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 me gave me the push in the right direction.
- What made you pick wedding photography as your genre from the lot?
Wedding photography works for me in many ways. The preparation, the ceremony, the flower girls and bridesmaids and groomsmen and of course, the post wedding photography arrays a lot of avenues to explore. The landscape offers a natural background so playing with colours and composition is a challenge that I really like to dive into. P.S. my handle is named after my son, Dindin.
- Where do you take your inspiration from?
I read up on photography and downloaded magazines, articles, works to study the detailed art of photography. I use to spent all of my free time indulging in anything related to photography and art.
The works of Caroline Tran, Joe Buissink, Susan Stripling and Jasmine Star speak volumes to me. It stands out and I am awed and inspired.
Now armoured with his weapon of choice (Nikon D610), Thangminlun Tonsing explores wedding scenes in Manipur, landscape, portrait and as cliched as it may seem, he says, its the candid captures that he loves most about being a shutterbug. The result of realness of certain moments and expressions are the elements which make him want to learn more and evolve as a photographer.
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