In our 'In the Spotlight' series, here we bring an interview of another inspiring Photographer Aman Chotani.
1. About you: Tell us about the place, where you were born; your education, and profession.
I tell stories through my pictures, I live experiences through my journey. A Professional Travel Photographer from Delhi who has found acclaim across major exhibitions and brands. My motto is to travel to beautiful, rusty, adventurous locations to capture untold stories, unseen traditions and unprecedented experiences.
2. Your photography experience: Tell us since when you've been taking pictures. When did you start taking photography seriously?
When I was doing my BA Cinema, I realized that Photography is something I really want to do in life. I went to Mumbai first to get some experience in film making and worked in an ad agency for about 6 months and then slowly slowly I realized that this was not what I was yearning to become.
Still undecided about my career, I packed my bags and joined advanced diploma course in Photography in Durban, South Africa. I did not really enjoy going to college for theoretical knowledge. I loved doing practicals, I enjoyed assisting photographers. This helped me a lot to garner the real art of photography. I also assisted Nat Geo photographer Louis Klyenhans. I assisted him for an year and worked with him as a second photographer in many projects.
When young I came across a sentence that changed my path forever. It goes this way and I quote “The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.” And that something for me was photography. I live, breathe and dream about pictures, compositions, lines, symmetry and colors. They are the variables that run my life.
3. What are your key areas of photography - travel/street/landscape/wildlife/wedding/portraits/commercial? What makes you click? What have been your biggest achievements so far? What camera/lenses do you use and why?
I always call myself a Professional Travel Photographer, because I earn from travel photography and It sounds quite cool also. And if you know you are good and there are people say that to you all the time. Nothing is better than that feeling. And being a traveler you learn a lot of patience and respect in life. Respect towards people, culture, places but the most amazing part is the experience. You live with it.
But the need to face a lot of problems. First thing is you miss your family time, birthdays, celebrations, special occasions. It was almost five years I didn’t celebrate Diwali or new years at home and even sometimes my parents birthday.
The biggest Success for me was when my dad saw my pictures in newspapers, read about me in magazines and finally watched me on the National Geographic Channel on TV. I think this is the biggest achievement for any child, to make their parents proud.You feel all the hardwork , all the struggle was worth it for that smile on their faces.
Camera - Nikon D800 and Lenses 24-70 f2.8, 14-24 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8
5. What are your sources of inspirations? Do you have some favorite photographers? How do you keep yourself motivated? How do you approach people for their pictures?
Cinema has always been a source of inspiration, real life stories and biographies. Steve Mccurry, Joey l and Nick Brandt are my fav photographers. Watch amazing movies, I don’t have to approach people, it just comes to me.
6. What piece of advice do you wish to give to aspiring/budding photographers, fans, and readers of the post?
Never give up, trust yourself and keep working hard. If you believe in yourself and keep doing what you love to do, people will notice and give you an opportunity to make it big.
If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite