“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” ~ Vincent van Gogh. Full-time student and hobby photographer Parth Konwar from Assam literally takes these words to heart as he enthralls us with his artworks, which are mostly a representation of nature at it’s best as captured through his lenses.
We are happy to feature Parth Konwar, a young student and photographer from Jorhat, Assam with a fabulous and artistic eye for landscape photography. He talks to us about his passion for the art, how his new found love for drone photography came about, and how nature and his hometown has always inspired him.
Hi Parth, welcome to R&L! Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from and what you’ve been up to.
I’m Parth Konwar and I’m a student and photographer currently based in New Delhi. I was born in Jorhat and my family shifted to Guwahati around 4 years ago. I did my Graduation in Energy Engineering from Shillong and moved to Delhi around the end of August this year (2018) for my internship at TERI (The Energy and Research Institute) and to take my GRE classes.
Parth Konwar chilling with his pet at home in Gauhati
What initially sparked your interest in photography?
It was 2015, and the music festival Nh7 Weekender was happening in Shillong for the first time. My cousin sister and her husband, who is a photographer based in the US, were visiting Guwahati for some project he had undertaken and had bought his cameras with him. I was just going through them and he taught me a few things about operating the camera and surprisingly, gave it to me to keep. It was my first ever camera and I still have it with me.
As a kid I was fascinated by the various landscapes and elements of nature; and now with a camera in hand, I started exploring photography. That’s how the journey started for me.
“Remember being a kid and for the first time watching the mountains, the waterfall, the ocean, the beach, the first snow, the different landscapes, different places with awe? I’m still that kid who looks at everything the same way.”
Spectacular view of Meghalaya shot on drone by Parth.
How have your roots and upbringing influenced your style of work?
“I was born in a small town called Jorhat in Assam. It’s almost a big city now. Growing up, the mighty Brahmaputra was a few kilometers away from my house, so I used to sit on the banks of the river when I was in college. From my house, I could see the mountains of Nagaland and tea gardens all around me.
During my childhood, I was hardly exposed to the city life (landscape) and looking back I guess that’s where I get my love for nature. I think I’m most comfortable when I’m around lush green landscapes and mountains.”
Aerial shot of Jorhat, Assam – Parth’s hometown.
Parth Konwar enjoying the view in Laitlum in Meghalaya
What do you do full-time? If part-time, how do you manage?
I’m currently a full-time student doing my internship and going for my classes at TERI. So my routine changes as I’m trying to adapt to life in the city.
What’s your creative and work philosophy? Where do you take inspiration from?
“My family and I try to take inspiration from every single person we meet… mostly kids because I believe they always have a different view of the world.”
“A bond for a lifetime” captured by Parth Konwar
“Innocence” captured by Parth Konwar
What do you hope people take away from your photographs?
Everyone has their own taste and style and I belong to one of those millions. I hope people find some kind of meaning – that they can relate to, in my photographs. I’m still learning and I’m trying to get better with each shot. My goal is just to embrace and soak in everything along this journey – and make it worthwhile.
What gets you particularly excited about pursuing photography?
“I recently shifted to drone photography and every time I go for a road trip or to a new place I get really excited because I get to play around with new perspectives. I am always looking forward to how nature is going to surprise me!”
Meghalaya’s winding roads and waterfalls | Drone Photography by Parth Konwar
Silent beauty of the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong | Drone Photography by Parth Konwar
Breathtaking Surroundings of Cafe Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya| Drone Photography by Parth Konwar
Night Scene of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong | Drone Photography by Parth Konwar
To see more of Parth’s awespiring aerial shots, make sure you follow him on Instagram
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