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August 24, 2017

Photographers Who Find Magic In The Mundane: Sankar Sridhar

Text by Sadaf Shaikh. Photography by Sankar Sridhar

“I return to my subjects from time to time so that I don’t miss out on a single facet of their lives”

(Click on any image to read Sridhar’s perceptive anecdotes about its origin)

When it comes to adjectives that describe his art, Sankar Sridhar likes to be associated with the word ‘slow’. For that’s the kind of photographer he is, taking a fortnight or longer getting to know his subjects before he photographs them. He usually clicks people whose lives are far removed from his own because of the unique perspective it provides for his lens.

What usually brings the subject to your attention?
“Books and serendipity during my travels.”

Describe your experience shooting with the subject
“I like spending as much time as I can with my subjects so that I don’t only capture candid moments but also understand aspects of their lifestyle that need to be documented. I also make it a point to return to them from time to time so that I don’t miss out on a single facet of their lives.”

Which subject has left a lasting impact on you?
“It would have to be pastoral communities like the Changpas, the Rabaris and the Gaddis whom I have observed very closely for weeks on end. They are survivalists who always wear a smile and share a symbiotic relationship with nature. I believe their lives are like a book we should definitely take a leaf out of.”

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