Chenthil Mohan, a finalist of the Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 2012, and winner of the ‘couple portraiture’ category writes about his tryst with the camera, and his love affair with wedding photography
My passion- my profession
From my early childhood, I knew there was something strange about me. I always saw the world and its people as a sort of storyboard where everyone was living their own private drama. People fascinated me but traditional definitions of society did not. I was heading towards a cynical disconnect with the world, until I re-discovered myself through photography.
What started out as an adolescent tryst with the camera ended in a love affair with photography. A business graduate from IIM, not too long ago I was a Sales guy by day and an adventurous photographer by night. I was into IT Sales- I worked with companies like Jobsahead, Oracle and 2i Infotech. Today, I feel I am privileged to turn my passion into my profession. Initially, I started out doing just the Candid/Photo-journalistic take on a wedding. Weddings these days comes in different shapes and sizes. The needs are unique. So now, along with a team, I’ve been offering the whole nine yards, which includes traditional video, short film, et al.
Wedding Photographer of the Year (WPOY) Awards
One of my images from the first wedding I shot got shortlisted for the first WPOY in 2009 . Post that, I had kept away from the competition in the subsequent years. In 2012, I believed that through a competition like WPOY, I could reach out to a larger audience to see my work.
My winning entry was a memorable experience and a challenge rolled into one. Post two recce of the shoot location (Rushikonda Beach,Vishakapatnam) we woke the couple at 4 am and reached the beach by 5 am hoping to catch a beautiful sunrise. We were in for a surprise; a movie crew was already filming on location and instead of a clear sky we experienced a gentle drizzle and cloudy sky. We had to improvise instantly. With the gushing wind and flying duppatta, post a few re-takes I was punching the air after nailing the shot.
‘At weddings unique moments present themselves plentifully to the discerning photographer’
All human lives are made up of the tiny moments of joy and sadness that we treasure forever. My photography is a near-perfect representation of my state of mind and its interpretation of the world around me. I tell stories with my camera. Each photo represents a unique moment suspended in time, capturing emotions, telling an entire story through a frame. Weddings are a time of heightened emotions, a time when when unique moments present themselves plentifully to the discerning photographer.
I truly believe that no photograph is ordinary. Often, looking at things from a new perspective, an alternate dimension, the odd angle, or different light makes even the mundane special. Everything and everyone around me has a story to tell and I am waiting with a camera to capture it.
Venue- Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Outfits- Priya Chhabria (Bride) and Studio Aboutir (Groom)
Jewellery- Curio Cottage
Makeup & Hairstyling- Christine Valmy Institute
Accessories- Adamis, Mumbai