All posts tagged: Photographer

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Living The Photographic Dream : Vitoto Sakhrie | Photographer | Nagaland

  “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps you moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” – Martin Luther King Vitoto Sakhrie is a man with many strings to his bow. He is a self-taught creative graphic designer, serves at his local church, and is now somebody who counts photography as one of his biggest interests – particularly since he rekindled a dead but intense childhood dream from a decade ago. Tell us a bit about yourself. I was born and brought up in Kohima in a big family. So big that people often recognize us by just our ‘serial number’ among the kids. I am the 9th oldest kid in the family and am 35 years old. I am currently working as a graphic designer in our church at Kohima and just started work as a freelance photographer Is photography your full-time occupation? I am a full-time church worker. I love my …

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Discovering a New Love for Bird Watching | Ramthansiama Chawngthu, Aizawl, Mizoram

  Bird personalities vary from species to species and are always fascinating to observe. After years of work in the domain, hobby photographer Ramthansiama Chawngthu who is a banker by the day, took to Instagram to chronicle the rekindling of his appreciation and passion for birds. Bird watching is a rare hobby and one that requires boundless patience. There is also the intellectual challenge of trying to figure out what their orders or families are and recognizing them. “It’s not just passively sitting there and having a beautiful image thrown at you. You have to work at it,” said Chawngthu in a brief chat with the Roots & Leisure team. Tell us a bit about your work. I’m Ramthansiama Chawngthu from Aizawl, Mizoram. I work as a banker by the day and pursue nature photography as a hobbyist. I have a deep passion for bird watching and travel intensively across the northeastern India to shoot birds. Most of my photos, however, are shot on the outskirts of the city of Aizawl. I have found some really rare birds in …

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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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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. …

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Na Lemtur – Nagaland’s Hottest Fashion Photographer Right Now

We chatted up Temsuna Lemtur (aka Na Lemtur) who is currently creating rifts in Dimapur, Nagaland with her fashion photography. Lemtur decided to gain a better insight into photography after leaving Delhi, where she worked as a freelancer for a while. Almost at the same time her younger brother Moanungsang Lemtur aka Shinobi (who we covered a short while ago) was finding a footing in the creative design arena. #ArtistSiblings for the win! Na Lemtur’s creative journey since then has taken her places and to newer heights. Here’s presenting the pretty and very talented, Na Lemtur. Why did you choose photography as a career option? Photography just happened to me and I went with the flow. There definitely wasn’t a “eureka” moment as such but my interest in photography developed alongside my growing interest in fashion. I began it as a hobby with a Yashica compact digital camera and I remember being fascinated by a photograph’s capacity to suggest my subjects’ personality and bring out the life within them for everyone to view. That’s how I …

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Photography by Weku Kapfo

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. Emotions like sadness, happiness, loneliness . .  . are a daily affair but we cannot always express them. Meet Weku Kapfo, who has a knack for capturing the beauty of day to day affairs. His photographs are very honest and pure. Look at his photographs and you will instantly feel the emotions echoing through the image – be it a lone tree or a happily married couple.   Kapfo has a degree in Psychology and now he is pursuing photography full time. A photo posted by Weku Kapfo (@kapfo_visualarts) on May 6, 2016 at 7:05am PDT Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, talks about having to choose between two roads without knowing what lies ahead of it. Kapfo’s journey to achieve what he has today teaches us something similar – that there may be times when we take a few wrong turns but it’s never too late to turn back and follow what you love. Say hi to Weku Kapfo. Tell us a bit about yourself. Well, I …

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Wedding Photographers from Nagaland | J&I Studio

The generation that we are today is full of misplaced people –  an engineer who loved painting, a doctor who wanted to write travelling the world, a government servant who was a brilliant singer back in school. No wonder we live in a place where most people are not happy with their jobs : wrong people  – wrong jobs – passionless people. While many of us want a change , only an exceptional few actually go ahead and pursue their passion. Not only are these people truly passionate but also brave – brave enough to have taken on a journey where nothing is certain. In the end these are the fortunate ones who arrive at a place where they are not only happy, but also get the chance to make an impact – and live a much more meaningful life. I caught up with two passionate and super talented individuals – John and Iliangna, co-founders of J&I (Photography) Studio in Dimapur, Nagaland. What made you decide on starting the studio? We were both shooting professionally on our own as …

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Photography|Meet Awono Ezung

Meet Awono – she calls herself an old homebody. Living in Chumukedima in Dimapur , working as a photographer and as a pet caretaker. She has worked for events, weddings, clothing labels etc. We met up with her last weekend over tea and after much discussion, we noticed a huge bulk of her personal work sitting precariously on the laptop and an old photo case. Just a tad bit too shy but finally she agreed for an interview with Roots & Leisure. YAY! I’m kind of in-between being a professional and a hobbyist. R & L : What is your style of photography? Awono : I am more into portraiture and prefer  working  in natural light.I like taking pictures of friends and my sister. They understand how I work so it’s a little less headache for me. I still shoot with films (analog). I would love work with films as much as possible but these days it’s not easy finding film rolls in Nagaland. And there is probably only a handful of shops that develop them. Of course, there are …