Iceland, an Icy Paradise!
Rajen Nandwana is the Managing Director of a 96-year old family business specialising in Plaster of Paris. His passion for photography began in early 2007. His body of work covers architectural, panoramic, candid portraiture and landscape photography, among others. Shooting digital, he places a strong emphasis on overall quality and thorough post-production to extract the full potential of his images. He is an Epson Digigraphie artist and the organiser of the India Chapter of The Royal Photographic Society.
By profession, you are a businessman. How did you get into photography?
In 2007, I started my obsession with photography. I was looking for a creative space – something that would bring me inner joy and help me find my spirituality, a medium that could help me communicate how I see the world.
Photography got me all this.
Do you prefer colour or black
& white photography, and why?
Both. It depends on what mood I wish to capture through the image. At times, I can visualise it in B&W, and at times I am fascinated with the brilliance of colours.
How important is the equipment, and how important is the man behind the equipment?
I believe the artistic vision comes from the photographer. The right equipment is invaluable in the right hands.
Please tell us about your Iceland experience.
Despite my extensive travel experience, I had never been to a place as cold as Iceland. We had four ‘seasons’ in a matter of an hour – snow, rain, sand storms with high wind, and sunshine! This was my first serious attempt at landscape photography. I saw sights I had never seen before, the magic of which I tried to capture through my lens.
How do you manage to find time, in spite of your very busy schedule?
If one is passionate, he or she will find time. Photography for me is my meditation, my leisure and my self expression - and I create time for it.
Your photographs, may they be landscapes, church interiors, panoramas or weddings, all show amazing details. What’s your secret?
It may be that my industrial background plays a significant role. I believe that God lies in the details. In addition, current digital technology, equipment and optics help me fulfil my visualisation.
Jokulsarlon Beach - Iceberg washed ashore in high tide
Iceberg in a creek leading to the Atlantic Ocean