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Software for a profession and the camera for meditation takes Sachin Bharadwaj all over the world



SHUTTERBUG BITES A trip to Kashmir with the family opened up his mind to nature’s magnificence and aesthetic

“I want to achieve something big like photographer Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times who has just bagged the coveted Pulitzer for her work in Liberia,” says software professional Sachin Bharadwaj.

An engineer with a keen eye for the lens, yes. But one still wonders why this eager photographer had to go through the four-year telecom engineering rigmarole at all. Not that Sachin isn’t enjoying his professional streak at Sasken Communication Technologies. But an insatiable love for his hobby eats him through and through. “I wouldn’t reduce it to a hobby or a pastime, it’s my meditation and sustenance,” says this unbelievable boy, barely in his mid-twenties, who’s travelled across several shores on work.

“Apart from devoting time for my office projects, I allocate the evenings and weekends to my photography and leave no stone unturned to realise my pursuits,” says the engineer who also has an MS from Chalmers University in Sweden.

It was Sachin’s one-year official stint in China last year that opened up his Canon Digital SLR aperture to a world that got him some of the best clicks that he has recorded on his blog (sachinb.blogspot.com). Not just that, the young man really had it made when the editor of the Shanghai Daily asked him to contribute photos to the newspaper’s ‘Eye Spy’ column that carries candid eye-catching photos of the city. If that was just the beginning, bagging the to p photographer award for 2006 from the Shanghai Daily proved another shot-in-the-arm for Sachin.

The camera-bug had bitten him enough to take him across China. Xinjiang province, Hunan province, Hangzhou, Beijing, Nanjing, Sanya…he had captured them all digitally. The Shanghai City, the weekend city guide, also published several photographs of Sachin’s China rendezvous. “It was here that my senses grew wider in the appreciation of Renaissance Art and several other forms of aesthetics. After all, an eye and vision for beauty are paramount for photography,” he realises.

Sachin’s participation in the recently concluded Bangalore Photography Festival (of professionals and amateurs) was a space that he was excited about. Having the first taste of showcasing, a tête-À-tête with professionals helped the dreamy boy bag appreciation from top professionals like Rudrasen as well.

How did the passion for the medium grow? A trip to Kashmir with the family opened up his mind to nature’s magnificence and aesthetics.

The initial spark kindled when he got into a routine of putting up his pictures on to Bangalore Shutterbugs’ flicker.com and photo.net where amateurs and professionals are given space to upload photos.

“The excitement is so much when you receive an analysis from the critic forum and the cut, crop and composition of a photo is discussed. I go through the literature on the net and study the works of experts such as Vincent Lafore, Steve Winter and John Stanmeyer,” he says.

His 15,000 photos from various parts of the world on his blog are indicative of his obsession. One must watch out for his photographs from his Kemmanagundi and Agumbe jaunts. “Travel photography is dear to me. I wish the print media in India opens up with a special space for amateurs to showcase their work,” says Sachin who is off to Mexico to click more…both on his official mouse and the camera. For more about Sachin check out his blog at http://sachinb.blogspot.com/ and for his photos log on to http://www.photo.net/ photos/Sachin%20 Bharadwaj.

This column features those who choose to veer off the beaten track.

RANJANI GOVIND

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