Ice­land, an Icy Par­adise!

Smart Photography - - Rajen Nandwana - As told to Ro­hin­ton Me­hta

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.

Ra­jen Nand­wana,


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Ice­berg in a creek lead­ing to the At­lantic Ocean

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