Thursday

The Art of Creativity



What all you people notice when you see a movie?? Definitely the first priority goes to the actress, then the actor, songs and so on..and i am no different:)..It’s indeed true that our audience are really good at analyzing the technical side of the movie, especially about the visualization. In fact, India has got a bunch of exceptionally talented cinematographers and photographers. But for sometime, a new trend has been wavering across Kerala. Yes, I am talking about ‘Photography’, the new passion for our youngsters these days.

Hari Menon
It requires a lot of effort and dedication to convert this passion into a profession, especially this field being very competitive. Some of the best examples being people like Hari Menon, Jayesh Mohan, Ajay Menon etc. Infact, I was lucky enough to meet some of the eminent photographers in Kerala. Photography is a very interesting field to be in, but very competitive too. 

Jayesh Mohan
Ajay Menon
“You don't take a photograph, you make it”..a very famous quote by photographer Ansel Adams. This quote turns so meaningful when you see the photographs taken by these people. Hari Menon is a pure class when it comes to creativity. He has even produced some exceptional photographs from some situations which we never notice in life. Being a traveller, he has almost covered every part of India with his creative photography. Some of his photos leaves us spellbound for sure. In fact, I am a great fan of Hari as his photography continues to encourage more and more people into this field. Jayesh Mohan happens to be a close friend of mine. A very jovial person who came into the field of photography after studying animation(no relation between these two) and turned successful with his hardwork. He is a famous name among the Cochin photographers who specialises well in Fashion and Wildlife photography. He is a great fan of rock music and works as a vocalist in a Ernakulam based band. There is an album called ‘The Jayesh Mohan Way’ in his Facebook profile which clearly proves that all the photographs has got a typical 'Jayesh' touch:)..Ajay Menon also continues to amaze us with his photographs. He takes photography in another perspective, a bit different from the others. I love the way he photographs people, which has got unusual depth and meaning every time. The common factor among the three is that they reached these heights with their own effort and hard work. Their works are the best references for everyone who is new to this field. We can't forget the works of senior photographers like Rajan Paul Sir(truly splendid), Anil Kumar Sir etc. 


A recent snap from Jayesh Mohan..Simply outstanding!


As i said, many youngsters are now aspiring to become photographers. It will be ungrateful if i forget to mention about my friends Nidhin Radhakrishnan, Sunil Karthikeyan, Ashwin Koushan, Manu Manohar, Vishnu Raghav, Ananthu Ganesh etcwho are exceptionally talented. Not to forget people like Munz, Vishnu Prabhakar etc. Nidhin completed diploma in photography and is now moving around Kerala with his Nikon D50. His photos are very creative, some leaves us with a haunted impression, and is really blessed to have received comments from senior photographers like Rajan Paul Sir. I hope soon he will be among the top photographer's of Kerala. Manu and Ananthu are some of the budding photographers from Trivandrum, who are gaining popularity with their awesome clicks. Hope they will be soon among the top. The growth of social network has really helped everyone in promoting their works(all of them owns a fan page in Facebook). 


One of my favorites from Nidhin:)


As for me, i was too passionate about about photography from my childhood. My dad was a photographer, which really made me close to film cameras and lenses. After he quit this career my interest got lost too. But as the time came, the interest gradually came back to me. Now i am very much interested in this field as many are inspiring me to get creative. Some people thinks that owning a DSLR makes them a good photographer. As many are buying these DSLR and publishing photos as they like, the genuine essence of photography is lost at times. Please don't spoil the class of this great media.. Do creative and innovative works, and make photography as a language to communicate in the coming years! 
Palakkad..Photo by my friend Manu Manohar!


Night is always young at Kovalam..Ananthu Photography:)

"When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls" ~ Ted Grant
(PS: This is my view on photography and the photographers of Kerala. There are many more talented photographers in Kerala and other parts of India. I wrote this with best of my knowledge. And i do remember and respect the senior photographers even though i haven't mentioned much about them. Do feel free to comment what you think of this writeup. Thanks:)) 


15 comments:

Chintoo said...

I've noticed a steep rise in interest in photography among the youth of India these days. Perhaps it is the advent of the new-age cameras, or maybe the avalanche effect of a few people being interested which inspires their mates. In any case, no matter what the motivation, I like it that the youngsters are taking art seriously.

Chintoo said...

There has definitely been a steep rise recently in the attraction towards photography among the Indian youth. Perhaps it is due to the advent of the new-age cameras, or maybe the avalanche effect of a few guys being interested that tugs in their mates. In any case, it is heartening to see the youngsters taking serious interest in art.

Manu Vikram said...

Very True and inspiring:)

SiD said...

vedikettu! you are getting better day by day...kerala is definitely on the way to becoming the creativity hub of India. And these guys play a big role in that...Though I have never seen any of these guys you mentioned in person, I do hear a lot about all of them almost every day.

nidhi said...

Hi Gautam,
Appreciable work,nicely woven....it framed ur passion for writing n photography.
:)

Gautham said...

@chintoo chettan: well said chetta..absolutely right:)
@manu: thanks a lot:)
@sid: thanks a lot bro:)..it's all because of u people's inspiration..it's really nice to see more and more people coming to this field:)
@nidhi: thanks a lot dear:)

NEEYA ............ said...

Very informative and authentic post:)///
A different one!!!

Reji Lal said...

Not everyone possess this kind of talent which is purely inborn. I truly admire the works by all of them who found place in this blog. Hats off to gautham for this good piece of work... cheers :)

Gautham said...

@neethu: thanks a lot:)
@reji: thanks da..thanks a lot..ya let them continue to produce more wonders and inspire more and moe people to this:)

aswathy said...

a mindblown blog bout a fantafab topic..gud job,truly inspiring nd infrmativ..foundatin 2 youngstrs..reveals ua passion 2wrdz dz field...go n v ol vth u!!!gr88888...

Gautham said...

@aswathy: thanks a lot sis:)

kshama singh said...

Hey gautam....
thats so nice of you to write about such nice people with such great talent of photography.

I know Jayesh and Ananthu since long, i am always amazed with their clicks...hari menon and many more are so fine artists that eys don't want to stop watching them...

Hey if u dont mind u should also see some of Sreekanth-ize's clicks...he is mind blowing...in fact to me, i think he creates magic..and so i call him Magician <3

one more name to mention...its stanly sunny...he is a great clicker... :-)

Gautham said...

@kshama: thanks a lot..and thanks for the info..i will surely check:)

manu m said...

thanks da :)

Gautham said...

@manu: my pleasure:)..nee jeevanode undalle?:P