I had the pleasure of attending a session on Contemplative Photography with Mallika Rajkumar during the Mindfulness For Intentional Living Workshop I attended recently. I was fascinated with the concept and in awe of this young woman who is so passionate about what she does.
Today, I’m happy to feature the Hyderabad based, Mallika Rajkumar and her beautiful pictures here and have her tell us something about contemplative photography.
Hi Mallika. Do introduce yourself to my readers.
I am Mallika Rajkumar and I am a portrait photographer. Choosing photography as a profession and working every day in learning this art is so fulfilling. Portrait photography involves an understanding of people, their emotions, body language and being able depict all that in a photograph. I believe powerful portraits happen when a
photographer merges into the environment and is accepted by people he/she is taking pictures of. It is also photographers’ skill to notice them and click at the right moment.
Take a look at some of the portraits I’ve shot:
You specialize in portraits. But what about your workshops?
Apart from portraits I do workshops on basics of photography and contemplative photography. My workshops are designed for people interested in photography and would like to explore their creativity through taking pictures.
Contemplative Photography? Do tell us more about that.
Contemplative photography is practising the art of photography with a focus on ‘seeing’ the beauty and richness of the world more clearly and in new ways.
“Contemplative photography is about seizing the present moment as one would delicately hold a poppy without shedding its petals. It is about non-attachment; one has nothing to lose and nothing to gain, but everything to offer to the eyes of the viewer.”—Matthieu Ricard, photographer and author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
The best part about Contemplative Photography is that one need not be a photographer to practice this. Although, for all photographers, this is something innate. I encourage people to ‘see’ and ‘feel’ things around them in my workshops on Contemplative Photography. It could be any interesting pattern, or color or a human behavior. Once you learn how to see, you will learn how to capture them. And this is where photography bit comes in. Aesthetics of photography is also part of the workshop. Photographs taken need to be a reflection of one’s personality and vision and I help them build it.
How does Contemplative Photography fit in with the concept of Mindfulness?
The objective of Contemplative photography is to pay closer attention to the world around you and to live in the present moment, just what mindfulness is all about!
It is a great pleasure to be doing a workshop with Aarathi Selvan, Psychologist and a Mindfulness Guide. Her mindfulness workshops are designed for people to explore their creative side through art. And including photography makes a perfect amalgamation.
My next contemplative photography workshop is on 23rd May in Hyderabad. Please check this event page for more details:
Portfolio and contact details:
Website : www.mallikarajkumar.com
Telephone : 91 82975 10125