Rajen Nair is a freelance photojournalist and writer having his pictures published in Guardian Weekly UK, Huffington Post Usa, Indian newspaper DNA and Tehelka. Currently he is involved in teaching photography art of deaf students in Mumbai, India. It was a real pleasure for us to take an interview with Rajen Nair and to learn more about his creative life. We were pleased to talk to Rajen and we hope you will enjoy reading the exclusive interview and enjoy viewing of Rajen Nair photography at AstrumPeople.
AP: Rajen, happy to see you here and I’m glad that you found some free time to share some information about your photography. So let’s begin our journey. Could you please tell me what got you started?
Rajen: I became a photographer by default. After I completely lost hearing from one side and was affected by Tinnitus, I had to give up my business and had to fall back on my skills in writing. Later I studied photography to complement my writing. I am influenced by such photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson, René Burri, Robert Capa, Steve McCurry and Raghu Rai.
AP: That is so great that you are inspired by all of those professional photographers. By the way, do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?
Rajen: I’ve got a diploma in journalism as well as basic course in photography, but mostly I am self-taught by constant practicing, taking pictures and learning from trials and errors.
AP: I agree with you that is very important to hone skills. And what genre are your photos?
Rajen: I am in to photojournalism and I like to be involved in photo documentary of social issues, events, festivals, places, people and etc. I have done photo documentary on Indian tribal, Malnutrition children and Mumbai Slums.
AP: Wow, that’s amazing! I am sure that your photos are very popular. How would you describe your images?
Rajen: I work with subjects which have social relevance, highlighting people and society’s problems and try offer solutions through my photography.
AP: I think it’s a good approach, Rajen. You give tips to people and let them see and think about their current lives. What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to take your pictures?
Rajen: I have a DSLR Nikon D-90, lens 18-135 mm, 50 mm prime lens. Lately I used my cell phone camera. I shoot only in RAW format and use simple techniques that day to day photography teaches me.
AP: Which artists do you use for reference?
Rajen: No one in particular, but try to convey my story in my own simple and artistic form.
AP: What is the formula for success in your activity?
Rajen: I have my own website; use social networking like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn. I take part in very few contests and exhibitions, but try to reach out to my audience through social networking.
AP: Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Rajen: I draw support mainly from my own inner satisfaction and from my FB, Twitter, LinkedIn pals.
AP: Would you like to wish something to your readers?
Rajen: To budding photographers, be devoted to your passion, keeping clicking photos, learn from your mistakes, be patient and that is how you evolve as a photographer.
We’d like to thank Rajen Nair for his amazing story about photography and we wish him continued success, inspiration and more amazing images. To learn more about Rajen Nair photography feel free to visit his website of Flickr page. If you’ve got any comments feel free to leave them in our comments section.
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