I first took up a camera in 2003. A little too late I feel. Until then, my creative release came through writing. But that first camera – a Canon 350D changed everything. From words, I became a visual storyteller.
When shooting I try to become as inconspicuous as possible. I also love going in close to my subject. I believe Robert Cappa’s quote “If your images are not good enough, you are not close enough.” I suppose my physical frame helps with that! But I also use gear so as to enable this stealth documentary approach. Back in 2005 I did my first wedding in a documentary photojournalistic style, seeking to remain inconspicuous, silently documenting events and emotions unfolding before me. I was hooked to the idea of documenting people’s lives on what is one of the big days in their lives. To have complete access on a day when emotions run the whole gamut is more than any documentary photographer could ask.
Over the years cameras have changed but the Canon brand stuck with me. My last camera has been the highly acclaimed 5DMk3. In the meanwhile, I also began working with video. The Canon 7D enabled this transition seamlessly for me. The 5DMk3 only enhanced this. And about 2 years ago I invested in the Canon C100 camera for my video documentary projects. That camera came with me to the deserts of Gujarat and remote villages across India.