Portraiture

From a mask-maker posing in his dim-lit shop surrounded by masks to a farmer beginning to sing and dance as he gets photographed, many of my portraits are environmental portraits. I prefer the idea of people being comfortable in their space as they are photographed. I attempt to photograph people the way they want to be seen rather than how the photographer wants to see them.

“May I photograph you?” As I ask this question – either using words or by gestures – many people tend to become stiff while many others have their own pose that they prefer to be photographed in. They also come up with objects they would like to hold or to be present in the picture. The expression that follows as people see themselves on camera screen or in print is priceless.

A successful, interesting portrait to me is the one where people can express how they feel, where they are themselves. This collection is an attempt to stand true to that.

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July 2021, Pokhara, Nepal: A sadhu posing for a picture in a residential neighbourhood
Portrait of a girl at a village in Da Lat, Vietnam.
November 2020, Pokhara: A young girl posing for a picture in her festive clothes ahead of Tihar festival
March 2020, Kathmandu: A ‘sadhu’ poses for a picture
2018, Ajmer, Rajasthan: A milkman with orange turban and big moustache smiles at camera
2018, Ajmer, Rajasthan: A milkman in colourful turban poses for a picture
October 2018, Pushkar: A ‘sadhu’ poses for a portrait at Pushkar Ghat, Rajasthan
July 2018, Hoi An, Vietnam: A floating candle seller’s face lit up by candle light
A man sitting outside his house, Bardiya village, Nepal.
A woman poses for a picture in front of the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam.
A street vendor poses for a picture after her broken binocular is somewhat fixed by the photographer.
A young girl in Pokhara, Nepal poses for a picture
A girl at a wedding in Pokhara, Nepal asks to be photographed.
Girls wearing Ao Dai costume pose for a picture in Hoi An.