Kerala Tourism Photography
Photo Credit : Guru Charan
Kerala Tourism Photography showcases a few photographs by Guru Charan .This photo shoot taken from Alleppey,Cochin and Kollam.
A Note about the Photographer
Guru Charan is a street photographer from Bengaluru. An IT engineer by profession, he found his calling in Street photography.
Guru’s unique brand of simple yet intimate photography has seen him shoot to fame among various photography circles across the world.
His ideology towards photography can be best summed up as “Content is more important than form”.
To express the same in photographic analogy is to say that expression and feel are most important aspects of a photograph. He have tried layering and/or heavy composition with multiple characters filling the frame but alas he found that even though the photograph was composed perfectly, it was lacking in expression and thus making it harder for the viewer to empathize with the subject. Therefore when he photograph he give paramount importance to expression and go for a simple but more intimate composition, lifting the subject out of its chaotic surroundings into a more serene world for his viewer to comprehend.
He listens, feel, observe and let his heart guide his lens. If something catches his fancy, he clicks.
For a viewer to empathize with the subject, first the photographer must empathize with it. He love to interact with my subjects, he interact with everyone from the tiny tots to the elderly, learn their story and try to express what he felt through his photographs. He never adopt a rigid shooting style instead, he go with the flow, taking whatever the universe offers him. Sometimes he take a step back and let the story naturally unfold or when clarity is needed he get into the midst of things.
He wouldn’t call it evolution, he adapt to the seasons and the surroundings. For example, during summer one get good golden light during golden hour which makes for good back-lit photos, when it’s cloudy you have soft light which makes for good portraits, during the monsoon one have freshness in the air, come October and early November the festival season sets in and brings with it a wave of energy, winter is also special with fog and mist dancing about leaving us gloomy and sleepy. It’s not the photographer who evolves but it is the world that is constantly changing, they are nothing but an observer, observing, adapting and documenting.
He shoot the lion’s share of his pictures with either my 85mm f/1.8 or 14-24mm lens. The lens selection comes down whether he is looking to emphasize the emotion or offer a different perspective. He use his 85mm to get close and isolate those elusive emotions.Whenever there is good light he go wide with his 14-24mm lens to get a more wholesome composition with leading lines, frames, etc. It also gives his photos that distorted perspective which he crave.
To be frank his photography is very simple photography with more emphasis on emotion. It is this simplicity he feels that helps a wide range of viewers connects with my work. He doesn’t really look to cater to a specific audience because that will make his work repetitive.