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  • It is very important to follow your instinct because I feel your gut, knows more about you than you know. It sticks to your ideologies, it sticks to your values, your likes and dislikes, to your stress levels and so many other things. Many times, my logical thinking beats my intuition but that’s exactly the time we should be more careful to differentiate between the logic and instinct, and follow the instinct. Logic is surely important in making informed decisions, but instinct is more important in making, I feel, creative decisions. It is important when you don’t know which option to choose, which idea to go with, what to shoot, whom to approach and ask, what the next step should be - just so many things. Logic gives you reasons to make a decision based on a lot of information you see around and this information maybe right and it could be wrong too, sometimes. So you cannot assure 100% that your logic is always right. However, my instinct has always been right. Be it choosing my projects, my career, choosing my team members - at every point of time, I followed my instinct.

You should follow it because It has seen all the permutations and computations of you. It is like adaptive artificial intelligence. It has seen you so much that it adapts to you and it tells you, “For you, this one’s better”. Musician: @ghatamumashankar 
Edited by: @_.threne_here._ 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#amarramesh #margazhi #musician #portriats #carnaticmusic #portraiture #ghatam #instrumental #creative #craft #art #artist #indianclassical #studioa #sonyalphain
  • He has been a super humble person to talk to, through the whole shoot and what’s amazing about him is that he wouldn’t shy away from telling you an idea if he has one. I think that’s something we all should take away - to confidently share our ideas without over thinking on whether its a good one. One of the most humble persons, amazing Ghatam player and the conversations we had from him teaching us a little about how Ghatam’s work and music theory, to the story of how A. R. Rahman’s “Azhagana Ratchasiye” song was made Ghatam’s as the key instrument - everything was super fun and amazing! I really want to share that story right now but that’s for another time.

Musician: @ghatamumashankar 
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#musician #portraits #portraiture #carnaticmusic #carnatic #ghatam #indianclassicalmusic #creative #lightplay #sonyalphain #amarramesh #studioa #margazhi
  • Take a step back, you will find stories that fit into the frame. Take a step closer, you will find newer perspectives you haven’t thought of before. One of the things that happens during our shoots is - we tend to instantly switch to a 16-35mm from an 85mm, and get really close to the subject. Its fun to have a change of perspective and see what more you can do. On one such moments, we came up with the idea of shooting from the Ghatam’s point of view. It wasn’t a concrete vision, rather was a vague idea that came by. Little tweaks to the light, the camera angle, and we got this super interesting shot of the instrument’s POV while Uma Shanker is playing it! Work on ever smaller idea that strikes and makes you curious to try it. Its really interesting how those moments work and bring you to something amazing! Take a guess how we shot it!

Musician: @ghatamumashankar 
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
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  • This was one of the last pictures that we shot. Emphasising what I said in the previous picture, this man had no energy of his going down once he started playing the Ghatam. Sure, he was aged, needed a little help to get up and sit down, but the moment his hands touched his Ghatam like they never want to let it go, and started playing - he was lost in his element. With a vision of creating a stage of space for him and his craft, we made this picture. To us, as a team, this is one of the shoots we will remember through the passage of time.

Musician: Vikku Vinayakram
Edited by: @ksgokulanand 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#musician #carnaticmusic #carnatic #portraits #amarramesh #portraiture #studioa #creative #margazhi #music #artist #indianclassical #art #inspiration #sonyalphain #sonyalpha #ghatam #instrumental
  • This shoot was easily one of my favourites. Vikku Vinayakram ji, like I said before, had no sense of celebrity status to him. He was calm and as if he were a youngsters who was getting his first portfolio shoot done, paying attention to what we wanted and listened to us with patience. We kept shooting for a long time while he was down for every single idea. Watching him play the Ghatam during this process was something that really was "SOULFUL". Musician: Vikku Vinayakram
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii 
#amarramesh #studioa #musician #portraits #carnaticmusic #margazhi #ghatam #carnatic #music #instrumental #art #artist #craft #creative #creativity #practice #passion #sonyalphain
  • Having a team that believes in your vision and how they support you is really important. I wanted a few pots for few a few pictures but I was not sure if we can pull it off. The team came forward and put the pieces together. SURESH, my driver, found a place to get all the pots we need! He got them delivered to and back from studio. The whole team helped and arranged them during the shoot and pulled it off really smoothly! Its a blessing to have a team built by camaraderie and a team I can always trust to fall back on.

Musician: Vikku Vinayakram
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii
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  • Shooting Vikku Vinayakram ji was an amazing experience. To have someone who is a master of Ghatam and someone who has been practising, learning and still playing at such an age is just super inspiring! While he was in his element of playing with the Ghatam, we were in our element of playing with the light. We wanted the whole shoot to be different and we sat down, brain stormed what we wanted and drew a mood board. We knew what our vision was and then we played with light. We shot for several hours and making every picture was an amazing process!

Musician: Vikku Vinayakram
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on @sonyalphain A7iii 
#amarramesh #musician #portraits #carnaticmusic #margazhi #indian #classical #music #instrumental #artist #art #creative #portraiture #ghatam #carnatic #inspiration #composition #sonyalphain
  • Shooting Vikku Vinayakram ji was an amazing experience. We made some really interesting portraits along with his son, and another amazing Ghatam musician, @ghatamumashankar! To have someone who is a master of Ghatam and someone who has been practising, learning and still playing at such an age is just super inspiring! And on the other hand Umashanker was super fun and lively to shoot with! We were in our element of playing with the light. We wanted the whole shoot to be different and we sat down, brain stormed what we wanted and drew a mood board. We knew what our vision was and then we played with light. We shot for several hours and making every picture was an amazing process!

We’ll soon put up a video deconstructing how we shot this picture but before that, I want you to take a guess on how we did it. We put ourselves at work well before the shoot for this one.

Musicians: Vikku Vinayakram & @ghatamumashankar 
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii
#amarramesh #studioa #musician #portraits #carnaticmusic #indianclassicalmusic #instrumental #artist #art #creative #lightplay #lights #photography #composition #creativity #music #carnatic #margazhi #sonyalphain
  • Shooting Vikku Vinayakram ji was an amazing experience. To have someone who is a master of Ghatam and someone who has been practising, learning and still playing at such an age is just super inspiring! While he was in his element of playing with the Ghatam, we were in our element of playing with the light. We wanted the whole shoot to be different and we sat down, brain stormed what we wanted and drew a mood board. We knew what our vision was and then we played with light. We shot for several hours and making every picture was an amazing process!

We’ll soon put up a video deconstructing how we shot this picture but before that, I want you to take a guess on how we did it. We put ourselves at work well before the shoot for this one.

Musician: Vikku Vinayakram
Edited by: @israeldavidsons 
Shot on: @sonyalphain A7iii
#carnatic #musician #ghatam #music #portraits #carnaticmusic #indianclassicalmusic #amarramesh #studioa #art #artist #creative #light #lightplay #margazhi #instrumental #portraiture #chennai #indian #classicalart
Amar is a passionate speaker, honing his stand on the professional stage. He takes pleasure in sharing his journey, the wisdom he has accumulated and the stories that inspired him to be more. Here are few of my recent talks.

My Topics

Power of Portraits

We live in a world where we get to meet each other even before getting to see each other in person. Yes, I am talking about digital media. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, websites… our visual identity is spread across the platforms and people check them out before meeting you up. As a speaker, it is important that you have powerful portraits and impactful videos to represent you online. They are the new age business cards and they just don’t reflect but talk for yourself. How can we make the most of this? That is what we are going to converse about in my talk titled “The power of Visual Identity in professional speaking” Get ready to unlock the power of portraits and videos, to your advantage.

Finding a Superpower in you

What happens when you are passionate about the WORK you do? What happens when you trust in the universe and commit yourself to get better in the WORK you do? What happens when you WORK everyday with all your heart and persevere with sheer discipline? You get to discover your SUPER POWER! This talk throws light on that from my life experiences. Relating WORK to SUPER POWER, I will share my story of how I discovered my SUPER POWER by doing what I always loved to do, to stand where I am today.

Moments from Recent Talks

Speaker | Amar Ramesh - Photographer,Traveller,Speaker,Wedding Photographer.Chennai,India