I had consciously allowed whatever little creativity that was within to become a forever memory as that beautiful thing called a candid shot. So, one day I noticed this amazing performer Anjani posing Bharatnatyam. This was the first time for me to provide an emotional window to this beautiful creation - a woman and it is an ode to her.
By exploring the different lenses of culture, mythology, and religion, finally, my lens expressed the myriad of emotions which define her. She dons many hats that test the limits of her endurance. She could be as mythical as Rukmini to know that Lord Krishna, the centre of the universe belongs to her or celestial being Radha – a true devotee, or as real as your girl next door, but she is the centre of all my art. My art is a humble attempt at capturing her essence and is my tribute to her performance with such grace.
Here, the joy is as clear as the sky in the background, a person can easily connect with the celebrations in her moves, in her pose or even eyes. The feeling of shyness with cheeks turning red, matching the sky in the back is such a marvellous moment to display.
Like smiles, photographs are the universal language. When I started doing photography as a hobby, people started making fun saying “there is no fun left in medical science anymore”. I am a doctor by profession. Taking photography as a hobby turned into a passion for me. It was like a medium to interact with the outside world and not get caught in my turtle shell. I see photos as staying with a moment. You can hold those moments in your hand lifelong. It can defeat time for once.
Forceps, knife or Canon I can run both with equal efficiency now and proofs are my patients and these photos with a stunning array of colours and visuals. Photographs have a language, yes, they speak. They can educate you, wake you up, shake you up. In history, we have seen images that shook the world.
Every photo I click tells a story. For me, this is to show the world what I see at any cost, suffer hardships, roaming in extreme weather, patiently wait for hours for just one click, take extraordinary risks, all to capture and convey the story. It is a journey which tells me “May you never stop”
Dr Vimal Hemani
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