|Message from ashok v
My photography goes back to the early 70's with a Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta roll film camera, graduating to a Minolta SRT 101,Nikkormant Ftn and finally to a Nikon FM with 28mm/75-150 mm zoom and a 50mm f1.4 lens. I prefer 35 mm for the ease and flexibility it offers.
In early 2002 explored digital with a Olympus D460 digital with 1.3 MP. . upgraded a year later to a Nikon D100 DSLR (6.1MP) with a 24~85 f2.8 Nikon AF macro zoom. Later adding the classic 14mm f2.8 Nikon AFD and the 80-200 f2.8 AF-ED nikon zoom. My monitor is profiled and the usual colour space is Adobe RGB. In 2013 moved to fuji x pro 1 with a 18-55 f 2.8 lens and by 2015 switched from Nikon to Fuji using a Metabones adaptor to mount Nikon lenses on the Fuji mirror less. Sept 2015 added the Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 pro grade lens followed by the 10~24mm f4 Fujinon lens in may 2016. Now entirely Fuji glass with the exception of the recently added Nikon 105mm macro and Metabones adaptor. Waiting for Fuji to launch a 300mm f2.8 AF prime...the jpg files OOC are amazing...Bye bye NIKON. My Rolleiflex 3.5F had a CLA & has come out of retirement as Ilford 120 film is available again. plan to go medium format mirrorless next year with the GFX50R or the upcoming Hasselblad CFV !! 50c back that work with a vintage 500c/cm system.
My primary interest is black & white but the richness and flexability of digital colour facinates me. Photoshop & digital imaging has evolved & everything we can do in a wet darkroom can now be done on a laptop. Enjoy producing watercolours,line drawings,solarisations, posterisations & abstracts in digital.More recent explorations are in the field of HDR, blending modes. With Adobe policy of charging a monthly fee for use of Photoshop i moved on to Afinity Photo which offers an amazing software for a one time modest fee that does all that CS does and more. Alternative option is Pixbuilder a free application from Wnsoft. If you are only looking for a Raw convertor the RPP 64 (Raw photo processor) may be an option as it open files from any camera. For b&w i use the NIX suite of software incl the Silver FX pro and the HDR. .
Since 2012 Exhibited in several national and international exhibitions with over 300 acceptances in 37 countries.. Work accepted at prestigous shows such as PSA annual exhibition, FIP intl circuit, Malmoe Intl, Sydney Harbour, Southampton Intl, and Singapore International.and several others..One of my early b&w prints from the 1970's is in the permanent collection of HPF in Ooty.Several digital images are. in the collection of the FIP and the International Federation for Photographic Art (FIAP) Luxemburg....Awards include a gold medal at the Singapore Intl. Mid 1970's won the Dr Kosh rolling trophy at the IIT Chennai, the U.N. International Year of the Family 2004 award followed by the Agfanet award in the category "water"..1978 silver medal at the 16th Singapore intl student salon organised by photographic society of Nanyang Univ.....2014 PSA Ribbon at the 3rd JPS Intl- Silver medal at the photo art intl salon in Prague-bronze at the 4th Bardaf exhibition Slovakia-PSA Ribbon at the 2015 FIP Intl circuit- bronze at 2nd Raniganj intl exhibition- 2016 FIP Gold at 1st Serampore Intl, bronze at the Asian Intl 2017. PSA Gold at the Deep Focus intl 2018, HMat the Bugis Circuit Singapore 2020 etc etc....Group show at Lalit Kala Academy Chennai with PSM 2018. followed by a group exhibition on "dance" promoted by Appa Rao gallery , Chennai..Now exploring "alternative techniques from the mid 1800's such as Cyanotypes, Bromoil, Gum Bichromate, Gum oil etc using large format internegatives...Enjoy shooting portraits, seascapes, landscapes, pictorial, & fine art. Now also exhibiting on Instagram ............Member of YPS, PSI, PSM, Federation of Indian photography (FIP), IIPC & The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) U.K..& Photographic Society of America
My work has been published by Asian photography - Camera Pixo magazine - Fuji X Passion - French Foto - Dummies publication NYC book cover - Lens Magazine - Smart Photography - At a Glance - Fuji Love Magazine - Culturama magazine - Fuji Love e book & the Royal Photographic Society U.K. international web page.
May 2020: my first Youtube video went online... "Spring 2020" a collaboration with Kala Ramesh and music by R Chaurasia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VRnL32uehU&t=4s
................... Some images are available as prints in size 8x10 - 11x14 inch with borders and without frames.........
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October 2015: AFIP (Artist- Federation of Indian Photography)
August 2017 : FFIP (Fellow- Federation of Indian Photography)
January 2018 : AFIAP (Artist Intl Federation for the art of photography)
January 2019 : EFIAP (Excellence - Intl Federation for the art of photography)
February 2021: PPSA (by the Photographic Society of America)
I admire the work of the late Ansel Adams,Richard Avedon, Terence Donovan, E.Haas,Eric Meola, Cartier Bresson, Galen Rowell,Yousouf Karsh, Jay Maisel,Norman Koren,Art wolfe,Steve McCurry, Pete Turner, Reza Deghati, Manuel Libres Librodo and the list goes on.
- 2005 - Asian photography mag - text & images on "Jaisalmer in the desert".
- corporate brochure for GA
- Nikon links gallery - camera hobby site by Edwin Leong
- Camera pixo mag 26 - text & images -"inspiration from photography".
- Fuji x passion - text & images - "varanasi on the ganges".
- 2013 Interview on UdA fine art site from France
- 2016 - French Foto magazine "behind the glass".
- 2016 images & text on UdA site - "artist from India".
- 2016 aug - Fuji x passion - portfolio of several images.
- GA house magazine - "at a glance" several issues
- 2015 Dec - Fuji love mag - "Xpro1 in india".
- 2017 july - Fuji X passion mag - "exploring India with fuji xpro1".
- Fuji X Passion mag- Portugal Feb 2019 - “dance of the gods”
- Lens mag in Europe -Sept 2018 - “true story”...maasi tribe of kenya
- Smart photography mag July 2018- Monochrome magic image of "mahableshwar club."
- UdA May 2018 – Seascapes in India/Dunescapes
- Camera Hobby web site by Edwin Leong April 2009
- Culturama mag by Global Adjustments – several issues
- Fuji love photography ebook 2018
- VCTPL corporate brochure
- Book cover - "doing business in India for dummies"... Dummies publications NYC
- Pbase magazine
- 2018 prints exhibited at the PSM group show at Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai - India
- 2018 images of dance exhibited by the Appa Rao Gallery , Chennai during the Chennai Lit Festival
- 2019 prints exhibited at the group show "eye of Madras"... at Chennai, India
- 2019 image " flight of the pigeons"- monochrome was published in the FIP book "Blue Sapphire" to celeberate 65 years of FIP
- 2019 Technical paper and photographs on the Cyanotype process published in the Sept issue of "viewfinder"-journal of the FIP.
- 2020 Featured in May Ebook by Fuji X Passion, Portugal....
- 2020 May launched my first youtube video .."Spring 2020"... in collaboration with Kala Ramash and R Chaurasia on the flute...
- 2020 june - live photography talk with sourabh chatterjee on youtube. Recording uploaded : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO2wY8qu6ZM
- 2020 july 19th - this web site got its first 1 million hits....with over 5700 images online.
- 2020 technical paper on converting film negatives to digital- published in Smart photography magazine Sept issue.
- 2020 slide presentation to members of COC India.... Sept19
- 2020 FIP journal Oct issue - Technical article on " Digitising your analog images"...
- 2020 Oct - story - "dance of the Gods"- text & images featured by the Royal Photographic Society on their International page.
- 2020 Nov - Nominee for the 15th Spider black & White awards in category Silhouette and Portrait....
- 2021 Feb - RPS India Chapter launched and one of my Theyyam images featured on the opening page India chapter - rps.org
- 2021 Feb - Photographic Society of America Honours - PPSA awarded, My Images featured in PSA India gallery.
- 2021 May - Image "Silhouette" (HM) along with "Reflections" featured in the E Book Fuji X Passion world street photography contest.
- 2021 May - Article & images on FujiXPassion web site - "Tools of my Trade"....
- 2021June - Article & images published on RPS International page - Khjurahao the rediscovered kingdom.