I wonder how many of you who are reading this have gone through a previous blog post centered on the 10 Indian Instagrammers You Absolutely Need To Follow Right Now. If you haven’t, then you definitely need to go through that, the link for which is attached below this blog. Photographers are artists who like to stay behind the blinds. They like people to recognize them for what they put forward and that is what infused a spirit in us to start an interview series which will be distinctly individualistic and exclusive in nature for the photographers.
Fresh in her techniques and exquisite in her style, she started photography at a mere age of nineteen, in conversation with Bhumika Bhatia we came to know that she likes to extend her limits and challenge herself every day. She believes very strongly in the power of art to signify raw emotions. She was delighted to chat with us and we were no less than overwhelmed with her response.
Ques. What is photography to you and how did you decide on practicing photography?
Ans: Since childhood, I have been practicing various mediums of art. I used to paint when I was a kid and then I started to write as well. But somehow I felt that I wasn’t being able to express myself that well through them and something was always missing or something or the other is not working out or is not what it should be until I finally started taking pictures and then I realised “Oh, why don’t I give this a shot?” I had organized my own photography exhibition when I was nineteen and I couldn’t believe the fact that I actually sold films and made money out of something I love to do & more than that, people actually appreciated what I loved to do.
Ques. Do you regularly follow or take inspiration from any other photographer or artist for your work?
I mostly follow directors, movie directors to be more precise and writers and artists from different branches. I am a huge fan of Ingmar Bergman. His work is very dark but he is exceptional when it comes to bringing out one’s true emotions. I am also a diehard fan of Tim Burton. It’s because of him that my life completely changed. There is this one particular movie by him that altered my perspective about how I live and since then I am a completely different person, it’s called the Big Fish. Every time I’m down I sit down and watch the movie and it never fails to compel me to get up and work harder.
Ques. All photographers have a diverse set of stories to tell, do you have any day in your mind when something unique and eventful happened and it’s engraved in your memory since then?
There was this one shoot; I was working on an assignment with Samsung where we were supposed to be shooting at a dessert in Jaisalmer. I had never been to a dessert before so the location was completely new for me but I always like to push myself out of my comfort zone and decided to take it up. I was shooting with a few dancers when suddenly a sandstorm brewed out of nowhere. We were stuck about half a mile away from our cars so initially, I thought we would wait and let the sandstorm pass. But then it struck me that, that particular scenario had a magic of its own so I asked them to just start dancing amidst the sandstorm, I asked them to just let go of everything and just embrace the moment. It’s not just me but the entire team was spirited enough to add on to my excitement and trust me, I got some outlandish pictures. In fact, the entire trip was planned to push me enough to try and do things I do not usually do.
We also went to the Jaisalmer fort. We were shooting in the night when suddenly the lights of the entire fort just went off. It was already very windy when it suddenly started to rain. But I was so stubborn that I asked them to sit near one of the huge cannons they have there because I had to shot no matter what. I had already broken my tripod because the wind was too strong. It was pouring but I had never been happier with the kind of pictures I shot at that time. So good memories along with some excellent images.
Ques. Any new photography genres that you want to experiment with?
See, as a photographer, you need to keep trying new things to grow. Since the time I have been practicing photography I have tried every single genre of photography except wildlife because I believe that requires a lot of patience. I have done shoots at parks, buildings as well as corporate shoots only to realize the fact that portraits are my favorite and that is what I love the most. But one should always keep trying and make mistakes because without that you cannot really strive to move ahead.
Bhumika loves traveling and surfing and has been recently trying her hand at cross fit. She looks to learn something new each day, every day. We have already seen that bad weather and tough circumstances cannot stop her from producing authentic art. You can catch more of her by visiting her Instagram handle @bhumikab, but I am warning you in advance you will get addicted!
All photos here have been clicked by bhumika!
WRITTEN BY SHRADDHA GHOSH for
WORLD PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB