A brilliant photographer, artist and father, Babul Bhatt, has travelled to some of the most beautiful parts of the world. Photography for him helps him connect with his subconscious mind. His images are bursting with color and life. His work includes some photographs of the most breath taking city and landscapes one could imagine. Emaho in conversation with Babul Bhatt, the nomadic photographer.
Q1. Since when have you been interested in photography?
I have been shooting photos since the year 2000. First with a point-and-shoot and then gradually moved to Digital SLRs
Q2. Your photographs are very intriguing. What makes you choose your photos?
Photography keeps me connected to my idiosyncrasies. For me as a visual artist, it is important to be connected with my subconscious mind.
Q3. Are you inspired by fellow photographers?
I am inspired by everything around me and not a specific artist/photographer. According to me God creates the best art.
Q4. What interests you more, travel photography or fashion photography, or both?
I like to photograph people much more than cities or landscapes, but then since I travel more often, I end up with a volume of travel photographs.
Q5. Has your family inspired any of your work?
I have had great support from my family. My daughter Anoushka insisted that I create my own website to showcase my photographs and I did take her advice seriously.
Q6. You are also a brilliant artist. What made you inclined towards the fine arts?
My curiosity towards art started from a young age during primary school. I started to scribble everywhere on books, walls and newspaper corners. Art always played on my mind, drifting me away from the everyday monotonous humdrum.
Q7. What has been the most exciting photo-shoot for you till now?
Shooting Singapore cityscapes while standing out on the 47th floor of a skyscraper. It is quite scary when you look down from up there and the city down below looks spectacular! Scary!!!
Q8. You travel a lot. But is there any particular place that you’d like or loved to shoot, and why?
Rio de Janeiro for its landscapes and colourful laid-back culture.
Q9. Has your work been exhibited anywhere or is going to?
One of my photographs – Temple of Mirrors has been shortlisted in the top 10 images in the Architecture Category in the Sony World Photography Awards 2012. It has been selected from 52,323 images entered from 171 countries. This image will be shown in the SWPA winner’s book and digitally at Somerset House, as part of World Photo, London from 27th April – 20th May, 2012.
Q10. What, according to you, is the most interesting aspect of your photography?
Every artist has his own perspective/rendition. My idea of a good photography is one that intrigues and creates a visual delight to the viewer.
Q11. Have there been comparisons with regard to your work with other photographers? If yes, what do you have to say about it?
I would rather have my own style than be compared with another photographer.
Q12. How does it feel to be a photographer, technology consultant, artist and father?
It is hectic and I like it that way.
Interviewed by: Manik Katyal and Surabhi Chowdhury
Photographs by: Babul Bhatt