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nostalgia ~ 2×2 Brothers!

Just like any craft, photography is fun too. While in this DSLR age, anybody who can afford a camera can start their photog journey with the help of a multitude of online courses & ‘how to’ visual guides, in the good ol’ days of film SLR, every trick of the trade was learned by trial & error. Until the film is developed & printed (Swamy used to always print two sets of pretty much every film roll, so one of them could be sent back to his parents & younger brothers in Madurai), it’s practically impossible to know the result of any experiment. 

The models in this pic are Swamy‘s youngest brothers Prasanna (@prachastudios) & Bhaskar. Yep, just the two of them, twice over, in the same frame. No digital editing (which can simply be done on a smartphone these days) & no other gimmick, other than using a filter (screwed on the lens) to expose the same film twice. The outcome depends heavily on stability of the camera (tripod & remote shutter release are a must), the background (key is to find a point of merger – of the two parts) & of course, Lighting. 

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy 

nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series for old time(r)s’ sake. 

nostalgia ~ Chiselled with Light!

nostalgia ~ Chiselled with Light!

Photography is all about light. Being a nature / landscape photographer, Swamy rarely takes portraits of fellow humans (unlike his younger brother in this pic – on the right – who is passionately into Portrait photography). But during the learning years, like any keen learner, he would hardly miss an opportunity to frame any subject, Chiselled with Light. 

The two cute kids in the pic are Swamy‘s younger brothers Bhaskar (#5, an eligible bachelor) & Prasanna (#4, the pro Portrait photog of Pracha Studios). They’re naturally lit by the evening sunlight, flowing through the twin windows in the hall (at the home where Swamy lived during his graduation & early work years).

Though the brothers obviously enjoyed getting photographed by their big brother (Swamy is the eldest of 5 brothers), they must’ve really been wondering as to why they’re looking away from the camera instead of looking at it!

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy


nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series, for old time(r)s’ sake 

Nostalgia ~ Studio Portraits in the ’70s

Everybody’s a photog today. Even if they don’t have a sophisticated DSLR or compact camera, they’re always armed with the ubiquitous Smartphone, which lets them shoot for (& share… like crazy) Warhol’s Millennial version of fame – 15 seconds! 

But there used to be a time, when families went to studios, to get memorable portraits of individuals & families made (the rich got the studio to visit their home – they probably still do), which will invariably be framed like this one & preserved for generations. 

The immortal souls in this pic, taken most probably in the small South Indian town of Dindigul, in the ’70s, are Swamy aka @PrakashSwamy & his bro #2 (of 5) Ravi Ramaswamy, who is two years younger. Swamy Sr. might even recall the name of the studio & the photog, when he sees this wonderfully lit pic, though Swamy’s pro photog bro Prasanna Ramaswamy of Pracha Studios (#4 of 5) may’ve an opinion or two about the composition. 

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series, for old time(r)s’ sake 

The Moment!

Photography is all about capturing a fleeting moment, i.e., slice of Life, that can be seen, remembered & cherished forever. Here are a few examples of such moments captured by Swamy, over years!

Play1. Swamy Jr., aka, Akash. PC. Iyer, reacting to his sand castle being washed away by a wave. This fleeting moment of the would be GrandMaster (he’s a professional Chess player of some repute) is that of pure joy, marveling at the wave’s magnificence instead of ruing the demolition of his sand creation!

Mother2. Whenever Swamy accompanies Jr. for tournaments, there’ll be ample time in hand during rounds that Swamy typically uses to read or observe + capture precious moments of Life. Here’s one such when a puppy kept suckling at its mom, who despite being in a hurry, kept stalling its movement time and again for its baby to get nourished.

Curiosity3. Swamy’s younger daughter Maggy – a German Spitz – is one utterly fearless and absolutely curious being. Among the umpteen amusing things she does – including but not limited to jumping on and resting on the dining table – the most enchanting one is peeping through the balcony, marveling at all and sundry around SwamyHome!

Monk_and_Cats4. During the trip to Sri Lanka, along with Swamy Jr. for Asian Chess Championship, Swamy used to roam around the quaint little seaside town of Hikkaduwa on a daily basis. He found this young Buddhist monk in a nearby Buddha Vihara, i.e., monastery (Buddhism, which originated in India is, widely practiced in nearby Sri Lanka) and connected with him talking about everything from the ethnic conflict to tsunami to the frugal & regulated Life of a monk to his aspiration to visit Bodh Gaya (where Gautama, the Buddha’s enlightenment happened – a must visit sacred place for Buddhists) someday. Among the many beings that have been cared for in the monastery were a few kittens (there were also rabbits, dogs, monkeys, cows and a variety of birds) and those tiny little beings (the pencil & key chain on the floor should give an idea about how tiny) weren’t shy about snuggling up to the young monk! Interestingly, the monastery also had a shrine for popular Tamizh God Lord Muruga (also known as Karthikeya, Subrahmanya, Skanda, Kumara, etc.), the younger son of Adiyogi Lord Shiva & Devi Parvati, who’s known and worshiped as Kathirgama (pronounced like Katheragama in Sinhalese) in Sri Lanka – by ethnic minority Tamizh people, majority Sinhalese & tribal Veddars.

Swamygraphy – an eye opener!

Swamygraphy = [Prakash]Swamy + [photo]graphy.

This isn’t another photography blog about technicalities and nuances of this enchanting craft, which is best left to the masters. There have been and are so many of them and many share their knowledge through various media for eager and willing learners. Google returned about 5,41,00,000 results in 0.60 seconds for ‘Photography lessons + Free’!

Swamygraphy is an eclectic mix of enticing photos and enchanting tales by @PrakashSwamy, a blogger and author who also happens to be a photographer. Swamy got enticed (& inevitably encompassed) by this marvelous craft during film SLR era (Millennials’ only hope of knowing about those devices are Google, Books & good ol’ photographers like yours truly ;)) and continues to dabble with it as a serious amateur till date, with the equipment varying from now extinct film SLRs to compact digital cams to digital SLRs to smartphones toting SLR rivaling megapixel cams.

Kailash

Good photography isn’t about the craftsman, i.e., photographer or the equipment [s]he uses.

Good photography is about capturing a fleeting moment of Life, so precisely that it connects instantly with anyone who eyes it.

A good photograph inevitably makes an emotional connect with the viewer by teleporting him/her to that precious moment and place in time and gets etched in memory forever.

A good photography will tug at the heartstrings and brings out a sliver of a smile, drop of tear or frown in the brow from the viewer.

Things like lighting, composition, etc. are talked about a lot at length, but they only enhance and elevate a good photograph.

Great photography is taking good photographs consistently and repeatedly.

SwamygrapherSo, keeping that KISS (no not that you wet dreamer – it’s just the abbreviation of Keep It Simple Stupid :O) principle about photography in mind, let’s get started on this enchanting Swamygraphy journey and view good photographs, hear enchanting tales and cherish those precious moments of Life, captured by @PrakashSwamy!

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