How often do you meet a college student who is already one of the most prominent fashion photographers in the twin cities? Recently we caught up with Bhargav Mishra, who is a 3rd Year Engineering student at Silicon College, Bhubaneswar.
Excerpts from the interview :
Q- How did it all start for you? When and where did you start photography?
There was a time when I used to model for my friends Ranvir Deb and Swayam Satta Swain. I was not much into Photography then. Graphic designing/animation was my only passion. It occurred to me what if I try to utilize my graphic designing skills in photography. I immediately picked my uncle’s Canon Powershot and started taking random shots. I immensely enjoyed it. Eventually I got addicted to photography. I was 18 then and today I am so glad to say that I have found my forte. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would even think of photography as a profession.
Q – As a fellow photographer and one of your fans, I think the locations you choose for the shoots is what makes you stand out. What would you like to say about that? Is it often easy to get the locations you visualize or do you face difficulties?
Yes, the location does matter a lot, especially when you are trying to capture a person. It’s not at all easy to get the locations. Sometimes it doesn’t go as per my visualizations, so I take it as a challenge and try to come up with some alternative and make it work. I have seen many people complaining about the fact that Orissa is not a good place for a Photographer, the locations are dull and don’t provide a good backdrop for fashion shoots but I always believed that if someone is a good Photographer, he/she can make any location look stylish.
Q – How is it like to be a fashion photographer in Orissa? Had you always known it’d be fashion that you’d get into?
Me and fashion? Never…it was a joke back then. I was a complete nerd when I was 16. I never thought I would venture into fashion photography. But whenever I held a camera, I became a different person. Clicking portraits, capturing people’s emotions and giving everything a different look was intriguing. It fascinated me each time. So I chose fashion photography.
Q – What according to you is the most innovative thing you have done?
Even if you change a person’s thought, it is success. People underestimated photography a lot then as a profession. Most of them used the word cameraman instead of photographer and the profession was a mere waste according to them. Instead of explaining to people, I tried to ensure that my portraits do the talking. I did try to change the mindset of some people at least towards the profession. For me, that’s innovation.
Q – A trusted source tells us that you used to be a big Pokémon fan in school! What’s that about?
Ha-ha yes, like every other kid, I too was a Cartoon Network Fan. There was a craze among all my friends about who has the highest number of Pokémon tazos!!! I used to eat around 5-6 packets of Lays/Uncle Chips at that time just for these tazos. It was not only me but also a whole bunch of students who had this craze of collecting tazos. It was crazy I tell you.
Q – Please tell us something about yourself that nobody knows.
We all have dreams. I always wanted to be an actor. Back in school, I used to act in plays held in our functions. It was fun and exciting. Entertaining people has always been a hobby of mine. My interest for acting still persists. Recently I have thought of making a music video, which will be my first step in direction. Let’s see how far it goes.
Q – Any tips for the young fashion photographers out there?
Practice makes a man perfect. You guys don’t need a course to excel in photography, what a photographer needs along with practice is the thirst for exploring. Just keep on clicking no matter what you see. Don’t hesitate to make a fool of yourself, and carry your camera everywhere you go. Click a million pictures and make mistakes. Every day you learn something new. The only thing they don’t teach you in a photography school is – LEARNING FROM YOUR OWN MISTAKES.
Bhargav Mishra is a very good example of the saying – Where there is a will, there is a way. He has come a long way from the Canon Powershot photographer he used to be. Here are some of his amazing pictures/portfolio shoots.
For more do visit his website www.bhargavglr.com
you can also visit his facebook page here facebook