Today, in this session, we are featuring two young talents from the field of photography. Both of them hail from middle-class families from Mahabubnagar, Telangana. Presently, they are pursuing higher studies from NIT Rourkela. Meet the talents – Sujeevan Kumar Agir and Priya Gupta.
Hi Sujeevan and Priya, welcome to conflatingVisions. To start with, please say a few lines about you.
Sujeevan: Hi..! We both hail from middle-class families from Mahabubnagar, Telangana. I am an electronics engineer, worked as a software engineer for six years in Bangalore and then quit for pursuing Ph.D. at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. I did work as Associate Professor at an engineering college in Mahabubnagar for four years where I wish to join and continue teaching after my research work is over here.
Coincidentally, Priya is a pass out from the same college as I am! She is an electrical engineer and in her short stint as a software engineer, worked with CTS and Google. Right now pursuing her master’s and enjoying photography as well. She does free hand drawing, plays badminton.
Your photography works are wonderful. What inspires you to create those beauties?
Priya: Thank you! We would like to say rather than inspiration it is the love for it, we always loved to click whenever we got a chance and it always been joyous each time more than before as we learn something new each time.
Who introduced you to the world of photography?
Priya: Well it’s been more like a photographic world these days – the age of selfies! You need not get introduced to photography, it has been everywhere! Everybody who can push the click button is a photographer now, but only a few have the “photographic eye” that makes him/her stand out from others. And yeah, if passion adds to it, then it is petrol to the fire! Actually, we are habituated to see the world through photos and we all love it. I started taking pictures from past few years though, after Sujeevan introduced me to SLR camera.
Sujeevan: I have been the default photographer of our home from my school days. I am a bike enthusiast – rode almost entire south India and loves trekking – hiked many peaks in the western/eastern ghats. The only way to make all the memories permanent is to photograph the moment. So I kept on upgrading myself from film camera to digital camera to mobile camera to SLR camera. It has been a great deal of learning. Priya got into photography after she got associated with me – she definitely has the “photographic eye”. She is very passionate, you never know when she feels like clicking during the day (it includes midnight as well) and just grabs the camera bag, tripod and off she goes on her bicycle exploring the university campus. She is a better photographer than I am!
Which photography genres attract you the most and why?
Priya: We would like to click in every genre we get a chance – no favourite as such. Until now, we enjoyed whatever genre we have done equally be it street, wedding, portfolio, nature, macro, all are very exciting! Well, if you want to be specific for sure, then it is wedding photography – because it is full of colors and emotions, happiness everywhere!
What is your idea of a perfect photograph?
Sujeevan: Photography is an art and there is nothing called a perfect piece of art. Some photographs are great because of their composition while some are because of their timing! For us, a perfect photograph is that which speaks to itself about what the photographer has in mind while capturing it- without being explained.
Any special moments/events/memories related to your photography journey you want to share with us…
Sujeevan: Not many, but as we click in public parks, streets and show their photographs to the people, “the pleasant surprise” expression on their faces gives a lot of kick and energy! Also, we have this habit of clicking pictures of guards, workers on the university campus, take prints and give those to them. The happiness we see in their eyes as they watch their photographs in hands, gives us immense satisfaction about our hobby!
Is there anything which you would like to photograph which you haven’t till now?
Priya: That’s definitely a very long list. Yeah! There are lot many in the to-do list, but in particular its ‘Milkyway’ in perfect spots. Very difficult to get in the area we live because of heavy industrial and light pollution.
Share with us the photograph which you think is your best. Why do you consider it to be your best photograph?
Priya: This one. This was my FIRST try with macro and lucky enough for the timing!
Tell us about your association with Third Eye Photography Club of NIT, Rourkela.
Sujeevan: Third Eye at NIT Rourkela is a photography club formed by three persons passionate about photography to bring like-minded budding shutterbugs of the campus. Now it grew up and has 20+ members. It has been a wonderful experience being members of the club. As a part of the club activities, we cover almost all the events of the campus – both indoor and outdoor. The Third Eye experience helped a lot because it gave us many challenges especially with varying lights. The light intensity varies a great deal during the events and we need to adapt to the changes in light so fast that we do not miss the action on the stage. It is great fun learning through practice, discussing with senior members of the club and mentoring the new ones. Third Eye also hosts an annual photo exhibition – VIVID. We display the best of the members’ works as well as selected pictures from the entries we get from outside students across the state. Also, Third Eye is the most popular club of our campus. We are proud that we are members of this elite club of NIT Rourkela.
What are the objectives of the photography club?
Priya: The prime objective of the club is to encourage its members to learn and excel in photography. The club provides a healthy platform by conducting regular photo walks in and around the campus, arranging guest lectures from renowned photographers across the country, handling knowledge-sharing sessions from seniors.
Priya this question is exclusively for you. Tell us how Sujeevan as a photographer helps you?
He is the motivation for me to venture into photography and has been a constant driving force. First critic for all my photographs.
One last question of this session to both of you, if you have had one wish…
We both have the same wish… to travel all around the world! 🙂