Swapnil Jedhe’s observation towards street photography is unique and quiet phenomenal. These pictures are very much minimal and makes you feel for the beautiful aspect hidden in the streets, the characters and some interesting elements all rigged between each other paving way for a untold story. This tag line feels quiet different in Swapnil’s picture and makes us appreciate these wonderful photographs. Lets get to listen from the Photographer himself.
Can you please introduce yourself?
I am born and brought up in the lovely Pune city (India), and completed my education in Applied Arts 5 years ago. Presently, I’m working with a Pune based advertising agency as an Art Director / Designer. Photography came naturally to me; initially I started ‘clicking’ to get over my frustration of routine work and that was when I discovered my passion for Street Photography in early 2012.
What made you choose Street Photography?
When we were in the middle of shooting a TV commercial and happened to click a few candid shots of the kids. The experience was very refreshing for me. I didn’t know anything about Street Photography at that moment. The very next day I co-incidentally stumbled across the website of ‘That’s Life’ (Indian Street Photography Collective) and it excited the street photographer in me.
Few words on Minimal Composition?
Minimalism is an attitude. Some love it, some hate it.
I never really thought about this style while composing my shots. Clutter-free frames catch my eyes and I just shoot what pleases me the most.
To make a great minimal composition one must have a good sense of negative and positive space. It demands extreme spareness with creative framing. Simple graphical forms, lines, patterns, strong shadows, silhouettes, colours etc. help a lot in composition. The trickiest part of minimal composition is balance. You have to get that subject at the sweet spot in the frame, or else it tends to spoil the balance of the frame. So, patience and promptness are a must. You have to decide what to avoid and what to keep in the frame within a nanosecond.
It is hard to achieve minimalism in street photography. To overcome that I visualize the frame before shooting. Then I just stick around to the framing until I get that picture.
What makes you go regularly onto the Streets? What drives you?
I love to explore the hidden art within the mundane life we live.
I actually get Goosebumps when I manage to capture that magical unseen moment from a very ordinary scene. With Photography, I learnt a lot about life, its challenges and how to deal with people.
One place you all always want to visit for Street Photography?
It’s difficult to mention just one. I would love to explore the chaos of Mumbai, soul of Varanasi and culture of Kolkata
Your favorite contemporary street photographers?
Your favorite photography quote?
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. – Eliott Erwitt
Best compliment you received so far?
“You are a nice person and you write a visual poetry.”
I have Nikon D200 with 18 – 135mm dx lens. I also use 35mm dx lens occasionally.
Any final thoughts for our readers?
Work hard on yourself. Respect and enjoy life.
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