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Ok Devlin. I like your images. Obviously people are your favourite subjects; what motivates you to get out and take pictures?
Quote: Ok Devlin. I like your images. Obviously people are your favorite subjects; what motivates you to get out and take pictures?
Thanks Denny , i guess more than anything else its a kind of stress therapy for me going out early in the morning, pleasant, cool and peaceful , i can sometimes sit around for ages just watching people go about their work observing others as they live their lives and capturing those decisive moments makes me forget my own troubles and that i guess is motivation enough
Has your style of photography changed with time Devlin and, if so, how?
So - who would you most like to photograph and why?
Do you ever get any hassle for taking pictures of everyday people in the street? Over here there are often stories in the media about photographers being hassled by police or security guards for taking pictures, does that happen in Mumbai? Have you noticed any change since the terrorist attacks?
Quote: Has your style of photography changed with time Devlin and, if so, how?
Not been at it long enough Brian, will complete a year in March this year , but i would definitely say that i believe i have improved a lot in terms of my knowledge and skill's since then largely thanks to all the advice i get on here especially from the Critique Gallery, i now think and visualize better what iam trying to convey not always successfully but getting there
Quote: So - who would you most like to photograph and why?
H mm tough question Cathy, dont rightly know never thought about it, but i would definitely like to visit all the major cities of the world and record day to day life of people if that makes sense
Quote: Do you ever get any hassle for taking pictures of everyday people in the street? Over here there are often stories in the media about photographers being hassled by police or security guards for taking pictures, does that happen in Mumbai? Have you noticed any change since the terrorist attacks?
By and large no i think most of the people here dont mind i have a policy of deleting anyone's photos right away if they object to it and simply move on; and dont get into a confrontation, most of the times though i try to be as discrete as i can so that the shots dont come out looking posed or unnatural which means that they dont always know that their photos have been taken, the cops though are a different matter altogether especially after the terrorist attacks and while they dont hassle you, one can be expected to be questioned if you venture into sensitive areas like the railway stations, airports etc or other high visibility areas where you have VIP's or political leaders staying..its also a good policy to avoid these places after dark or in the night if you are in the mood for some night photography , we got stopped once in the night by a bunch of em and it took some convincing to avoid being carted off to the local station for further identity verification, though if you have a press card or are affiliated to them then you dont get hassled much...
It does make sense! Where's the best place you've been to take pictures so far?
I was called "coach" by Romel, a good friend and IT contractor from the north of India, not far from the Himalayas. He bought his camera kit in the UK as it was cheaper than back home.
Is camera kit a very expensive luxury in all of India? Is it coming down in price? How popular a hobby is photography over there?
Here he is actually...
Living in Bangalore now I think
Quote: It does make sense! Where's the best place you've been to take pictures so far?
I traveled a lot pre-photography days primarily to the US / Canada and Asia Pacific, last year though has only been within India, i guess my fav still remains Mumbai maybe cause iam more comfortable with the general scene of things here, after Mumbai it would have to be Shimla, then followed by Jaipur. This year though looks like its going to be more of International travel and iam looking forward to it from my traveling days i think i would like to revisit San Francisco and the bay area, especially places like Palo Alto and the Stanford University, Toronto is another city i would like to go back to with a Camera
Quote: Is camera kit a very expensive luxury in all of India? Is it coming down in price? How popular a hobby is photography over there?
Yes its pretty much an expensive hobby by average standards, the Canon Entry level cameras start at about INR 25,000 with stuff like the 7D (body only) coming it at INR 75,000, the exchange rate works out to about INR 73 to the pound which would make it about 1025 GBP if converted. It has come down marginally over the years i guess with reforms in the tax and import duty sections but still remains expensive, though converted its still a 1000 pounds but its still a lot of money out here..especially given the fact that over 40% of the population is below International Poverty line of $1.25 incomer per day and the average monthly income of people in 2010 was about INR 3,000 per month. The hobby though is catching on off late with Average incomes going up at least in the Metro cities and other urban areas, its not uncommon these days to see weekend photography excursions by large groups we even have a few clubs starting off now...:, plus the digital media industry is on a boom now so lots of people are also opting for it from a career standpoint..
Quote: Here he is actually...
Living in Bangalore now I think
Thats a good one Bangalore is in the south of India, another interesting place to be with a Camera
Yeah - he's from right up near China, but moved to Bangalore to join the IT crowd.
He highly reommends Kerala (nor sure I spelled that right) - have you been there?
That's a big shift almost from one end of the country to the other yup you spelled it right the backwaters of Kerala are probably one of the most scenic locations in the country, very peaceful, calm still waters, palm trees etc definitely worth a visit if you get the chance...i have visited it on and off over the last 10 years or so, and i dont mind going back again its a lovely get away from the rat race of city life
When I look at photos from India, they're so incredibly different to the UK that I find them entrancing, it's a view on a different world in many ways.
DO you have the same reaction to shots from europe, and the UK?
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