“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”— Eve Arnold
Court, Laws, Clients, Cases…well..that’s all comes to our mind when we imagine a lawyer. But beyond those legal surroundings lies a human being with a passion for other things in life. And Bhaskar Dev Konwar, the designated Senior Advocate of Gauhati High Court is such an example! Being in a full-time profession he is also an established photographer of Assam.
It is almost difficult to carry on two different things at the same time. Advocacy is something that requires a lot of time and dedication. While Photography also requires a good amount of longanimity. As they say, “When there is a will, there is a way”.
Bhaskar Dev Konwar found a way out of his advocacy life to delve into capturing pictures through his lenses. He is an inspiration for those who find it hard to balance things in life. When you are passionate about something, you will always find time to pursue it. No matter What.
To be a good photographer, a camera is not enough. You all will agree. Won’t You? Of course, it will require a lot of effort, passion, motivation, ambition, hard work, and a swaggering spirit.
Mr. Konwar has proved that putting all the hard work and dedication in all you do can bring happiness in life. It also helps to balance passion and profession at the same time.
So, This World Photography Day, Bhaskar Dev Konwar let his heart out in an exclusive chit-chat with Inside Chronicle:
First of all, Warm wishes on World Photography Day to you. You are a well-known lawyer of Assam. But you are also a passionate photographer! Tell us about it? How did it begin? Do you have formal training as a photographer?
On the occasion of World Photography Day, 2021 I express my warm wishes to all who are passionate about life in photography, which is more than reality. After I became a designated Senior Advocate of GHC, I sought an extension to unleash my creativity in photography.
As a child, I was fascinated by SLR cameras and in the late ’90s the first camera that I got to use was a borrowed Yashica SLR camera. With it, I started as a freelance press photographer for a couple of years until I joined Doordarshan Kendra Guwahati as a Production Assistant (casual). After I joined the legal profession photography took a back-seat till I started traveling around the world with a Sony point and shoot camera. The remuneration for photography was very less in those years and it was difficult to sustain it.
I had never undergone any formal course in photography and it was all self-learning. With the advent of technology, the learning process became easier and now there are many online tutorials and master classes by renowned photographers to guide anyone interested in photography.
What genres of photography are you interested in? Is there anyone that inspired you to become a photographer?
I am passionate about fashion and glamour photography but also love to do travel stories and food photography. I was a runway fashion photographer at Lakme Fashion Week, which is one of the best fashion events in India, promoting sustainable and eco-friendly next-generation fashion.
I love gadgets and technology, which inspired me to become a photographer and to present my vision to the world.
Is it hard to balance two different pole-apart professions with your busy schedule?
Both advocacy and photography require a keen sense of observation to express a feeling or an emotion. With effective time management, it is not difficult to pursue your interest but people find it difficult to connect a lawyer as a fashion photographer. It hurts when people fail to appreciate that a person can have two different identities comfortably blending the two without any conflict.
Exactly what it is you want to say with your photograph? How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I want to portray the natural beauty of women, which tells a story about herself or the garment. My photo travel stories have to inspire people to explore the places and experience the joy of visiting those places.
My photography skills were developed by trial and error with lots of practice sessions in the home studio. I try to keep myself update with the latest developing techniques in photography and also follow some well-known brands to understand their commercial viability.
Tell us about which model of camera you use for photography? Your Gears?
I use a Canon 1 DX Camera and recently procured a canon mirrorless camera for short video stories. Alternatively, I use Elinchrom and Godox equipment for lighting my subjects. I also use a Loupedeck and Wacom Cintiq pro tablet as an editing tool.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I wished that if I had the opportunity to learn photography in a reputed institution, lots of money and time would have been saved. Photography is not only a skill but one have to be familiar with the latest technology and software, which makes things convenient.
What type of editing software do you use to complete your photographs?
Lots of time is saved if a photograph is taken correctly during a shoot. I prefer a natural look for my models and am not very fond of edited plastic beauty plus images. I am an authorized user of Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Lightroom, Capture 21, Photo Mechanic, and Photo Polish software for editing. Recently, I have also started using Insta 360o software.
Any message you want to give to our readers?
Today any person with a mobile phone camera can click amazing pictures Technology with equipment can only make the life of a photographer easier and efficient. Just like a good kitchen doesn’t guarantee good food, likewise, an expensive camera may miss the moment to take an amazing picture. The present time is to express oneself by a photograph that speaks many words and reflects varied emotions. So keep clicking pictures and share them with the world.