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The Peaks Of Glory

As told to Unnati Sagar

Unnati Sagar

How has growing up around cameras and darkroom helped you hone your photographic skills?

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that I have literally been raised in a darkroom, as my late father—B. K. Dilwali (1909-2001) was a professional photographer. I have spent my childhood around the studio and have observed how things happened. It was very different back then! So much, that I think, I might pen down my thoughts one day, about the wave of change that I have witnessed in the imaging industry since 1952 - the time I started pursuing photography using a Brownie which was gifted to me by my father when I was just eight years old. It used a 127 film square size format with twelve exposures. The time that I spent around my father’s studio gave me an opportunity to learn about portraiture, film development in tanks, print enlargements, retouching large negatives and glazing glossy prints using the glazing machine. I also learnt how matte prints were pressed in a mounting machine, and much more. I can say, that just by observing the work of people at the studio, I have gained immense knowledge about photography and the techniques involved in image-making.

What is it that you like the most about landscape photography?

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