Vasanth Kumar is a fashion photographer from Chennai. His visual language is absolutely stunning and makes the viewer feel joyful. His passion for fashion photography is difficult to comprehend in a given space. Let’s ask from the photographer himself about his journey so far.
Hello Vasanth, can you introduce yourself?
I am a 23 year old Fashion Photographer from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Studied Visual Communication at Dr. GRD College of Arts and Science (2010-2013). I moved to Chennai soon after I graduated to establish an entity for my dreams.
How did you start photography and are you on the same track that you wanted to tread when you began?
Back in 2009, just like every nature enthusiast, I captured flowers and insects with my friend Allwin’s Digi Cam (cyber shot). And there it was, my new found love. Got my first DSLR in 2011.
I am a self-taught photographer. I’ve always been curious. As I was learning the basics, I tried my hand at different genres and found fashion photography the most interesting of all. I also shoot selective weddings based on the bride and groom’s journey to their wedding day.
What’s your ideology on the kind of photography you practise?
I like to create the mood that pops in my mind. I guess only in fashion or fine art you can do that. The key is to keep it simple. A simple concept and the ability to portray the same on a frame can reach more audience and convey the mood without the audience getting distracted.
You switch between fashion photography and wedding photography. What has been the major difference and which one is a soul satisfier?
Fashion Photography is my soul satisfier. Anyday! In fashion, you have the opportunity to create a mood. I love using dark pastels. I ensure that the tones I use for my pictures evoke a sense of a comfort and coziness. The difference between Fashion photography and wedding photography is more like a cloudy day and a sunny day. Both makes me happy in its own way. The beauty of a wedding scene is that the mood and emotions are 100% real. I choose weddings that have an interesting story behind the bride and groom’s knot. It’s a lot easier to understand the scenario and also to capture the emotions.
Can you breakdown your post production process for our readers and also how tell us on how important it is.
My post production process includes Culling , Exposure Adjustment and Color Grading. I always prefer to shoot in raw and neutral picture profile which gives me the flexibility to edit.
People and photographers who’ve inspired you?
My source of inspiration has never been a particular thing or person. I got my attitude and hardworking skills from my father and the art of finesse from my mother. Put together, I experimented a lot with my camera with utmost care for detail. I learn from my previous work and I try to create better ones.
Your favourite films?
Fight Club , Shutter Island, 12 Angry Men, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and in recent times Split.
What would you like to tell all of them who have started out to chase their dreams in photography?
There is no shortcut. An editing software or application will only help you enhance what you capture. Gain the ability to critically analyze your raw picture and evaluate it. Getting firsthand information is a lot more helpful than you think, may it be a location hunt or learning the process. Photography is fascinating, it takes a lot of observation and effort to capture the subject in a frame. Figure out your style, keep practicing until you’re satisfied with your own work. Never be in a hurry to click a picture. Spend enough time on composition, light and colors which will save you a hustle while post-process.
What’s your dream like?
I’m already living my dream by doing what I love. My only goal right now is to keep improving myself and I’m curious to see where it takes me.
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