Tag Archives: Portrait

nostalgia ~ Before Selfie!


Before the Smartphones came into existence…

Before the love-hate phenomenon called Selfie was invented…

the only way to take a Selfie – individual or group (wonder what was it called then!) – is to set the timer of a camera, focus on the subjects (Mrs & Jr Swamy in this case, with space left on the right for Swamy), press the shutter, run like hell and take the place, pose and pray the focus didn’t change before the shot was taken! Now imagine doing this with a film camera :O

Anyway, this pre-Selfie era group selfie (is it Groupie!) was taken using a Canon Digital Point & Shoot camera (bought at a duty free shop in Changi airport, during one of Swamy’s business trips) whose resolution was…

hold your breath… and puhleeeze don’t laugh hysterically…

5 megapixels!

Though Mr & Mrs Swamy are posing with their megawatt smile, hoping to get the shot right (who knows how many iterations it took), Jr in the middle (must’ve been only a few months old) must’ve been really wondering “Why is Dad running and falling near me.. again & again.. when Mom is quietly lying down beside me, frowning & smiling, alternatively?”

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy series by Swamy 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 

Nostalgia! ~ Pixseries, for old time(r)s’ sake

“Nostalgia” 💭 ~ a new pixseries, looking back into enchanting slivers of time, through the Swamygraphy lens 📷 (did ya know Swamy used to be a serious amateur, who spent a fortune 💸on photography equipment 📸📹🎞 & even got fab ratings online👍, in the film SLR era👻, when platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, et al didn’t even exist 🤗 & even Google was relatively unknown as Yahoo was the King🔱) – not for reliving the past 📟📻📺(which is like willingly adding to the already humongous pile of karmA😒) but to let go of the long gone, yet still cherished, past, 👋 once & for all (umm.. twice, may be 😜)