IN CONVERSATION WITH VAJRADHAR ACHARYA
Indian photographer Vajradhar Acharya is now based in the United Kingdom for university studies. Describing himself as "a lover of good light and a clicker of pictures", Vajradhar is an explorer of the mundane and admirer of common people living their daily lives.
When did you start getting interested in photography?
I was always a creative person and almost went on to study art professionally. I still love woodworking and painting and they are something that I try to regularly do besides photography, but photography has been my main hobby ever since my dad bought me my first camera for my 15th birthday, six years ago.
Who are your favourite artists/photographers? Who has mostly influenced your style?
My favourite artists have to be Edward Hopper, Van Gogh and Saul Leiter and they have influenced my photography the most along with all the numerous artists I follow on Instagram who have impacted my work in one way or another.
Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?
I haven't quite managed to get a signature style I can call my own and it is very much in flux at the moment and it does change slightly every day and I look forward to see where it takes me.
Where is your favourite place to shoot?
I don't have a favourite place because I haven't travelled a lot, but my home town called Miraj in India and South Bank in London have to be on top of my small list!
Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?
I think equipment is important in the sense that it shouldn't hinder your creativity but I find that most modern cameras are pretty good in that regard, so it doesn't matter much.
What characteristics do you think you need to become a photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre?
I consider myself to be an absolute beginner but my advice to people starting out would be to just go out and shoot as much as possible because practice makes perfect.
Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?
I have very much been into art since childhood and painting landscapes with oil pastels has been one of my favourite hobbies for a long time now.
Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?
The current projects I'm working on are called "Smoking Kills" which is about normal people looking cool when they smoke but at the same time, alluding to the dangers of the habit and "People on Phones" which is obviously about people busy with their phones and tries to show our relationship with the ubiquitous gadget.
If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...
If I hadn't received my first camera 6 years ago, I would very much still be actively involved with woodworking and painting but I'm too busy these days to do either of those and photography is currently my most favoured just because it is much more accessible than either of those.
Thank you Vaj!