Day Two at #DPF2015 Oct 31

Sony Alpha Photo Talk with Andrew Scriven

Andrew Scriven is an award winning British Travel and Wildlife Photographer.

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The morning saw him speak to photographers about his work and his use of the Sony A7 series, which has been his primary equipment since the early part of this decade. With the Sony A7 he has shot his award winning work.

Andrew while discussing his work on wildlife photography emphasized on how hum beings need to remember that they too are a part of earth’s wildlife and humanity needs to stop deceiving itself, thinking otherwise.

He further went on to talk about 36 simpler ways to monetize one’s photography. Photographers should look at photographing:

1. People
2. Couples
3. Weddings
4. Families
5. Boudoir
6. Maternity
7. Birth
8. Babies
9. Fashion
10. Events
11. Headhots
12. Music
13. Sports
14. Corporate Portrits
15. Team Portraits
16. School Portraits
17. Graduation Portraits
18. Food
19. Pets
20. Architecture
21. Travel
22. Products
23. Real Estate
24. Social Media
25. Business Promotions
26. Set Up photo booths
27. Editorial and Journalistic Work
28. Aerial and Drone Photography
29. Scientific Photography
30. Teach Photography
31. Be a back up shooter
32. Run Photo walks
33. Edit and retouch
34. Sell Prints
35. Hold an exhibitions
36. Sell stock photos

Artist Talks
Nandan Ghiya
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Nandan Ghiya started his presentation with his work, deFacebook, where he ‘defaces’ images to create his art. Nandans work navigates through many forms, and attempts to bridge the divide between our physical and digital worlds.
Nandan spoke of his becoming an artist as an act of rebellion against his family- traditional rajasthani art dealers. His father’s extreme protectiveness towards his art lead Nandan to rebel by defacing the first traditional studio portrait he was able to buy- starting him off on his journey of bringing the digital space into the physical space. By hand painting pixels and other digital icons onto vintage photographs, Nandan juxtaposes the physical and digital, and said that it was his attempt to make the traditional studio portait relevant in times of prolific digital imagery.
Nandan listed google searches, digital banner ads, pop ups, and errors and glitches as ‘food for thought’ and ‘digitalises’ the old by meshing in elements that inspired him.

Olivia Arthur

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Olivia Arthur spoke about her starting her photo career in India, when she moved here with her family after studying mathematics at university. She spoke of her interest in stories, and wanting to tell stories through pictures. She considers herself a slow photographer and likes to spend time on her projects, often going back many times to look for deeper connections. She also spoke of her preference for medium format cameras as they slowed her down, forcing her to really look at what she was photographing, and being deliberate about it.
During her time in India she became increasingly interested in telling stories about women, and has persued that interest with many of her projects revolving around women and their personal lives. Her interest in the East- West cultural divide started when she traveled along countries along the europe- asia border, and she found compelling stories of young women whose lives were affected by political and social unrest.
In speaking about her book Strangers, she explaied her choice of using transparent paper as a way of expressing the isolation and confusion she felt in dubai, while also layering it with the history and legend of the shipwreck, her starting reference for the whole project.

Rob Hornstra & Arnold Van Bruggen
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Rob and Arnold spoke at length about their five-year collaboration on the Sochi Project, which they decided to do when Vladimir Putin first announced in 2008 that the 2014 winter olympics would be held in Sochi.

Taking us through their often tumultuous, but super adventurous journey through the sanatoriums and singing parlours of Sochi and its surrounding poverty and strife ridden regions like Abhkazia and the Caucasus, Rob and Arnold reiterated the beauty of ‘Slow Photography’ and its immersive experiences.

Roger Ballan
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Roger Ballan’s talk spanned the length of his career, beginning in India when he visited during the hippy revolution of the 70’s. He spoke of an image he made in India as being the start of his fascination with the formal and minimal in his photographic practice. Ballan spoke of his work having evolved from the documentary to a more documentary fiction language over the years.
In his inimitable prose, Ballan spoke with intensity of his need to find a moment, that would enter his mind and the mind of the viewer and bury itself in your mind forever, images that go deep inside you and have the power to transform you. His work is all about making connections between your present and your past, in the process bringing more layers to the image. He said the business of photography is about finding the visual relationships in front of you. Images that follow you around, are the ones that become famous.
Working almost exclusively in Johannesburg, where he has lived for over 30 years, Ballan likes to investigate and insert himslef into the lives and spaces on the fringes of society- in the process, not only taking stunning photographs, but also giving back by assisting the people he meets in any way he can.

Book Launch: Roznaama, by Amit Mehra

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After the artist talks, photographer Amit Mehra launched his latest book, Roznaama. Shot entirely on the Iphone, Mehra described this latest project as a love affair between him, his daughter and the iphone. He said that the idea of the book came a few years ago when he became a father and had to spend a lot of time at home babysitting her. To get out the stagnant feeling of baby sitting and not being able to pursue his photo work, and upon being gifted an iphone, Mehra decided to look at his own world more closely, and for the first time brought his family into the focus of his lens. He described the book as being a collection of single images that represent his most cherished memories from the past two years.

Evening Screenings programme at #DPF2015 commences
Projections
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Sohei Yasui | Dorian Francois | Monica Tiwari | Jost Franko
| Saurabh Prasad | Luo Dan Carl De Keyzer Nishant Shukla
| Jean Depara | Kushal Ray | Ronny Sen | Karthik Subramanium
| Jeihao Su | Sophal Neak | Mansi Thapliyal | Sophie Gamand
Performance
Sahil Vasudeva with photos of Igor Posner & Ballet book by
Alexei Brodovitch

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