Amit Mehra: A Matter of Choices
Photography, like life, is always about choices. When should one click the shutter? How should one frame the image? What kind of light should one look out for? Should I include a secondary element with my main subject? Another obvious choice, for me, especially of late, is whether I should use my phone or my ‘camera’, whether I should shoot in B&W in the app I enjoy, or see the subject in colour through an actual viewfinder. Digital allows us the luxury of afterthought, but I have always tried to previsualise the frame… that discipline of analogue can do wonders when we shoot with our modern-day, high-tech cameras and phones. I enjoyed shooting this because of my love for architecture. The geometrical formations of light in the foreground make the image for me. The subject itself is conventional, as compared to the quieter moments I have shared in previous columns.
But then, that has been my effort ever since I started shooting, and till date—to never get stuck to a certain kind of photography. Vision should not have categories, I believe, as this can make art monotonous. It’s when one allows oneself to be immersed into different disciplines and genres that photography becomes truly rewarding.
Constantly trying to walk on a tightrope between commercial and documentary photography, Amit describes himself saying, “I’m like an octopus who likes to deal with different things at the same time. You can call me a schizophrenic photographer.” The moments in this monthly diary are excerpts from his ongoing work titled ‘Roznaama’.Tags: Amit Mehra, Cellphone Diaries, cellphone photography, Octiber 2014