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  • 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
  • This shoot started with my long time standing wish of going to Varanasi. And trust me when I say this, Varanasi is completely an amazing experience! Everyone, I believe, SHOULD go to this place at least once in their life time. So, the idea of travelling to this beautiful city flowed into shooting a series of NATYA here. When I think of Varanasi, the first thing that comes to my mind in a pastel grey colour - the celebration of death, the ashes, the calmness and the chaos of everything, the weather. We wanted to bring that pastel and a mood of thoughtfulness into the picture. We went with this choice of colour for the outfit and MAN! The way it just blended into the background was as beautiful as the morning fog of the city at 5 degrees chillness. Easily one of the shoots I enjoyed the most and the amazing place is something I will keep going back to!

Dancer: @urvashi_mohinani 
Outfit: @studio149 
Edited by: @selva_tipu 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#dancer #portraits #NATYA #indianclassicaldance #art #artist #creative #expression #amarramesh #varanasi #grey #portraiture #expofilm3k #studioapartment
  • One of the things that inspires me about Indian classical dances is that its not merely about knowing how to dance. - rather, you need have an understanding of music, emotions, story telling, acting, makeup, stage dynamics and so many other things comprehensively. This is one of the reasons why we call our dancer portraits as “Natya” - meaning “Drama” and not “Nritya” - which literally means “Dance”. Because Indian dance is but drama. The artist doesn’t just dance to the music. The music, dancer’s ‘mudras’, movements, expressions, the makeup, everything that happens happens for a reason - to tell a story. You see this comprehensive relationship between Indian art forms everywhere. If there’s something that can be taken away from this, I believe its that you must always have knowledge in multiple creative fields. You cannot just learn one thing and keep doing that, while not understanding the arts near around your interest, to become a master of your trade. Jack of many and master of none is a quote we all know. But the fact is, you need to be a jack of many to be the master of one.

Dancer: @aakanksha_dance
Outfit: @studio149 
Edited by: @selva_tipu 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#dancer #portraits #indianclassicaldance #indianart #art #artist #creative #amarramesh #studioa #inspiration #natya #shoot
  • One of the things that inspires me about Indian classical dances is that its not merely about knowing how to dance. - rather, you need have an understanding of music, emotions, story telling, acting, makeup, stage dynamics and so many other things comprehensively. This is one of the reasons why we call our dancer portraits as “Natya” - meaning “Drama” and not “Nritya” - which literally means “Dance”. Because Indian dance is but drama. The artist doesn’t just dance to the music. The music, dancer’s ‘mudras’, movements, expressions, the makeup, everything that happens happens for a reason - to tell a story. You see this comprehensive relationship between Indian art forms everywhere. If there’s something that can be taken away from this, I believe its that you must always have knowledge in multiple creative fields. You cannot just learn one thing and keep doing that, while not understanding the arts near around your interest, to become a master of your trade. Jack of many and master of none is a quote we all know. But the fact is, you need to be a jack of many to be the master of one.

Dancer: @aakanksha_dance 
Edited by: @selva_tipu 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#dancer #portraits #indianclassicaldance #indianart #art #artist #creative #amarramesh #studioa #inspiration #natya #shoot
  • Shooting in temples has always been like a dream come true. We started very early in the morning, when it was still pitch dark, on our drive from the city to the temple. It was covered in thick fog right from the very gate and it looked absolutely beautiful! The experience of unpacking the camera, lights, setting up frames, climbing the walls or jumping back down - all along with the team, to get one picture in that fog, as the sun was rising - I have no idea how exactly to describe, in a word, the experience. Certainly one to remember. This was one of the first shots we got. The breathtaking atmosphere of the temples and the elegance of Indian classical dance. To be honest, when we visit these magnificent places, there’s little planning that we do. The place, like a breeze, carries our thoughts like the vibrant, saturated leaves during the fall. Sometimes, all you need to do is submit yourself to the what is around you. Plain submission without over complicated thoughts will take you to the right places. So try this next time when you feel lost - close your eyes, take a sigh and submit yourself to the place, people and the ambience around. Wonders will not readily happen, but a change towards a calm, beautiful thought flow starts there.

Dancer: @aakanksha_dance 
Edited: @selva_tipu 
Outfit: @studio149 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#sonyalphain #natya #amarramesh #studioa #dancer #portraitphotography #portraits #indianclassicaldance #art #artist #indianculture
  • Perspective. One of the things that you can easily play with. Something that you can never say - you understood everything about. A subtle act of looking around, turning the opposite way to shoot a different background than the obvious, can make a beautiful difference. What we see can blind us from what there is. For example, we were shooting for a while here with the sea as our background. Then when we turned around in the other direction, towards the temple and got this shot. I love how this has a story, with that guy in the background walking across the rocks, to go to the temple. Sometimes, all it takes it a simple change in what you can see. There’s always an amazing background and then there are backgrounds just around that, that may communicate something. Apart from communicating, it also makes a shot interesting. Imagine the same shot from an eye level with the same rocks and ocean in the background like the rest of the pictures - not that it will be a bad picture, but it will have already been shot. So, next time you feel bored with the same shot, next time you feel you’re not getting any idea - try not to brain storm. The solution might be in a simple act of just changing your perspective. What all do you see around? What are you missing? Turn around and see through. Think about the smaller change you can bring into your pictures. Its not always about the BIGGER ideas.

Dancer: @prani_c 
Outfit by: @studio149 
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#natya #dancer #portraits #portraiture #indianclassical #indianclassical #art #artist #indian #creative #amarramesh #studioa #sonyalphain
  • The location! We were confused about which location to go to, out of the two we had in mind. Having tried to think a lot, I chose to go to Mahabalipuram by pure instinct and when we got there, there were so many pilgrimages - all wearing red sarees with yellow borders. It was as if they were there to match our shoot’s colour palatte. We got some amazing compositions that would have otherwise been relatively empty and really interesting shots like this one here! We shot on the rocks and came down, there were just so many sarees put for drying in the sand - it looked beautiful. Asking for a little help from strangers, we got the sarees placed the way we wanted. It looks as if we took props to the location to make this picture - the way the universe conspires for something really spontaneous and beautiful is amazing! Just goes to say, follow your instinct. It knows something that you consciously don’t and it will lead you in the right way. Next time you have a doubt about making a creative decision, don’t fret about which one is more rational - just go with your gut. Which one are instinctively inclined towards?

Dancer: @prani_c 
Outfit by: @studio149 
Edited by: @israeldavidsons
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#dancer #portraits #natya #indianclassicaldance #indian #art #artist #indianclassical #bharatanatyam #amarramesh #studioa #sonyalphain #sonyalpha
  • This shoot was nothing short of a small adventure, I would say. Okay, maybe “adventure” is too much to say but surely, super spontaneous! Beginning from how we randomly got the pieces together about outfit and shoot, to how I went with my gut when it came to choosing where to shoot, to @naahushikavuri forgetting the softbox mount - without which you cannot shoot given how dark of an early morning it was.

But hey, here’s the thing. We must keep aside the screwup and think around how the issue at hand can be sorted. @viviraaj quickly volunteered to go back all the way to the studio for the mount and in the mean time, while there surely was a little tension, we figured there’s no point in worrying about it. We reached the location, (there’s a whole story about the location but I’ll finish this now), and we began to shoot with bare flash. We put it on a tripod, balanced it on all the rocks there were and hoping that a heavy breeze wouldn’t knock it down, we started the shoot. I needed at least two people to help me but I had only one, we tried to work around that too, and we did. This is one of the first pictures we took. 
Screw ups, in a peculiar way, challenge you. This is not to say that its okay if we screw up - its not. By all means, we must make sure to avoid any small thing going wrong but when something does go wrong - don’t panic. Think.

Dancer: @prani_c 
Amazing outfit by!: @studio149 
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot in: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#dancer #portraits #natya #artist #amarramesh #studioa #classicaldance #indian #sonyalphain #sonyalpha #indianclassicaldance

Right from the moment I left my safe software career to pursue my dream of becoming a photographer; there has been endless dots that have connected themselves to lead to what I am today. An entrepreneur by choice and a wanderer by nature, I have been fortunate enough to find a purpose in my passion and make many like-minded friends along the way. I haven’t travelled across the whole of Tamil Nadu yet, I haven’t documented all of India’s priceless heritage sites and I haven’t been on a road trip to every part of the world. But I want to. If you are one who nods with the same intensity, then let’s catch up. I love collaborating and creating memories. Proud to be a memory maker!

Amar is the founder of Studio A, one of India’s finest premium wedding photography & filmmaking brand. 400+ Weddings and still counting, Studio A has done weddings that happened under a tree to weddings that were set on coasts of Santorini.
Studio A
With the right blend of imagination and expertise, his passion for portraits stands translated in the work he continues to do in this area. In the professional world today, your visual identity is the new age business card. Studio A helps you create the perfect portrait that will uniquely impact your professional visibility. Also, on a personal note, Amar's interest to revive the art of portraits sees him capture a wide range of families and artists.
Portraits by Studio A
Of many things that stand testimonial to the time that we have come through, temples have a big say on the art, architecture, religion, spirituality, prosperity and more. When we enter such ancient temples, the very thought of the civilizations that had flourished around seamlessly in these spaces ages ago, is astounding. STONES AND STORIES is the passion project of Amar that documents the rare temples of India.
Stones and Stories
Photographer | Amar Ramesh - Photographer,Traveller,Speaker,Wedding Photographer.Chennai,India