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Last year was busy and long on many counts. It was a year of learning. Most would argue this – every year or in fact every day we learn something new. Yes. Mostly. But some lessons ground and polarise you. Some leave an indelible mark and change your pathway. 2017 was one of those years of relearning myself.
Thank you Victorian Archives Gallery for selecting my work. I am honoured and humbled to the core. The Exhibition is open now until March 2018 before the body of work is archived in the PROV Archive Centre. I hope you get to see it in person.
Spring Fashion Week - Launch on Saturday afternoon 23rd of September 2017.
This is a group exhibition featuring 10 photographers and my work is featured under the title: Dare to be different. If you are in Melbourne, place check out the exhibition or come and see us at the opening night.
Shannon is a fascinating photographer from Thibodaux, Louisiana. He loves the world of Leica. We spent about six days running around hilly terrain of North Vietnam. I had the Fujifilm X-Pro2 with the 23mm f/2 while Shannon sported is much-loved M9. I could tell Shannon has been using Leica for a long time.
The ancient Chinese got their ink from smoky oil lamps, brushing away deposited soot and mixing it into a paste that hardened into "stones". This black was pure, indelible and did not fade, and they fell in love with it. They used it not only for writing but for painting, which they saw as just another way to express their thoughts....
Hi Swarat, nice to meet you. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello ! My Name is Swarat Ghosh. I am born and brought up in the coal capital of India i.e Dhanbad. At present, I am based out of Hyderabad and professionally working as a “Lead Visual Designer” in a reputed software company in Hyderabad.
ust like the kids you see in this photobook I was born in India too. It could have been me. It could have been my very own childhood of squalor, downright poverty and constant anguish for the next morsel of food. A safe place to sleep away from harms reach. All of this could have been my very own ordeal. Day after day.
While I enjoy writing about photography and in particular about the 'street’ genre I also enjoy discussing philosophical topics that strike a cord with me particularly relating to ethics of photography and staying open
The strength and truth you taught me is all I need to remember. It is all within me.
The fortitude and resilience thats innate from being born and brought up in a third world country are my stepping stone to life.
Respect! Compassion! Humbleness. Strength of character. Will-power. Empathy.
Creatively speaking, when ego enters the mind of an artist, muse can no longer abide. For artists that create, the pureness of this state of being true to your art is next to none. To stay worthy and inspired in a world full of distractions and fake social hype - resetting the mind is a very cleansing process.
"Paint light and shadow with your camera. All you need is an artistic mind and a fearless spirit. When muse sees your intent it flirts with you. Embrace your rendezvous." - Amit Karmakar
This body of work is a collection of moments from a project that took me across three island countries of New Zealand, Australia and Japan. It can also be viewed online at the contactsheet print shop. https://shop.contactsheet.com.au/collections/amit-karmakar
I have been experimenting my Fujifilm X100F Across G and R filters. I can assure you Fujifilm X100F kills is just like the X-Pro2! What a piece of beauty in this tiny body!
When holding any small camera is hand it poses a challenge to accidentally press a button or two. I have done this a millions times with my previous small cameras Fujifilm X70, Fujifilm X100T, Ricoh Gr2... and the trendy seems to continue with my all new Fujifilm X100F
I have had the all new Fujifilm x100F in my hands for about 3 weeks now. I was lucky to have got it within a day after it was released. Its one fine camera with amazing power.
Here's to the talented women unnamed, unrecognised, underpaid tirelessly standing up against injustice small or big.
If you use a Fujifilm camera and use RAW files to shoot your image, your files will come up looking flatter when you import them in Lightroom. I have created the standard in-camera Fujifilm Presets for your RAW files.
A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.
When I shoot in B/W* (which is mostly)... I kinda miss colour a bit. But then I start to see everything that could have been a great colour composition and frame, just like Alex Webb or Jesse Marlow's frames to name a few.
Every city and town have homeless people. Sad that it is but that's just the new reality we all live in given rising costs and low affordability worldwide. They have fallen on hard times, are homeless with very little to no ...
Today in 2016, 68 years later from the inception of this amazing idea, I ask you, how much have we achieved as human beings?
High on India's northern frontier, at the edge of Tibet, lies Ladakh, a desert wilderness that is the final stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism.
“One day you will understand that kindness is harder than cleverness. Smart is a gift, but kindness is a choice.”
Be kind to people even when you make portraits. But I definitely think being somewhat discreet or invisible in the crowd while being respectful - helps frame natural expressions on people's faces.
I wanted to share with you about a fantastic black and white mobile app I've been using the last two months. It's called Blackie. Having used this app almost every single day since my purchase -- I'm happy to say it's my number one black and white app on the iPhone to date.
I'm putting together a post with all the Ricoh GR goodies I've found so far. This includes Lightroom presets, reviews and other relevant goodies relating to the Ricoh GR2 that I'm currently using.
I'm late to the party, but, many have said before -- it's never too late to do a good thing. Right? This is my love page for Ricoh. A camera that has become a part of my everyday now.
No matter what I write here about Eric Kim is going to fall short of the man he is. Be warned this is going to be one blatantly biased post but also a very truthful one. Very blessed having met Eric Kim and even more to have his friendship.
In the history of photography, Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was a peculiarly American phenomenon, but once you have seen her work, you will never forget it. Her photographs may be not priceless, but frequently they attract sums of more than $500,000 each.
Not only has it been an awesome year of learning but an even more amazing year of unlearning! Of learning to say 'no' and staying on course to my inner belief. But most of all I’ve met some enchanting souls that fill me with inspiration and strength.