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  • Bronze is the most popular metal around the world for making metal sculptures. A life size sculpture that is new will cost between 60,000 to 100,000 DOLLARS! On the other hand statues from the period of King Chola’s will go well over a million dollars in auctions! India has had Bronze sculptures for a very long time through history. Swamimalai, in Tamil Nadu, is the world famous place for the Bronze statues! Ever wondered how these statues are made? Its really interesting to see them go from a step to another, up close! It all first starts with making a wax model of the statue. Now, traditionally this wax used to be taken out of honeycombs but with the changing times, they have come to use different materials. So, they take this wax that is in a solid form and heat it to just the right point, where it could be moulded into shapes by hand. From making different shapes and sculpting each of those shapes to further perfection, they finish the first step in the whole process - making the wax statue! Next comes putting mud on top of this wax statue to make a mould - this is where Swamimalai comes into picture, because the mud from this place is perfectly suitable for this process. The wax statue is completely covered with this mud and once the mould hardens, it is heated to melt the wax away. What will be left now is the mould of the statue. Molten Bronze is then poured into this mould and thus, the metal acquires its structure and shape. Breaking the mud, once it cools down, the metal statue is taken out and it is further sculpted by craftsmen to bring out all the details and texture on the statue. This process is where you literally see life being poured into an otherwise a metal thing. The ease with which they do it seems as though they are painting or stitching a fabric, while in reality the hard work is much, much more!

For updates like these, follow @discovertamilnadu! And hey! Keep an eye on @bigshortfilms for nee short films on some amazing things coming up! 😉

Shot on: @sonyalphain A7 R4
Writeup by: @naahushikavuri 
Concept: @amarramesh 
#history #bronze #discovertamilnadu #india #indianstories #statues #art #artist #creativity #inspiration #indianart
  • Falling in love with an old portrait of a singer, we began the conceptualisation. The idea was to recreate the image we were inspired from, and at the same time, to be grounded to our thought flow - trying to make sure that its a blend of original inspiration and our own ideas, and NOT a mere repetition. Looking back now, we feel that’s the process every creative has to go through while finding his/her personal style. It comes from drawing inspirations, finding out your point of view in that inspiration and trying to bring out that perspective. Sure, it doesn’t just happen in a day or two - you need to shoot a lot of bad pictures to be able to shoot what you want and your perspective. It takes time before people recognise YOUR style. This shoot was certainly fun. Through the shoot, we kept deciding upon certain aspect of outfits, makeup and hair, we changed our decisions several times and we followed our instincts through what worked and didn’t work. At the end of the day, we were satisfied about how the inspiration and our ideas flowed smoothly to be one.

Musician: @sundarmaalavika 
Edited by @dhivya__s 
Makeup: @bridescorner_official 
Shot on @sonyalphain 
Backdrop by @mizubackdrops 
#musician #portraiture #carnaticmusic #margazhi #indian #classical #singer #carnatic #music #vintage #inspiration #amarramesh #studioa #sonyalphain #portrait #vocalist #classicalmusic
  • Many people are worried about creating their individual style and don’t know how to do it. The thing is “creating style” takes time. Some people are lucky, they find their style in 2 years, few find it in 5 years, few other may take 20 years too. It takes time to create your own unique style. So don’t put yourself down in the first year itself thinking, “Oh, I don’t have a style yet” and pressurise yourself - it takes time. All the masters of photography, or for that matter - masters of any craft, who you think have a style, have had a long journey with their craft, so know their journey before you simply compare your work with theirs. Once you compare the journey, you will know that you have a long way to go. Next, when you start - you basically copy. Start copying styles that you like and connect to. In that recreating process, you will learn a lot of things. Do not feel low about people telling you that you don’t have your own style. Start taking styles and inspirations from more people. When you take ideas from one source, it becomes a copy. When you do it from multiple sources, it becomes inspiration. So get inspired from multiple sources - 100, 200, 300 photographers. That mixture of ideas will take you in the direction of finding your own style. Then you will realise that you like doing few things more than few other things. Find them, stay with them, dig into those ideas and explore them more. Try to innovate those ideas into a style.

Musician: @sundarmaalavika 
Edited by @dhivya__s 
Makeup @bridescorner_official 
Shot on @sonyalphain A7iii 
#margazhi #musician #carnatic #indian #classical #music #carnaticmusic #singer #vocalist #art #artist #amarramesh #portraiture
  • So many youngsters are quitting their studies and getting into studying photography. If you are quitting because you don’t like what you are studying, and you like photography, that’s fine. But if you are thinking that studying photography is all it takes to be a photographer, that it just takes a degree or diploma to have learned it all, I am sorry but you are wrong.

Earlier generations - many of our parents - used to go to work everyday, doing the same thing for years and then retire. That kind of a work and mind setup, of knowing something and doing it for your whole career doesn’t work in photography, or I should say, in any creative field.

You have to get into a creative field only if you are ready to be a life long learner. Otherwise, you simply cannot survive in a creative industry. This is a lesson we honestly keep coming across every now and then, and this shoot was one such moment. I always wanted to take a picture like this. As a team, we know what we wanted and we had it figured, in theory. However, execution was a differently ball game. It took a couple of more tries to get what we wanted - and when we did, it felt good. There is a certain satisfaction in knowing what you don’t know and learning that. We believe, if one is not passionate about that learning process, one cannot be successful in their creative pursuits.

Musician: @sundarmaalavika 
Edited by @dhivya__s 
Make up by @bridescorner_official 
Shot on @sonyalphain A7iii 
#portraits #margazhi #musician #portraiture #carnatic #musicians #music #indian #classical #amarramesh #singer #vocalist #concept #creative #blackandwhitephotography
  • One of the biggest take aways for us, as a team, from this amazing shoot is humility. To be honest, we were slightly worried how this shoot was going to be for several two main reasons - first, was from knowing that the amazing @ranjanigayatri are one of the stalwarts in the industry. Then, the fact that we had to work with two people in one shoot, while executing all the ideas we had in mind. However, the moment they walked in, everything changed. The shoot was a breeze. They were both super humble and amazing to work with! We were conversing like friends and shooting as if we have done it a hundred times already. Just about everything - from discussing ideas to executing each one of them - had an amazing flow to it!

Musicians: @ranjanigayatri 
Edited by: @dhivya__s 
Styled by: @vasukikartik 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7R4
#musician #portrait #portraiture #indianclassicalmusic #carnatic #music #amarramesh #art #artist #indianart #carnaticmusic #lightplay #studioa
  • “If you’re good at something, don’t do it for free” is one of Joker’s most remembered quote. It also is a quote that many give as a reason for why they charge for their work. It sure is a good reason, why should you do anything for free?

When I look at where I am in my life - as a creative professional - I know that the success has to do a lot with the number of people who have guided me, the knowledge I gained over internet from photographers like Chase Jarvis(@chasejarvis), Steve McCurry(@stevemccurryofficial), and a lot of other social platforms. I am what I am today because I had access to knowledge at no cost.

I believe very strongly that knowledge is a right of everyone and not a commodity to make money from. I never hesitate to tell someone the secrets behind any picture that I shot.

The question is, with whom and how do I share the knowledge? I can take only workshops only to an extent of my workshops.

With a motive of making the knowledge more accessible, I ask people to donate books to our library - The Evolve Library(@evolvelibrary ). Professionals, students, creative enthusiasts, literally anyone can come here to just sit and be carried away in the flow of books. This is completely free of cost. So I really urge you to come and spend time here, or DONATE BOOKS! Let’s make a better difference in the world.

Musician: @ranjanigayatri 
Edited by: @_.threne_here._ 
Styled by: @vasukikartik 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7R4
#indianclassical #music #carnatic #art #artist #musician #portraits #margazhi #carnaticmusic #sonyalphain #amarramesh
  • One of the biggest take aways for us, as a team, from this amazing shoot is humility. To be honest, we were slightly worried how this shoot was going to be for several two main reasons - first, was from knowing that the amazing @ranjanigayatri are one of the stalwarts in the industry. Then, the fact that we had to work with two people in one shoot, while executing all the ideas we had in mind. However, the moment they walked in, everything changed. The shoot was a breeze. They were both super humble and amazing to work with! We were conversing like friends and shooting as if we have done it a hundred times already. Just about everything - from discussing ideas to executing each one of them - had an amazing flow to it!

Musicians: @ranjanigayatri 
Edited by: @dhivya__s 
Styled by: @vasukikartik 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7R4 
#musician #portrait #portraiture #indianclassicalmusic #carnatic #music #amarramesh #art #artist #indianart #carnaticmusic #lightplay #studioa
  • Do you know how many likes does my "MOST LIKED PICTURE” from 2019 have? 7,162 to be exact. That might sound like a lot to many of you and might sound like nothing to the other few. But keep the numbers aside and look at the statistics - that’s only 15.9% people who liked my picture. When you consider the comments, the percentage is even lower. By the way, the highest reach is way over the number of followers I have. I see people longing for me to share their work on my page. @thephotorama_com has been a project we took up for young photographers - to inspire and educate. When I asked my photographer friends to share it, they hardly did. The fact is I’m not perfect. I long for likes too, to be honest. I long for that “BLUE TICK”. I love it when someone I admire shares my work. The guy with 150 followers has the same longing as the one with 200k. But, something I realised long back is that the number of people who are reacting to your content are fewer than you think. The number of people who will remember that post after a week are even fewer - could be counted on fingers. Your work is not as seriously taken and remembered by people as much as you do. Its only you to whom it matters the most. So don’t look at feedback as a factor to know your growth. Look at yourself, in introspection - you will know deep inside how far, or nowhere near beginning, you are. Don’t consider the fan following following you find on these platforms to be “real”. They are as real as dragons. We all know how they look, what they can do, but they exist only in imagination. Be grounded and be aware of yourself, your changing thoughts, craft and everything around. Its not easy to be aware but when you try, you will be more true to what you can do and to your craft. You will know the depth you are in and the heights you must reach to. An aware person consciously does it and pushes limits out of existence. Others imagine doing the same. Who do you want to be?

Dancer: @urvashi_mohinani 
Edited by: @selva_tipu
Writeup By: @naahushikavuri 
Ideation: @amarramesh 
Outfit: @studio149 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#dancer #portraits #NATYA #sonyalphain #sonyalpha #amarramesh #indianclassical
  • Trust me, ideas work only when you put your neck out of the comfort zone, ask for what you want/need. I put up a story asking for suggestions for places to go to and food to try in Varanasi and among the conversations we had in replies to that story, this guy @_ibn_batuta got in touch with me. And almost instantly when I asked him for a dancer he knows in Varanasi, he connected me to @urvashi_mohinani . The time it took us to talk, connect and plan the shoot was like a gentle ripple that started small and spread beautifully wide. Everything and everyone together caused it. Ideas start with you and come to life with many. Its like the road we love, covered in vibrant, saturated leaves, during the fall. It starts with just one leaf, and the beauty comes from many. If each leaf waits for another to fall, what would happen? So don’t wait. Reach out and start working on what you want, the universe will come together!❤️
Dancer: @urvashi_mohinani 
Edited by: @selva_tipu 
Outfit: @studio149 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#varanasi #NATYA #series #dancer #portraits #story #indianclassical #dance #artist #art #creative #india #travel #amarramesh #studioa #sonyalphain #indianclassicaldance 
#portraiture

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