National Award with a basic DSLR Kit – An Exclusive Interview with Shrikant Shimpi
We are privileged to bring you an exclusive interview with national award winning photographer Mr. Shrikant Shimpi. Lets try to get into the heart of a genuinely humble person who stands tall with his only passion of photography. With lakhs of fans waiting to have an insight of the thought process which makes it possible to accomplish great successes; we got a chance to interview Shrikant at a cosy cafe in Pune.
Gaurav : Hello Shrikant , we are privileged to have you with us, thanks for taking out time for this interview. First things first; we wish you heartiest congratulations on getting the national award for outstanding work in the field of photography. Five years in photography with a basic DSLR and landing up with a national award. How does it feel looking back ?
Shrikant : Looking back it is a surreal feeling and more a reason now to bask in the glory of what I’ve accomplished, it feels great and I hope to continue with my success this year. More importantly, I believe that “You are a unique individual who sees the world differently than anyone else”. Photography is not about the equipment, it is about your emotion, composition, the subject you choose, lighting and mostly about passion. Yes equipment helps and basic technical skills are necessary but a creative and imaginative person with an entry level camera will always excel an uninspired photographer with the top class equipment. Many miracles happened in my journey as a photographer where a person normally confined to the four walls of a room became alike with nature. When I look back I feel that hobby, friendship, nature and immense passion blended well together to form Shrikant Shimpi and the award has raised the responsibility now.
Gaurav : You are mostly a self-learned man, what were the challenges you faced during your journey and where did you received motivation from ?
Shrikant : To be honest it was just a hobby and the goal was to seek pleasure out of it. The journey starts with many obstacles and while the struggle is on, it is important to self-learn and grow continuously. I am not taught photography skills by a coach; otherwise I would have trapped myself into becoming a replica of my coach. I am happy to have unknowingly relied on the natural talent that I might have. An unalloyed heart without any goals but having a self-belief and readiness to put maximum efforts towards your passion are very important for me. I am a kind who believes in a sensitive mind and accomplishments that come from a creative and Artistic brain. This journey will continue without any targets for me as I am unaware of the challenges that lay in the path even when you don’t have a fixed destination. I would prefer to enjoy the journey than worry about the destination. As they say…
Gaurav : You like to travel a lot and you shoot beautiful landscapes, is it the love of paintings that motivate you to shoot landscapes ? Explain the moment when you decided to get into professional photography ?
Shrikant : When I started, I just kept enjoying the nature and the camera was accompanying me so whatever beautiful I could see, I would capture to see it again on the computer and to show my loved ones. It slowly developed in the interest to take photos and a will to keep them making better and better. To be a professional Photographer was never my aim, by simply to take pictures on my journey, that’s why there was no motive or any incident that inspired me to become a professional photographer it just happened automatically. I never really thought of myself as an artist, to begin with… until beautiful pictures kept popping on my computer screen..
Gaurav : Did your early photographic goals include earning a living from photography, or did it start as a way to express yourself creatively ?
Shrikant : Initially, it was the charm of the adventure and the opportunity to experience places and events. It was never an aim of earning for me. Today, there is no other joy than earning from the most loved thing in your life. It was not a pre decided career for me and that’s why there was no specific goal only pure passion for photography. I don’t accept just to work for an award I am always inspired by my conscious mind to do my creative work.
Gaurav : Your creativity and passion certainly seems to be the main reasons for your vast success but whom would you like to thank on the way of your journey ?
Shrikant : First of all I would thank God for this beautiful nature that is created.
Image Creates Frames,
Frames Creates Picture,
Picture creates Personality – Shrikant Shimpi.
Photography has certainly created my personality and I would like to thank my mother in the first place and without naming anyone, my close friends without whom this journey couldn’t be possible.
Gaurav : What astonishes your fans is the fact that you use a basic camera gear and are able to produce such amazing pictures. What advice would you like to give budding and aspiring photographers ?
Shrikant : As I said earlier, equipment does not really matter, what matters is how passionate you are to use your equipment to its fullest potential. I am still learning and haven’t achieved the milestone to advise my fans but I would make a generalized statement “Figure out what your passion is, and then pursue that passion; work hard towards it and you will find your success.” One thing someone can do to improve their photography skills is being an honest self-critic. If you can judge your mistakes and know exactly what you want, then you can correct them and get closer to your desired results. Also, compare your work with photographers that you admire. Determine what the differences are between your work and theirs, and then go about addressing those differences.
Gaurav : After a great milestone of winning a national award, what’s next for Shrikant Shimpi ? Should we expect many more astonishing landscapes and extravagant wedding pictures from you or do you have some rabbit under your sleeve that you would like to share with us ?
Shrikant : Whatever I did so far was just an experiment that blossomed into real success and now I think I am ready to explore new dimensions and move to the next generation photography. I would like to try my hands on Portrait, and all other streams of photography. I would love to discover beautiful landscapes across the globe. Also, I want to take photography to social causes, to help poor & helpless people, I am worried about preservation of archaeological sites and historical monuments, forts, forests. I wish to raise awareness towards these issues through my photography along with Swachata Abhiyan & help create such awareness in today’s generation.
That was Shrikant Shimpi , straight from the heart. We wish him all the very best for the future and assure support in his endeavors for social causes in the best way possible. Visit Shrikants website for wonderful pictures www.eshrikant.com and read stories of his journey at www.eshrikant.com/blog. Stay tuned for more intriguing encounters and subscribe with us for the best in the photography world.