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November 30, 2020



Photography by Adesh Gaur
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Adesh Gaur is a documentary and fine art photographer currently based in Uttar Pradesh. The principal motivation behind his photographs is a focus on humanist issues combined with strong visual storytelling. What started as a passion for photography in 2018, has turned into Adesh's full time profession.

"Photography, to me, is the dewdrop that reflects my inner and outer worlds simultaneously."

TPL: Adesh please talk to us about your series of photographs that you have shared with us?

AG: As we all know, the whole world is struggling with a Coronavirus. It’s very difficult to live in a middle-class family. In this order I want to state and show you how the middle class people live in their own way, despite all these troubles these labors started go back to their own homes after working in Kanpur Cement Warehouse. I documented this series in Kanpur, India, post Lockdown.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?

AG: I am inspired by many and everywhere.

TPL: Is there anything you want to express through your photography?

AG: As we all know there's a story behind every picture and I love to share stories through my lens.

The places attract me much where a good story can be made and sometimes I love to take portraits of those people whose eyes have a different shine from others.

TPL: Do you prefer to photograph alone or with friends?

AG: I shoot most often with friends, sometimes it's good if you are a beginner to learn from others. But I also love to shoot alone so I can focus.

TPL: Who are your favourite artists and photographers?

AG: Steve McCurry, Alan Schaller, Daniel Milnor, Raghu Rai and Raghubir Singh.

TPL: Where is your favourite place to photograph?

AG: Everywhere I can get a good documentary photo.

TPL: How does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography?

AG: It's all about observation, but camera also matters. I love to shoot with my Canon camera. When I shoot portraits I love to use prime lenses and for wide shots I use 18-55mm lenses.

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

AG: Yes it is about migrants labour. But because of the Coronavirus I haven't been able to get out of the house for the six months, but as soon as things return to normal, I'll get back and get better stories.

TPL: What are some of your goals as an artist? Where do you see yourself or hope to see yourself in five years?

AG: My goal is to become a photojournalist. In the coming five years I see myself as a better photographer who will be moving forward with many achievements.

TPL: “When I am not out photographing, I (like to)…

AG: Read, watch documentaries and travel."