Tripping on Photography - Auditya Venkatesh
Asian Photography|September 2021
A self-taught photographer, Auditya Venkatesh has created his own mark in the industry – he not only works with some of the tops brands all over the world, but also he has amassed a huge amount of followers across his social media platforms with the power of his creative and powerful imagery. Unlike most artists, Auditya doesn’t believe in limiting himself to one particular form of art; he has tasted success across art forms. From travel and architecture photography to working with worldfamous celebrities and brands, Auditya has worked across multiple genres of photography – not letting any one thing define him or his work. We spoke to him about his foray into photography, how he captures compelling stories with his phone camera and more. Excerpts:
NITYAPRIYA KALIYATH
From being a sketch artist in your childhood to being a CA-dropout-turned-photographer to a cinematographer, your journey has been quite interesting. Could you tell us more about it?

Interesting is exactly what it has been! I never really had a long-term plan at any stage in life, and so being a photographer wasn’t a part of the plan. Sketching and drawing is something that my mother encouraged me to do, and I credit her for teaching me how to see the world. Every other weekend when she was off work would be a new adventure. Either she’d bring some stencils for us to try, new types of pens and pencils, take us to her office to learn at their art and craft studio, or just a walk in the part trying to find shapes and patterns. She’s saved so many of my art projects over the years with so much care, and when I look back at them, it makes me value the process so much more each time. And because of this, observing things became a part of my routine. Along the way, with whatever limited access I had to cameras, I was very fascinated with the medium. Even in school I paid more attention to the cover page and the title of the assignment, than the subject I filled it with. CA was the profession chosen for me, as it so often happens, mainly because that’s what my dad believed had great potential as a career and he was looking out for me. But at some point, it didn’t feel like what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and so I dropped out, which caused some unrest at home. I then had to figure out what it is that I enjoyed doing, which is when photography turned out to be one of them. And so, I took time to learn the art and craft with the help of the internet, practiced every single day and, then tried to give it everything I have. There were many challenges along the way, but it also taught me many great life lessons.

Although you began your foray into photography as a travel photographer, you have worked across multiple genres like sports and architecture. Recently, you even worked as a cinematographer. How did this evolution take place?

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