“Becoming a photographer can give you an entirely new perspective on everyday life. It has certainly played a major role in changing the mindsets of people around me.
I have excelled in my academics right from my childhood. I was also a Kuchipudi dancer. Due to a severe problem in my leg, I had no choice but to discontinue. I was very active in co-curricular activities like painting, crafting, and journaling, and I used to be the most excited person when it comes to art. It has become everything to me since then.
I used to click photos from my mom’s phone and thought to consider it a hobby. Little did I know there is a whole new path waiting for me and I opted for Mass Communication as my major because why studying for something which doesn’t interest you rather than something which does was my thought. But my mom didn’t like the idea of me pursuing photography as my major.
At first, I was late to my photography classes and missed 6 of them and it was about how to use a DSLR. No one, but Varun Raju in my class helped me with the exposure triangle. I learned various methods and techniques in college and most importantly it was all self-learning.
Technology has grown a lot as everything is available on the internet to help learners like me. Currently, I’m freelancing in photography, and all I can say is that it is better than working a 9-5 job. I must say my major achievement till now in photography is that I broke all the stereotypes around me who was dubious about a career in it. Fast forward to now I changed my mom’s mindset from hating me for taking photography to announcing it proudly to others. I struggled a lot with not having a camera at times and I still don’t own a camera of my own. If I’m a strong and motivated person, my brother is the sole reason behind it as he never stopped me from anything and always encouraged me in everything.
I’m pursuing my master’s from IACG- Dilshuknagar and for now, I’m going with the flow and waiting for what the universe has planned for me and I want to be a travelling photographer.
I think in today’s generation, men and women are growing equally and I don’t think photography is completely male dominant. All of my male friends help me in learning and I help them in learning new techniques as well.”
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