Trupal Pandya pursues his degree in photography and presents such stunning and commendable work on the genre of portraits. His work finds perfect balance within the culture that needs definite attention lying on a narrow brink of being entirely extinct. Trupal’s works deserves a lot of applause and actually took me by surprise, I was thoroughly inspired by the amount of details and incredible posture with every portrait. Take a look and be inspired.
Looks like you are pursuing your degree in photography, Best wishes on that. What made you choose this discipline?
I got into photography while traveling across India with my family. I have always been inclined towards the art and am really curious about a lot of things around me. It’s safe to say that curiosity and the urge to answer my own questions got me into photography.
How greatly has your vision towards arts and photography evolved after your workshops with big names such as Steve McCurry and Eddie Adams?
A lot! It started from how to make a pretty picture to how to make a picture which has an impact and tell a story. I don’t think I would have learned even half of what I know today if I didn’t intern with Steve or if I didn’t do to Eddie Adams workshop. You realize how people put their entire lives and all the everyday they have behind a subject or a story. Its really inspiring.
How did this desire to document the tribal communities and some unseen ethnic groups happen to you?
It was while I was interning with Steve McCurry. Its during that internship that I realized how important was it to give a voice to someone with the help of my photographs. I think it is really important to document this change and transition. In the last 20 years the rate at which we are changing has been phenomenal. I was surprised to see how these cultures who were able to sustain their traditions for thousands of years are standing on the edge. I think its the time I am in.
Your Future goals and ambition?
Document more tribes and last generations of cultures.
Strongly these simple white backdrops help a great deal in perceiving the portrait of the person. How did you develop this wonderful style?
I thinks this style would encourage viewers to embrace, confront and accept the person and let the distractions of culture and geography fade into the background. It also reminds us how we are all the same people living in different parts!
I shoot with a Nikon D800E, 50mm and 24-70mm lenses. Profoto B1 and a 3ft Octa as my lighting gear and Lee Filters.
There must be something you always keep telling yourself which you want to share now with your fans and aspiring photographers?
Work as hard as you can, fight your fears, keep pushing and be curious!
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