, is frozen in time. That’s one of the biggest feel good sides of being a photographer.

photography3Owning a high end camera and clicking pictures does not make one a photographer. It makes you and enthusiast. And there’s nothing wrong at being one. Because, every professional photographer was an amateur or an enthusiast once. If photography is your passion, then you need to nurture it, practice it and most importantly learn it. It’s not as easy as running down a hill. Its an art. And there are certain things you should know. Someone once told me there are no rules in photography. I say there are. But its not necessary for you to follow them. However its important that you know them. For only when you know the rules, you can chose to follow or ignore them according to your will to create the magic and freeze it.

So it doesn’t matter what camera you have for the start, if its you passion and you love it…go on clicking. But if you’re serious enough to take it as your profession, then learn it wisely. Study it. Not all the best and biggest photographers or film makers had proper film school or photography education, but they studied it none the less, practiced it. And worked on it to make their work perfect. Similarly study on the subject. We have the whole world at our table now, so use it wisely. Check out the works of famous artists. Don’t limit yourself to one particular genre of photography from the very beginning. Try out all of them, as much as you can. With time you’ll realize what holds your interest the most. And then focus in it. photography2

I started clicking with my Dad’s Yashika and Kodak film camera. Later, started clicking everything I liked with my first camera phone. Sounds funny, but even that helped me to have a better sense of framing. And during my grads I used my point and shoot camera and borrowed a cousin’s SLR while doing a part time job for a magazine. The pay was awful but the job was fun and eventually I learnt a lot from my mentors and seniors there and  also realized that I have a few flaws and I wanted to learn more. So instead of doing my masters in English I did my post grads in photography from one of the most reputed institutes. And now still working on to make a place, a little outside the box.  It’s also important that if you’re doing a proper course then you do it from a proper institute or else in the era of social networking sites there are almost as many amateurs and enthusiasts as many know-it-all “gurus” who claim to be maestros around us.  Photography is an art, you should do it out love or passion…even if this is the career you chose, it should be because of the same reason. Not any hidden agenda. Not because you couldn’t do anything else. Not because you want popularity or “likes” in Facebook. Not because you won’t women to hover to around you (or the other way round). You should do it because you love to do it.