When did you initiate MaanSal Studios and how has your experience with the same been so far?
Back in 2010,I initiated MaanSals and since then, it has been watermarked my identity. People now know me as MaanSal instead of Salman. Well, MaanSal is actually a modified Salman! It has given me a phenomenal social network coupled with countless other things that make me who I am today.
Were you always inclined towards photography as a child and wanted to have a career in the same field?
I never planned to take up photography as a major. In the seventh year of my age, my sister used to serve as a model subject and obviously, she had to fake how good the photos clicked by me were since she had no one else who could click her photos.Her appreciation served as the foundation of my confidence and inclined me towards photography.
Are your photographs inspired from a particular theme and follow a certain type?
Yes, Lifestyle photography shows what something HAS more than what it IS,
and includes pictures of ordinary things, simple things in life that we tend to overlook. Especially bicycles, those are my favorite! If I see one standing on the street, I make sure it doesn’t go unnoticed by me.
What sort of photographs do you love clicking the most?
I love taking shots that utilize my time and bring out in the photograph what I actually make up in my mind. I try using different angles and colors. I first try to develop a photograph of what I see and then I try to achieve the same results with the lens.
Do you do any photography for purely commercial purposes?
I started with commercial photography last year. But the studies’ pressure is just too great, so I try to strike a balance between my passion with my studies. After I was done with my college, I took a gap year so that I could travel, explore and spend some extra time with my camera- get to know it even more closely!
Have you received any professional training for photography?
You know how it’s said that friends can make or break you; the former is quite true in my case. I never got proper training but I learnt from the other really good photographers in my social circle. I asked questions, sometimes too many, and they guided me. I tried to implement what they said in my work. So it is due to their advice that I have reached this point. I totally owe my position to the advice and support that they have always extended towards me.
Where do you see yourself and MaanSal Studios in the next five years?
LOL. I can’t exactly state where MaanSal and I would be. Since I make MaanSal and it makes me in turn! The day when I began, I never even imagined that I would reach such great heights this early. If God’s will stays with me, people would get to see a lot more of the MaanSal spunk. I definitely have plans to have my name engraved somewhere in the pages of everyone’s life.
What made you make the video “Valentine Sucks”? Is there a story behind the same?
I always wanted to start vlogging but then was too lazy to execute the ideas! Earlier this month I made one on dentist and received some really good response so I thought of continuing it and valentines had become an annoying concept for me. I mean that you remain the same for 364 days and the 365th is the day when you suddenly start loving. The hype and the people I see each day served as a reason behind me doing this. I plan on continuing making videos to share my views on other topics as well.
Who inspires you the most for your photography?
The mere feeling of FEELING the minutest things in life inspires me to pursue photography. Through all these years I have realized a fact that photography makes you LOOK at that’s what’s being ignored otherwise. Anyone can click but not everyone can notice. My inspiration is now served by the most vague, bizarre, worth-being-ignored things in life. As mentioned earlier, I always compose a photograph of the scene in my mind before I click it.
What are your views on Emaho Magazine?
Emaho Magazine is a really good platform that unleashes and encourages young talents. Undoubtedly, I look at it as a massive forum where people get to interact globally. Bringing arts, music, photography, lifestyle and such essentials together is the best part about it. Time spent going through Emaho is always joyful.
Interviewed by: Sara Suri
Pictures by: Salman Parekh- MaanSal Studio
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