Passion makes people do the craziest things. Like quitting a well-paying job. Rex (he doesn’t use a last name) started his tryst with the camera as a hobby but has now committed to it full time, going professional when he returned to India from Dubai in 2013.The photographer, who now lives in Bengaluru, is well known for his skill of telling an entire story in one frame. An award winner at the International Photography Awards in 2017, he is also a mentor for the ‘The Art of Portraiture’ photography workshop series.
Rex’s career did a complete 360-degree turn, when he decided to quit being a radio jockey and take up photography full time. And, as he evolved as a photographer, he found his true calling. “Landscapes and nature no longer interested me, once I saw how interesting humans can be. They can add emotions to a picture,” he shares. He elaborates, “It’s difficult to control nature and but with humans, it’s a piece of cake. Plus, if a person fits well with the scenery, the image is taken to the next level.”He lets us into his process: “I am not one of those photographers who does multiple shoots back-to-back. I shoot only when all things work in favour of getting the perfect picture.”
The lensman with single-minded focus confides that he decides on the concept of his photographs based on two things — the background or a product and the person or models. “The whole idea is that I want a single picture to convey the entire story,” he emphasises, explaining that in order to get the perfect click, one must get the story right as well as communicate it properly. “It challenges me to add perspective to a person’s persona. I believe that a single story can be told in multiple ways. So, I try to visualise things in multiple ways and select the best,” he explains.
The perfect example of this would be the first picture that he ever clicked. “I bought my first camera in Dubai. The picture that started me on this journey was that of a sad balloon man who was still while the world around him was moving at a fast pace.” That is the image that set the tone for his emotionally evocative and technically sound inherent talent that has been honed to perfection since.