"There are ones who still say that photography is not an art... the scene/subject is there right in front of the eyes... and all that one needs to do is click the button"
"But there are also the others who believe that even though it is just a click of the button, one can perceive and present the image in an own way.. It is what one visualizes.. aspects like composition, point of view, DOF added to the other respective aesthetics can help traverse newer dimensions.. A picture can express, communicate, tell a story, depict life in stillness and present nature in its purest form. And thats what makes it as a finer form of art.."
These latter words in quotes is what I believe in and the words continue to inspire me .
Added to all this, works of great photographers like Steve McCurry continue to amaze me! Steve's work made me realize that photography is not just about capturing something that is already beautiful but a honest perspective into those real moments of truth depicted in an aesthetic way.
Photography for me is something that enables me to connect to a very deeper and inner side of nature, life, the little precious moments and the real world surrounding it.
What started as a hobby is something more than a passion for me now. I have not missed a single day of posting an image out of my work in the last 10+ years here in my photoblog: http://thetraces.aminus3.com. The challenge has been to capture the image in the truest essence and make it substantial in its own sense.
My site: www.sriramguruswamy.com
VFXY Weekly pick award - 26.5.2008
Winner - TCS Shutterbug Award
52 times at spotlight and 28 times in colour spotlight in Aminus3.
Testimony written by Dawn M. Armfield of VFXY on my work
I have a long distance love affair with India. I've never been, but when I see photographs of India by talented photographers like Sriram, I am enamored all over again. I'm sure the colors of India have something to do with it. Sriram captures those colors vividly. Each color image is bold and beautiful, incredibly powerful in simplicity.
Perhaps, though, it is the people. Sriram's photographs of the people of India make this transparent. The children look idyllic and the photographs of adults in work environments or during celebrations are an insight into a culture that exudes knowledge about life. Sriram's photography speaks volumes about his love for his homeland, and rightfully so.
More About Me.......
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Ok, here it goes:
Living for every moment... happy and lucky I guess and extremely thankful about it;
Married to a lovely girl... Father to a naughty boy;
Currently immersed into Indian classical music;
Keep listening to most of the genres of music esplly Carnatic Classical, Favorites being G.N.B, Semmangudi, Rajarathnam Pillai, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Lalgudi, MSG, S.Kalyanaraman, T.N.Seshagopalan, Abhishek Raghuram, Patri Satish Kumar, S.Varadharajan, Rashid Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Salamat Ali Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, MLV, M.S to Pink Floyd, Enigma, Shakti, A.R.Rahman, Mohd Rafi and Ilayaraja;
Crazy about a whole lot of sports... splly Cricket! ;
Huge movie buff... Coppola, Kubrick, Spielberg, Kieslowski, Scorcese, Sam Mendes, Darabont, Tornatore, Christopher Nolan, Tarantino, Coen Brothers, Innaritu', Majid Majidi, Kamal Hassan, Maniratnam, Vishal Bharadwaj, Aamir Khan, Santhosh Sivan, Anurag Kashyap are some of the filmmakers that I admire (Not to mention the debutants who made movies like "City of god", "Lives of the others", No man's land" etc etc;
Other interests includes Travel, Caricaturing and importantly Food.
Nikon D700 and
Nikon D50 with a
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Nikkor;
24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Zoom Nikkor Lens;
12-24mm Sigma F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro;
50mm Prime Nikkor f/1.8;
18 - 55mm & 55 - 200mm Nikkor lenses;
A neat Manfrotto and a whole lot of filters!