Amit Mehra: Lessons from my Favourite Photographer
One of my greatest influences since the past few years has been the work of Nadav Kander. Whether he is shooting stark landscapes or portraits, there is a simplicity and tranquillity that goes beyond subject and genre, until the point where the photograph is not just about the photographed, but also the photographer.
In this otherwise chaotic world of imagery, when I see Nadav’s work, I feel a sense of quietude, a sense of peace and thairaav. While I have always admired his work, I have personally gravitated towards it only in the past two or three years, coincidentally, around the same time when I started shooting with my cellphone. For me, his work defines the state of mind when on doesn’t have any intention of reaching a set destination… it is simply photography for the joy of it.
Kander’s vision and thoughts, of course, are very different, as opposed to my other favourite, Raghubir Singh, who influenced me ever since I started photography. Inspiration and influences for any creative individual are always vital. There can be times when one’s work starts to look similar, but that’s a fine line one always has to dance through. If one’s influences are multiple and varied, the crossover of vision will bring us to the fore.
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, January 2015