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Catching Up with Biak Hauzel | Wedding Photographer from Manipur

Earlier, it was not everyday that we stumbled across accomplished people often who followed their passions over 9 to 5 professions and achieved greater heights in the same. But today, the scenario is completely different, as we see more and more people opting out to make off-beat career choices over regular jobs. It is all the more surprising to know that they had no prior intentions, ambitions or whatsoever to take up their current choices and had only landed there by pure accident. We caught up with one such individual from Manipur, Biak Hauzel, who took up wedding photography as his career choice years back and has been creating a rage ever since! Hi Biak! Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Imphal, Manipur. I finished my high school and then moved on to pursue my BA at the St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science in Bangalore. To be honest, it’s been only 3 years since I’ve taken up wedding and event photography for a full-time profession and I …

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Vevozo Vero | Wedding Photographer from Nagaland

Continuing with our wedding photograhy series, today we catch up with Vevozo Vero, a wedding photographer from Kohima, Nagaland who has a passion for immortalising life’s moments through a lens. Let’s watch him getting candid and know what inspired him to venture into the wedding genre! Hey Vevozo! Tell us something about yourself. I’m from Phusachodu village under Phek district and now settled in Kohima. Back in the  day as a kid, I always admire people with camera (Digital Reel Camera) so I have always dreamt of having one of my own someday. Back in 2011,  I bought my first DSLR Canon 550D and then  started capturing everything around me. My journey as a photographer  began after I completed my Masters in Mass communication and Media Studies at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore back in 2013 though my specialization was in broadcast communication. I am a Freelance Photographer,  but also worked at Doordarshan Kendra Kohima (DD) as casual assignee (Post Production Assistant). I’m more into wedding photography but also shoot anything that attracts me. Apart from being a photographer, I also …

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Capturing The Unique Story of Two Souls | Photographer Manoj Sagolsem

Returning with the follow-up series of wedding photographers, today we feature another passionate photographer from Manipur who took years to pursue his passion, constantly on the path of learning, now stands as an inspiration. Wedding photography being one among his photo genres, he believes wedding is an unique story of two people and is delighted to have the opportunity to capture it. Born in Wangoi, Imphal and educated at St. Anthony’s School Shillong, Manoj Sagolsem graduated from Delhi University and went on to work in a corporate company for eight years in the capital until one day he decided to drop everything for the passion of photography and move to Dimapur. Abstract expressions on faces and abstract emotions in the soul attract and inspire this photographer to document and compile his images. When did you start taking pictures?  One fine day I decided quit my job all for the sake of my passion for photography. It wasn’t an easy thing to do.  My family and friends thought I was insane. At one point, I had …

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I Saved Up To Buy My First Camera | Wedding Photographer – Thangminlun Tonsing

Thangminlun Tonsing is a self trained wedding photographer from Lamka, Churachandpur, Manipur. When he realized that he was stuck in a boring job where he saw no future, he saved up and bought a camera and thus began his journey. He has made endless pursuance of techniques and education in the field to perfect his art – and continues to do so passionately. Hi Thangminlun! Tell us something about your interest for photography. How did it all start? I vividly recall the time when I was working at a call centre and couldn’t afford a DSLR. So I decided on starting to save a little and meanwhile played around with a Sony cybershot camera and experimenting. Later, when the interest in grew,  I decided to take it to a little serious level, and purchased a bridge camera with my savings. It was a Fuji film S2950. That was the day, I started capturing almost everything around me. The excitement of being able to frame moments and expressions into something that was real but created by …

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Cosplay is a Serious Game for These Indian Cosplayers from Nagaland

Folks here’s an update on yet another Cosplay event organized by the Nagaland Anime Junkies. Some people say it’s just a fad but the passion of the organizers and the participants alike, seem to show otherwise. Let’s watch and see what comes out of this interesting (literal) cultural play, but for now let us enjoy the elaborate dress-ups and the performances by the cosplayers. Here is a glimpse of what went down at NAJ (Nagaland Anime Junkies) Cosfest 2017, that was held in Kohima, Nagaland. Cosplayer Lanujungshila Imchen, as 2B Nier from Automata Cosplayer Kevitshetuo Sekhose as Joker from Suicide Squad. Cosplayer Grace Soukhrie as Sona from League of Legends Cosplayer Ayim as Raiden, Jack the Ripper from the game, Metal Gear Rising – Revengeance Cosplayer Ayim as Monokuma from the videogame,  DanganRonpa Photo Courtesy : HOPONG CHANG – official photographer for NAJ COSFEST 2017 South east Asian cultures, especially those of Japan and Korea, have an unmissable influence in shaping the pop-culture in Nagaland. The way the dress, the art forms used to express themselves, the food they …

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Capturing Intimacy through Photographs | Artist and Photographer, Saint Kamei

In this world of Instagram and Facebook, we often come across many talented photographers. However, the best part is that, each discovery is unique – with it’s own special story. So when we came across Saint Kamei, we were instantly drawn to the way he uses light to capture intimate moments. His keen sense of storytelling, portraiture, landscape, and love for the outdoors – makes his photographs special. Tell us a bit about yourself. I was born in a tiny mountain town called Leimatak where my dad was posted by the NHPC (National Hydro Power Corporation). I grew up in another beautiful Naga village in the foothills of Manipur called Thenjang overlooking the beautiful Loktak Lake. My love for the outdoors and hiking began there. I also lived in Bangalore and Delhi for a short while before moving back home. I now divide my time living at Imphal and Delhi as I juggle between writing and photography projects. I have been blessed to be a part of a family that loves art. I have a lot of …

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Meet This Talented 18 Year Old Freestyle Photographer from Manipur | Goutam Raj Thoudam

  By capturing tiny specks of time and space and holding them still within his frame, a great photographer helps us explore the totality of our world, such that we never see it in the same way again. Thanks to picture-heavy sites like Instagram, today photography has become a global racket of freeze-frames. Millions of pictures are created every second and everyone enjoys being a subject. One cannot help but wonder, how, in this quasi-egalitarian world of millions of images, do today’s photographers continue to stand out. Hobbyist photographer Goutam Raj doesn’t find it difficult at all! Say hi to 18 year old freestyle photographer, Goutam Raj Thoudam from Imphal, Manipur. Currently a student in 12th standard, this kid is passionate about photography and has already gathered admirers from across the borders. How did photography turn into a serious hobby for you? I got interested in photography about four years ago. My dad bought a Canon 60D camera for his use. The camera sparked an interest in me and I couldn’t resist trying my hands at it. …

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Portraits and Weddings | Photographer Atsen Murry of Pixel Stories, Shares His Story.

Though a lot of photographers seek to bring a soft touch to weddings through their work, Atsen Murry takes his clients’ most celebrated moments to another level. Very few artists provide quite the insider’s view through photos as beautifully as Atsen Murry – the photographer behind ‘Pixel Stories’. Murry’s Pixel Stories is a collection of photographs of ordinary people looking extraordinarily beautiful. Given his popularity, we wanted to learn more about the technique that makes it happen. Thankfully, we recently had the opportunity to ask Atsen a few questions about his work and what makes him tick. How did photography happen to you? I spent the first 15 years of my life in Nagaland. I have always had the bent of mind and cravings of an artist. In the beginning, I found a creative outlet in music, especially in composing tunes. I am still into compositions – sometimes with musical notes, and at other times with light. I did try out some conventional pursuits because of social pressure, like getting done with my pre-university degree in science from …

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Suraj Nongmaithem: Connecting People through Photography

It is so fascinating to see people who showcase sheer brilliance with different forms of art. Be it music, dance, writing or photography, each artform is a powerful tool to either express yourself or simply explore society and more specifically, its people. Meet Suraj Nongmaithem from Manipur, who is working as a design consultant in Singapore. He reached out to R&L, and we were more than happy to know more about him. His work takes inspiration from a mix of cultures – and at the same time, aspires to find a common thread that runs across each one of us – irrespective of where we come from. Hi Suraj, tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m originally from Manipur, but I’ve lived all across India, thanks to my dad who’s with the Indian Armed Force. I am currently working as a design consultant for a company in Singapore. I plan to do my masters in photography from a fine arts college in Europe (currently awaiting an acceptance letter). I have also freelanced for Rolling Stones India. How …

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Meet Abhilash Baishya – 20 Year old Photographer from Assam

Photography. Is it an art or a science? I guess most would agree that it is a bit of both. Taking a good photograph involves a lot of technical skills and knowing your instrument. It is indeed a subject of science. But more young people are taking up photography with ever-growing zeal, using it as a medium to express their creativity through the camera lens. Whether it is about evoking an emotion in one’s audience, conveying a message, or capturing the essence of a place, person or a thing, photography has come a long way to evolve into a form of self-expression for many. We at R&L continuously strive to reach out to people who are passionately involved in bringing out the art of the sciences. Photography is one such art that does it beautifully. Meet Abhilash Baishya from Assam –  a 20 year-old photographer cum filmmaker, who is ardently using photography to capture memories of people, places, emotions and adventures among other things. Baishya likes clicking evocative photos and creating informative travel videos and vlogs on YouTube. …