Shooting Award-Winning Images at Home!
This article was originally published in February 2010.
Creating art through seemingly mundane subjects at home is not as easy as it seems. Delhi-based photography enthusiast Sarika Dandona not only enjoys doing the same, but has also earned a fair amount of appreciation for her skills. She recently won eight International Aperture Awards—one Silver and seven Bronze in the Abstract/Illustrative category (Amateur). The International Aperture Awards is an extremely prestigious, international online photography competition.
Sarika has always enjoyed experimenting with form and colour while shooting indoors. Glass is one of her favourite subjects to shoot, and the image below that won her the Silver Award is an abstract of a glass vase. She started shooting two years ago, and her interest grew after she started going out on photowalks with DFC, a Delhi-based photography club.
Sarika comments that winning the awards was completely unexpected as she had uploaded her entries at the very last minute, without giving them much thought. “When my mother found out that I had won eight awards, she joked that I might have been the only contestant!” says Sarika. She also admits that the multiple awards do wonders for her confidence, especially after the recognition she had received in the Px3 competition last year.
-Written by Raj Lalwani