- By Dwaipayan, 06 November 2020 | 6 MIN READ
They say a picture is worth a thousand words! The camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity. In just one-eighth of a second, the enormity of all the reflections in your lens becomes a decisive moment, to click at the moment to come up with a picture that never gonna come back again.
The world of photography is intriguing and arduous. While every one of us take photos to recollect the bygone; some revered photographers pursue it as a passion, as an art, as a career. These are the people who are sensitive to understand the rhythm of life and capture the depth of the various elements and feelings of life.
In this episode of Binspired we have with us prominent Landscape photographer Sathyaprasad Yachendra featured in many national newspapers and magazines long known for his love for mountains. His tryst with photography began in the 70’s when he shot the hills of Tirupati conspiring the rolls to do something much bigger in the future as he splashed across frames to host his first photo exhibition MANASA - Manassarover the “Journey of my heart” in 2004. However, the first major exhibition was “Mystic and Majesty” in 2007 and then with series of exhibitions that ran across India. In 2015 Sathyaprasad held solo exhibitions in Hyderabad and Pondicherry inspired by the name “Shangri la - the mystic landscape”, followed by solo exhibitions at Mumbai and Hyderabad in 2016 by name “Magic Light”- the mystic landscape. Sathyaprasad participated in around 30 group exhibitions across India.
Remarkably interesting names “The Mystic Landscape” “Shangri la” “Manasa” how did you come up with such enigmatic titles?
For the last 12 years, I’m not only traveling to the Himalayas but has also been capturing memories both in his mind and on the reel. As a child, my uncle and father encouraged me to take up photography, but then I got involved in cricket and photography took a backseat. It was only in 2004 when I went to Tibet that I found my love for the mountains.
Truth is stranger than fiction, the Himalayas is a place of beauty, tranquillity, and eccentricity, I had all the experiences in the lap of the Himalayas. A mix-bag of tales! Many obnoxious situations. One was particularly a scary moment during a trek near Nepal when we lost our way and night fell. Back then, there was turmoil in the country and there was a lot of Maoist trouble. Finally, we found our way to a village, but we didn’t know that there was a curfew imposed. The army personnel had shoot-at-sight-orders and we were lucky that they first asked who we were. In another freak incident, we lost control of the car we were traveling in. Luckily, the car skidded towards the mountain and not off it, or we would have plunged to a depth of over 3,000 feet. The Landscape has all of it; play of lights, unrivalled conditions, and much more. The intensity, the wisdom of the Himalayas is beyond comprehension, it's mystical! The names of the exhibitions given are pure reflections of an enigmatic Himalayas !
What is your advice to individuals who wants to pursue a career in photography?
If you are just starting in photography and you don't know where to begin, or perhaps you have been taking pictures with your camera for a while and want to improve your shooting skills, the first lessons would be to learn exposure to capturing a great image. Learning how exposure works will help you to take control of your camera and take better photos. Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are the elements that combine to create an exposure. The camera is just a camera, learn about exposure, composition, take your time, play with lights, and be creative. Make sure you fiddle around with the camera, you should be composing your shot or studying your subject. The beauty of photography is that it has a certain urgency associated with it. No photo gets taken without the need for it. The moment comes, you have your camera, and you decide to press on the shutter release. That’s the nature of photography. If you want to stand out from the crowd, I recommend joining an online photography class or try making a mentor. You can also get involved with various photographer groups and learn all the goodies of photography.
Browse the gallery to experience the mighty Himalayas in its true and most vibrant colors. Photos by Saythaprasad Yachendra
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