Sreesailam Pasupala’s love affair with photography began a decade ago. All these years, he’s been travelling extensively to capture the tales of places through his camera. Sreesailam is just back from Russia, where his photography exhibition coincided with the FIFA World Cup. He recalls the visit, “FIFA is a big deal throughout the world and being at the venue helped me experience the fervour at its zenith. I showcased a series of 45 images clicked in India that was appreciated by the locals as well as tourists and foreigners. After seeing my photographs, a Russian art manager proposed a project for which I was to click pictures of St. Petersburg and those also got exhibited at a show.”
Sreesailam is now working on a project wherein he will be travelling to Russia every couple of months to capture the street life, cultural celebrations and major festivals. “My images will finally be exhibited at an art gallery and a book based on these images will also be launched,” he shares. Some of his photographs feature Russian models decked up in the traditional ‘Lambadi’ attire and accessories. The other images based on St. Petersburg capture the photographer’s perspective while traversing through a foreign country and unveiling its essence through the lens of his camera.
Sreesailam’s roving camera seems to absorb the right moments all the time. The images are perfect in terms of composition and emotional strength. They look natural, real and unpretentious. When asked about how he manages to get the perfect frame all the time, the photographer says he’s not satisfied with 90 per cent of his clicks. “Only 10 per cent of the clicked images get displayed. The secret to my photographs is that I keep walking for 10-15 km and keep on clicking. When I start my journey with the camera in hand, I embrace the moment with a neutral and blank mindset, welcoming each and everything I come across with a fresh perspective,” he says.
He is planning a solo show in Hyderabad in October wherein hundreds of photographs clicked by him in the last decade will be exhibited. Talking about World Photography Day and the responsibility that comes with being a professional photographer, he shares, “Being a photographer is not easy. These days everyone has a mobile phone with a camera and many people are able to click beautiful pictures. A professional photographer is expected to walk the extra mile to be taken seriously. Patience and perseverance are needed in plenty and a lot of support from family and friends too.”...