Posts Tagged ‘photography’

In the era of 3 Idiots and Chetan Bhagat’s, peevee is too small a subject. In my honest opinion, for any artist, small or big, the major happiness lies in looking at his or her work being used, accomplished, commented, criticized but with a name tag, a simple copyright. Being in the advertising industry, i know the value of a copyright and a copyright violation.

Coming to the point, i always had a policy of sharing my images with any publication or media for FREE, only if they request me and if they can give me due credit. There are many instances, where i had bad time, when media prints images from my flickr account without my knowledge. In such situations, some friends figure out that its my image and keep a copy for me. The media which used my images without my permission, in the past includes Bangalore Mirror, Times of India and various other kannada papers and magazines.

But, I’m in a different situation since December 2009. I was chosen as the official photographer of TFN 2009 (Tour of Nilgiris 2009) through a contest. The traveler and photographer in me said quick yes for everything, including shoots planned pre-tour and post-tour. It was a great experience and an opportunity to be with so many big names in Bangalore for 8 days. Happiness is not the word. But, after day 1, when my pictures started are being published in papers without my name or a copyright, i was kinda pissed off and said what the hell. Day 2 is even bad, when DNA (one of the sponsors of TFN 09) wrote one of my images as file photo. I told myself that media works like that and will work like that forever. Then in media like Bangalore Mirror, Thejas and MyBangalore.com, my images were published without Photographers credit.

The latest addition to the list is a full page coverage on TFN 2009 in Ahmedabad Mirror, which published not 1 but 10 images without any photo credit. In my heart I felt happy that some of my images are on print, but, my head says, how will someone know that’s mine.

I had never sent any legal notice in the past, when someone used my images without permission, and will never send one. It’s a part of the game. All these wont stop me from shooting or uploading or sharing images.

Hoping for the best, As(S) an Artist.

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I guess I’m gonna be so very busy during this period. Ya… the plan goes like this…
1. Lot of work
2. Work related travel
3. Travel related photography
4. Photography related work
Its a cycle, which is keeping me busy for sometime now.

As of today.. here is my schedule.
WW 47 – Traveling to Kolkata. Ranchi. Dhanbad.
WW 48 – Traveling to Delhi.
WW 48 – Traveling to Kodai and Munnar.
WW 51 – May be traveling to Nilgiris.
WW 52 – May be Roaming in Nilgiris.
WW 53 – Have to go to Chennai.
Atleast for me, Travel is always like a better half. Just TRAVEL.
Will update. Watch this space for more.

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Yesterday it was an yet another BIG day for Selvaprakash L. He was one of the awardees of the Robert Bosch Art Grant 2009 for his new work on immigrant employees in Bangalore. Congrats Selva for this feather on your crown.

The main reason behind this post is not the Award for Selva, but, the venue of the event. I must confess that, i was scared when i looked at this space (JAAGA) from outside. It was looking like a tent, but, with lot of steel fittings and light and stage. It was a different SPACE all together, created with lot of creativity. There are 3 vertical levels, all made with steel, mesh and card boards with top and sides covered with tarpaulin and flex prints. I must appreciate Bosch for accepting to use this creative space for the event. Also, have to mention the artists from Attakkalari, for their amazing performance without fear. It was a good day for me as well, as i happen to meet some known faces including Clare Arni and Mrs.Pramila Prasad. We kinda left the place at around 10.00 after dinner.

Few images here….
selva with robert bosch art grant

hope on the wall

on the move

yes its a dance compo

watching wild

Rest.. go to this place.. and check for yourselves. Map

About Jaaga
Jaaga is a shared community space that could be assembled, disassembled and then re-assembled, anytime, anywhere. Jaaga is now a cross-community collaborative experimental effort. Archana Prasad – a visual artist, Freeman Murray – a creative technologist and Naresh Narasimhan – a creative architect, formed a core group towards gathering the resources for Jaaga to become a reality. More

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Just putting those random thoughts that came to my mind from the time just before i go to bed last night to the time i was in the loo this morning.. 🙂

1. Can’t i live without my mobile phone and laptop with connectivity?
2. Why will i refer wiki or google for my doubts? How will i know, all written in wiki are right?
3. Will i be able to write anything for a friends bday card, without referring internet?
4. Can i speak any language in its pure form without mixing with any other language?
5. How will i stop eating all junk, that i end up eating on the roadsides?
6. Will i be able to cycle to work every day, keeping my bike at home?
7. Facebook? Orkut? Twitter? Flickr? gmail? Am i addicted?
8. Photography? Good or Evil?
9. BWS? BPC? BSB? BPW? BTP? why do we need all these?
10. what happened to peevee, as he is thinking all these?

just thoughts.. nothing serious.

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I believe that was the busiest and a happening weekend ever in my life. The thirteenth and fourteenth of June two thousand and nine.

this is wat i did...

Tried putting a quadraptic image here. :0
1. A mini portrait shoot for a friend of mine at the Cubbons on Saturday Morning.
2. A dance Jugalbandi by Vyjyanthi kashi, a renowned Kuchipudi danseuse & Mantap prabhakar, a famous Yakshagana performer on Saturday Evening.
3. India’s First Duathlon organised by the Fuller Life, in association with TI Cycles, off Sarjapur Road at the Inventure Academy on Sunday Morning
4. Music show by a band called "Parachute XVI" at Alliance, as a part of the ongoing Fete De La Musique (The Music Festival in French) on Sunday Evening.

I take this opportunity to thank to all friends who called me and invited to the respective events at the exact time. :). Please do watch this space for more frames from these events.

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What a thought man…
This was taken from a gmail status message of a friend.
“Becoming a photographer is like becoming a prostitute, first you do it for fun, then for friends, then for money.”

You have freedom to share your views. Thanks.

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I started my day today at around 5.15am, as there was a mini photo shoot scheduled at Oberoi Hotels, MG Road. After a quick bath, I left home with Sarav (my temporary assistant for the shoot) and reached Oberoi, sharp at 7.00am. The light was good, the weather was damn cool and walking into the hotel with a bag and a tripod, reminded the Kasab’s posture at Mumbai.

In few minutes, after a brief intro session with Shalini (anita’s friend and an entrepreneur, owns a PR agency, incidentally she had worked with few of my clients and working with few of my clients on the PR front.), we started looking for the shoot locations in the hotel lawns, inside. The assignment was to shoot the Country Head of a Security Company, who was damn supportive and interesting to shoot. In a span of 25 minutes, i have clicked some 180 frames and shared the good ones to the client, over a cup of coffee in the hotel. Thanks Anita for the opportunity and Thanks Shalini for the Coffee.

I feel bad for my blunder, that i didn’t collect the Business Card from this Top Personality. :(. Learning from Mistakes/Experience?


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