Hello, my name is Pravin Tamang, a photographer based out of Darjeeling.
In my work, I try to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. I find ordinary and normal moments to be the most honest and beautiful. Most of the time I am seeking people and places that exist just the way they are, totally lost and engaged in their own thoughts, that is the reason why most of my images mostly correspond to solitude, isolation, and loneliness. I try to shoot simple images as much as possible. To me, the process of making an image is as important as the final image itself. I am inspired by the works of the masters like Sebastião Salgado, Sally Mann, Fan Ho, and Elliott Erwitt and totally fascinated by the works of painters like Edward Hopper, Vermeer, and Caravaggio.
“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life” – Brian Andreas
My perspective on the images:
I have been to many places and have shot a lot during my time, what I have always noticed and admired in the end is no matter how crowded the place is or the hustle of the city, you will always find those quiet corners that people find refuge in. During my shoots in the streets and even for documentaries, I like to find those tiny corners where everything stops.
I have also developed this undying love for black and white photography, I simply love the way everything is stripped to a few shades of grey, it gives me the freedom to portray a story in a simple way as possible and the love for monotone has inherently impacted my color photos that have limited colors in it, probably 3 color tones at the most.
The mood is something I have always aspired to create in my images. I am drawn towards photographing dark and moody images. I don’t mind if most things are not visible in my photos, I actually think it helps me isolate my subject naturally and tell that one single story instead of layers of stories. That is why my favorite seasons are winter and summer season when it rains a lot.
Still learning a lot, I read a lot of photo books to keep me inspired and that has massively helped me develop and sharpen my skills.
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