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Navin Sigamany

Hyderabad

Rating

5 Year(s) Experience

Photographer Gears

  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED
  • Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED
  • Nikkor 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED V
  • Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
  • Nikon SB-400

About Photographer

I am an artistic and commercial photographer available for assignments and collaborations.

I'm based in Hyderabad, India, but will travel at the drop of a hat!

I write. I travel. I read. But not necessarily in that order. I was trained as an anthropologist, and I did a round of projects for big-name organisations before switching to writing content. Various assignments and jobs later, including a decade with one of the world’s best known technology companies, I have struck out on my own as a freelance photographer.

I spent the first twenty years of my life in Coimbatore, a small city near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The next eleven years were spent, studying, then working, in Chennai, which was formerly known as Madras, on South India’s east coast. I now live and work in Hyderabad, a town fast on the way to becoming India’s hi-tech capital.

I am excited by technology, and what it can do in influencing and creating social contexts. I am also interested in how it can be used as a tool for empowerment. Mediawatching is another of my interests - almost inevitable today for anyone interested in technology.

I began photography long long ago - when my dad gave me a Kodak KB10 when I was a teenager in the 1990s. For a long time, no one could understand why I took pictures without people in them, and I did not have a good answer apart from, “But it’s so beautiful.” Though I did “shoot film” for a while, I remained blissfully unaware of the magic of darkrooms and the creative processes involved.

Fast forward to 2004, when I got myself my first digital camera - a 2-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 2200. For the first time, I was freed from the constraint of 36 exposures, and I went mad. Every one of my friends was subjected to long sessions where I would show them my pictures and talk their ears off. Between 2004 and 2010, I shot tens of thousands of awful pictures - not really knowing or understanding what I was doing. In 2010, I got my first DSLR and for the first time, I was forced to actually understand the art and science of photography.

I’ve learned a lot of things since then, but I'm still constantly learning. Wildlife, landscapes, architecture, portraits, street, wedding, event - I do all forms of photography.

I love the serenity of shooting wildlife and the almost meditative aspects of shooting architecture. If meditation is all about being in the now and letting go of everything else, then for me, photography is the perfect form of meditation. Indeed, on those occasions where I am out photographing for the sheer joy it affords me, everything ceases to exist except for the frame. The camera, me, the surrounding physical circumstances – all are incidental. The only thing that matters is the frame. It is the kind of pure, in-the-moment thing that brings complete calm.

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