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Narayan Kumar: The moment photography became a serious thing, I knew it was going to be about travel photography mostly. An advertising career in Mumbai already provided active access to top names in commercial Indian photography like (late) Prabuddha Dasgupta, Atul Kasbekar, Madhur Shroff, Tarun Khiwal among many others. Having grown up in Chennai, though, it was natural to look to Tamil Nadu, the land of temples, eternally emblazoned in the mind’s eye.
I made my start at the majestic, yesteryear Chola capital of Gangaikondacholapuram. And travel photography entered the blood stream. And the subject matter too expanded.
A family holiday to eastern Europe followed soon after that. With no prior expectations, Hungary was a surprise gift of gigantic proportions. The churches and bridges of Hungary – lit gorgeously by an obliging, low-angle sun – were begging to be photographed. I obliged, with a decent amount of dodge-and-burn to boot.
That’s the oddball way my travel photography started – a grand temple of Tamil Nadu I was curious about and the splendour of Hungary which I knew nothing about. A set of unrelated locations that changed the way I was seeing.
I can’t think of going anywhere now without my camera. Which, by the way, is a Nikon… or a Canon. While the technology in our hands today is truly excellent, what is even more exciting is the daily inspiration from the numerous images on Instagram. It’s an exciting time to be a part of an explosive world of photography, and in particular, a spate of talent in Indian photography.
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