In this new ongoing series "5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…" we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time Mumbai's Digital Marketer and Photographer Kumar answered these questions and prepared a gallery of his photos.
Name: Kumar Jhuremalani
Occupation: Digital Marketing Consultant
City, Country: Mumbai, India
Tell us something about yourself.
By profession I am a Digital Marketer, but by passion I am many things more. I took up photography as a serious hobby back in 2006, the time I bought my first film SLR (which I still use) and have not looked back
since. I also have a passion for board games, which is why I run India’s largest board games community —Board Games Bash) and another passion is food, which lead me to start Pet Pujaris). I love building communities and hanging around with like minded people. Back to photography, my photos have been on display at various exhibitions, back in 2010 when Flickr visited India, my photo was one of the few selected to be printed.
During the Art Conspiracy, a couple of my photos were on exhibition and the most recent exhibition has been at Bagel Shop when two of my photos were up and one of them actually got sold. That was one of the
highest achievements points in my so called photography career.
Why do you still shoot analogue?
Analogue makes me think before I shoot. I don’t go shutter crazy with an analogue camera, it keeps me in check. Also, the fact that you don’t know the result till your film is developed and then getting something that you had hoped for and sometimes getting a shot that’s even better gives me a huge sense of accomplishment.
What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
Sony Alpha 580 DSLR attached with a kit lens, a Minolta 50mm f1.7 prime lens, a Minolta Dynaxx 3 film SLR and my Lomography Fisheye No.2.
Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
When I’m out with friends at some restaurant or pub, in the middle of a conversation or when I ask them a question directly and when they start to talk I spring out my Fisheye cam with flash on and blast it in their face. Yes it does irritate the hell out of them, but you get such amazing expressions with a shot like that.
Who are the photographers that influence your work?
I think Henri Cartier-Bresson is an inspiration to the whole genre of photography. Along with him there are many people that inspire my work, but over and above that are the photographs themselves that inspire me. I may find myself liking a single pic out of a whole series from a particular person, but that really inspires me. Right now, I am following the works of Sasha Gusov.