An engineer at IBM, Narayanan was going through the motions but her heart was not in the bits and bytes of it.
“Looking at photography in the National Geographic, admiring Steve McCurry’s work (who shot the famous picture of the “Afghan Girl”), and playing around with my point and shoot was my way of relieving work stress,” she says.
Intrigued by the complexity and creativity of photography as an art form, Narayanan quit her lucrative job five years ago to follow her passion.
She moved to the United States and enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography.
“The world that rotates around you carries with it such instances that happen in a span of a few seconds, but carry with it a flavor that lingers in your mind forever,” she says on her blog. “Snapshots of life, wildlife and the world around that either puts that little smile on your lips or makes you sit back and introspect. There is a joy remnant in those moments when you see them through the eyes of the lens. And it is such moments that I intend to capture.”
An up-and-coming photographer, Narayanan has a simplicity about her that is reflected in her photographs.
Be it the back of a girl’s shoes, a single drop of water dripping from the tap, or a Sumatran orangutan lazily chewing on some grass, Narayanan’s lens captures the moment with amazing deft.
She learns while she clicks and with every picture she takes, she becomes a better photographer.
Here are some tips Narayanan would like to share with you budding shutterbugs:
- Beauty lies in the eyes of the photographer. With a creative composition – the angle, the lighting, the placement of the subject, the depth of field – you can make commonplace things like a pen or a fork convey strong messages.
- Focus the viewer’s attention. Keep the focus on the subject by eliminating a non-essential or distracting background that might compete for the viewer’s attention.
- Try out different camera settings manually which will give you more control over the composition. (It will also help you understand how your camera works).
- Choose a good time. Early mornings and late afternoons are usually the most suitable for all kinds of photography. Mid-day sun throws harsh shadows which might ruin the image.
- Observe other people’s artistry. This is something which has helped me immensely and continues to teach me new things every day. Observe great photographs and analyze what the subject and the composition convey. You’ll be surprised at how much such an exercise can reveal and educate.
I hope you will enjoy meandering through Narayanan’s collection of photographs and encourage her to keep up the good work.
She also has another blog where she showcases her artwork. Do stop by.