“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo
True that there can be enough inspiration in the natural world that surrounds us, and in the people we encounter in our daily lives. But what if we’d wish to create a differently coloured reality of our world? Today we have photographer who can show us how it’s done – to be able to create our own version of the world, where everything is high definition, and with every small detail illuminated. Meet the creative and spirited Akum Jamir from Nagaland. Let’s get to know him more.
We chat with Akum Jamir – talented portrait and wedding Photographer from Nagaland, to know more about him, his work and creative influences.
Akum Jamir – Portrait Photographer (Nagaland)
Hello Akum. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Akum Jamir. I’m a freelance photographer based out of Dimapur, Nagaland. I started this journey as a wedding photographer around 4 years ago, and till date, I have done about 100 weddings in and around Nagaland.
“These days I am experimenting with portrait photography which has enticed me of late, as I can use this format to capture simple things which we often ignore as insignificant.”
Model: Tongpang (@anishi_man) with his dog | Photograph by Akum Jamir
What got you interested in photography?
I really don’t have an ‘Aha!’ moment like many artists do. For me, it all started with the basic reel camera and then onward. I started this journey with a quest to quench my thirst for taking pictures, and today I am here giving this interview with Roots & Leisure, which could open more doors and new opportunities 😉
Are you into photography full-time? How has it been as a full-time career?
Yes, I have decided to take up photography full time as my profession. To be honest, though, I almost gave up at one point but then, just like you see in the movies, I had an intervention. After a number of thoughtful nights, I took my camera back and started shooting. I now have a newfound love for photography. I also have future plans to start my own mini business but photography will always be my main passion.
What’s your creative philosophy?
My motive behind pursuing this skill is simple and elementary. The pictures I capture have less storytelling and more of an artistic representation of the subject. My influences, just to name a few are Jason Lanier, Brandon Woelfel, Luizclas.
Model: Eva | Photography by Akum Jamir
How has your upbringing and family roots supported your work?
It was my dad who gave me the initial push into photography. He has always supported me, and in fact, I clearly remember the day he brought me my first DSLR camera. It was a big day for me 🙂
What keeps you inspired and excited about shooting and clicking photographs?
The fact that I get to create and save memories that are virtual and that I get to immortalize a moment is what I love. And most importantly the joy on the faces of the clients after they see their pictures is what gives me the rush to pursue photography.
What do you hope people take away from your photographs?
I would want people to be honest and appreciate the work I do. I always seek one piece of constructive and meaningful criticism rather than some fake praise. That one comment gives me the determination to go further and helps me to try to excel and be better at my work.
“I like to photograph people before they know what their best angles are.” Portrait by Akum Jamir
Model: Sentinaro | Photography by Akum Jamir
Wedding Photography by Akum Jamir
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