Hi Vijey, please tell us a little bit about you.
Hi Archive! I’m a Still Life and Drinks Photographer & Director based in sunny Los Angeles. I was born and brought up in India, but I’m terrible at cooking Indian food, even when follow my mom’s recipes (she makes it better). My work has won numerous awards and nominations but apart from Photography, I love playing video games and endlessly browsing at Barnes & Nobel!
When did you first know you wanted to be a photographer and how long have you been taking pictures?
The thought crossed my mind multiple times but late 2015 was when I decided to give photography my 100%. I didn’t want to overthink my decision, so I quit engineering university, packed my bags, move to United States and join Brooks institute of photography. I was focused on being a lifestyle photographer, but soon I discovered my unexplored love for Still Life and Liquids. After assisting other photographer I stepped out to start my own career in 2019.
You’re inspired by who or what?
Eminem. He’s a genius! His word play inspires me to push boundaries in photography.
How has the pandemic affected you?
The young 20 something emerging artist starting a career during a global pandemic? It was fun ! haha.
The pandemic has given me an opportunity to view the industry in a different perspective. Everything I learnt about marketing myself through school and assisting had to go out the door since the world was changing fast. I used to live stream video games on twitch, that helped me a lot with live streaming my test shoots, so producers and creatives can join live and check out how easy attending a photoshoot can be without physically being on set. THEY LOVED IT!
I’ve even meet a lot of creatives through LinkedIn, some of them were laid off due to the pandemic and we decided to collaborated together and coming up with concepts to shoot some portfolio work. We ended up creating some amazing work together which was nominated for ADC awards.
So, I wouldn’t say the pandemic has affected me in a negative or a positive way. It’s a learning experience and another milestone I had to cross.
What is your take on the future of advertising?
The Market will only grow bigger and bigger since there are more and more platforms to advertise in. Budgets might shrink, but the frequency of jobs will grow with it!
What would be your dream job?
My Mini Bar is always stocked up with two of my favorite drinks Jack Daniels and Diet Coke. So a collaboration between the two brands, and I get to shoot the campaign? HELL YES !
Which do you prefer, still or motion?
I love to shoot stills, but its a tiny bit more fun to shoot motion.
Instagram or Facebook or…?
Facebook, Reddit - For Memes.
Instagram, LinkedIn - Work.
Steam - Gaming!!!
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