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Contemplative Photography With Mallika Rajkumar

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.

Mallika Rajkumar
Mallika Rajkumar


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:

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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:

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Telephone : 91 82975 10125


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  2. Deniz Deniz May 20, 2015

    Happy belated blog blitz day!

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  4. Sylvie Grayson Sylvie Grayson May 20, 2015

    What a great blog. The photos are amazing, and happy blitz day. Sorry to be late coming to the party but better late than never.
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    author of Suspense, spicy romance and attempted murder!

  5. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara May 18, 2015

    Such beautiful portraits…souls shine through in all of them.

  6. Parul Parul May 18, 2015

    Wow! Those are some beautiful photographs. Thanks for introducing Mallika to us. Good to know about her sessions 🙂

  7. Sarah Sarah May 17, 2015

    I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to make sure I stopped by and wished you a happy blitz day. 🙂

  8. Sabina Sabina May 17, 2015

    I’m late for the BLITZ! (Computer issues, ugh). I consider myself a photographer, although I’m not a professional, and this is something that I really aim to do with my art: show a different side of people or the world to illustrate its beauty or significance. Love that you call it “contemplative” because both artist & viewer are contemplating the work!

  9. Rhonda Albom Rhonda Albom May 17, 2015

    Stunning photos. The portraits capture the personalities. I enjoyed the interview too. Sorry I am late for blitz day, but glad I didn’t skip it.

  10. Samantha Bryant Samantha Bryant May 17, 2015

    What a lovely idea! I missed blitz day by a day, but I’m always happy to see the new blogs participating introduces me to. I’ll be back to check yours out another day!

  11. Debbie D. Debbie D. May 17, 2015

    Hi Corinne; I’m a day late, but hopefully it still counts! 🙂
    These portraits are wonderfully expressive. The photographer obviously has a great eye.
    Have a good weekend.

  12. suzanne suzanne May 16, 2015

    Those photos are beautiful 🙂 Sorry I’m late to the party, but belated happy blitz day! xx

  13. Michelle Wallace Michelle Wallace May 16, 2015

    Those pics are fabulous! Such a great eye…
    I know I’m a bit late….
    Happy Blog Blitz Day, Corinne! 🙂
    Hope you’ve enjoyed the flood of comments.

  14. Cynthia Cynthia May 16, 2015

    Nice pictures. Happy Blitz Day!

  15. Jeff Chapman Jeff Chapman May 16, 2015

    Beautiful photos and an uplifting positive way to view the world. Happy blitz day!!

  16. Toi Thomas Toi Thomas May 16, 2015

    This is a lovely post with beautiful pictures. I like to caputure moments in time or memories with my camera; not if it’s it art though. Happy Blitz Day!

  17. Jeff Hargett Jeff Hargett May 16, 2015

    The term is new to me, but those are some wonderful photographs. I especially like the Grandmotherly Love.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 16, 2015

      It’s something I’ve just discovered too, Jeff. Perhaps you recognized the photographer with her grandmother – a self-portrait of sorts! 🙂

  18. Eva Eva May 16, 2015

    I warned you that my alter-ego was coming back to BLITZ you again!! **BOP** You’ve been Blitzed again with a virtual snowball! I hope you enjoy the rest of the blitzing. Take care! Eva

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 16, 2015

      Thanks, Eva. You did. Appreciate both of you coming by! 🙂

  19. Trisha Trisha May 16, 2015

    Great photos – love to see photos from other cultures than my own 🙂

  20. Spacerguy Spacerguy May 16, 2015

    Thats an amazing backdrop of purple petunas hugging you in the first picture. Happy Blitz Day!

  21. Eva Eva May 16, 2015

    What beautiful pictures. You’ve been Blitzed!! I hope you enjoy your blitzing! My alter-ego will be around later to Blitz you again. Just giving you the heads up. 😀 Have a great day! Eva

  22. J.L. Campbell J.L. Campbell May 16, 2015

    I certainly don’t pay enough attention to the world around me. The flowers on that pictures are brilliant in colour.

  23. Susan Gourley Susan Gourley May 16, 2015

    The photographs are lovely. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blitz day

  24. Tyrean Martinson Tyrean Martinson May 16, 2015

    Beautiful photos! I love the attitude of contemplation and mindfulness for photography. 🙂
    Happy Blitz Day!

  25. Michelle4Laughs Michelle4Laughs May 16, 2015

    Thanks for the reminder to be mindful of the moment and the world around me.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  26. Christine Rains Christine Rains May 16, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful photographs! 🙂 Such rich details. Happy Blitz Day!

  27. Ella Ella May 16, 2015

    Such a lovely artist~ How wonderful!
    Happy Blitz Day to you-you have a lovely blog~

  28. Kate Kate May 15, 2015

    Beautiful photographs!

    Happy Blitz Day!

  29. Gina Ciocca Gina Ciocca May 15, 2015

    Gorgeous photos! I love those purple flowers. Happy Blitz Day!

  30. Corinne O'Flynn Corinne O'Flynn May 15, 2015

    what gorgeous photos!!! Glad
    To have found to through the blitz!

  31. Chippy Chippy May 15, 2015

    Lovely photos – Happy Blitz Day 🙂

  32. LuAnn Braley LuAnn Braley May 15, 2015

    Absolutely GORGEOUS photos! I usually don’t like photos taken of me (Yeah, I know), but if I lived … oh, /not/ on the other side of the world, I might be looking her up! Wonderful philosophy behind Mallika’s photos.

    Thanks for having Mallika on your blog today, Corinne. HAPPY BLITZ DAY! :O)

  33. NIcki Elson NIcki Elson May 15, 2015

    What a beautiful approach to photography – the emotion definitely shows in her work. Thanks for sharing this!

  34. Emma Adams Emma Adams May 15, 2015

    Happy blitz day! 🙂

  35. Pique Dan Pique Dan May 15, 2015

    Excellent photos.
    Even I try to capture the moments as they are.
    Learnt some important things

  36. Donna Smith Donna Smith May 15, 2015

    Writing and photography go so well together. It would be fun to take a Contemplative Photography class. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Blitz today!

  37. Julie Dao Julie Dao May 15, 2015

    What gorgeous pictures! I love the saturated colors of the flowers – so pretty! Happy Blitz Day!

  38. Beth Beth May 15, 2015

    absolutely beautiful, inspiring photos!! happy blitz! 🙂

  39. Corina Corina May 15, 2015

    Very interesting. I had not heard of contemplative photography but it certainly diss drum to fire in as a compliment to mindfulness.

  40. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri May 15, 2015

    Those were lovely potraits.
    Happy Blitz day Corinne 🙂

  41. L. Diane Wolfe L. Diane Wolfe May 15, 2015

    Her photos are stunning. Such vivid colors.

    Happy Blitz day!

  42. dolorah dolorah May 15, 2015

    You have a good eye for beauty Mallika. Those are awesome.

    Hi Corrine.

  43. Laura Laura May 15, 2015

    Those pictures are absolutely stunning. I love them.

  44. Connie Keller Connie Keller May 15, 2015

    What beautiful photographs–full of emotion!

    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

  45. Chrys Fey Chrys Fey May 15, 2015

    Those are lovely photos. I love photography.


  46. Zan Marie Zan Marie May 15, 2015

    What glorious photos! Thanks to you both for sharing!
    And Happy Blitz Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Natalie Aguirre Natalie Aguirre May 15, 2015

    I’ve never heard of this type of photography, but it looks interesting. And the pictures are gorgeous. Happy Blitz Day!

  48. Eileen Eileen May 15, 2015

    Her photographs are amazing. I love the one of the little baby with the yellow mitts.

    Oh, and happy blitz day!

  49. Mary Hill Mary Hill May 15, 2015

    Thanks for featuring this wonderful photographer. Happy Blitz Day too. 🙂

  50. AJ Lauer AJ Lauer May 15, 2015

    Oh, I love the richness of the colors in those photographs! How lovely 🙂
    Happy Blitz Day!

  51. Susanne Drazic Susanne Drazic May 15, 2015

    Happy Blitz Day!

  52. Robyn Campbell Robyn Campbell May 15, 2015

    I am in awe of people who make art with their camera. I plan to buy a camera this month.My photos will be nature inspired. Wish me luck. LOVE her portraits. Thank you for featuring Mallika.

    Happy Blitz Day!! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 15, 2015

      Good luck to you, Robyn! I bought a simple point and shoot earlier this year and am having fun with it!

  53. Heather M. Gardner Heather M. Gardner May 15, 2015

    Beautiful photographs! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lovely post.


    You’ve been blitzed, Corinne!
    Enjoy your day!


  54. Betty Betty May 15, 2015

    Such an interesting concept with the contemplative photography; I had not heard of that term before; but Malika’s work is beautiful! Loved the picture with the baby!

    Happy Blitz!


  55. Keith Channing Keith Channing May 15, 2015

    There is a delicate balance to be struck between becoming involved with the photograph one is taking and remaining a detached observer. It’s a study in itself.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  56. Dawn Allen Dawn Allen May 15, 2015

    Love the photography! Enjoy your Blitz day!

  57. DL Hammons DL Hammons May 15, 2015

    In many ways…photography is much like writing. A well composed snap shot can tell a story all by itself! Thank you for the interview.

    Oh…and btw…you’re being BLITZED! Enjoy. 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 15, 2015

      Yes, DL. Like they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.
      And a thousand thank yous for arranging a Blitz here today. Much appreciated. 🙂

  58. Barbara In Caneyhead Barbara In Caneyhead May 15, 2015

    Very interesting interview! Mallika\’s photography is stunning and her explanation of contemplative photography is direct and easy to understand. Thank you for sharing her work with us, Corrine! Dropping by as part of the Blitz. 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 15, 2015

      I’m so glad you liked it, Barbara. Thanks for dropping by. I’m enjoying my Blitz Day! 🙂

  59. Miranda Hardy Miranda Hardy May 15, 2015

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to learn how to do this.

    Happy Blitz Day, too!!

  60. Inderpreet Kaur Inderpreet Kaur May 15, 2015

    Such lovely portraits, they really catch the essence!
    By the way…
    You have been Blitzed!
    Happy blitz day.

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