I am very excited to share with you that I have now formally launched a creative visual studio - LastBench. Having been a freelancer for a year and half now, I think I have had my share of initial exploration and I am ready to take the next step. The idea of starting something like LastBench was to be able to do something more creative, and better. Being a freelancer, I was managing everything from marketing my work, business development, storyboarding with clients, executing shoots to post-production. I did have my go-to freelancer partners, but I always found it limiting on what I could accomplish, creatively. I am positive that, with LastBench, things will be better not just for me but for my clients and partners too. There are a lot of stories out there, waiting to be told and we can't wait to start bringing these stories to light. See on the other side @LastBench.
In this video, I share a detailed account of my journey since childhood, specifically laying emphasis on choices I pursued and how they all ultimately helped me find my purpose.
So much anxiety, hatred and stress out there. Sometimes, all one needs is just a simple smile from a stranger. Here’s a bunch of strangers giving you what you need :) Hope this brightens your day.
While I shooting for a client (a non-profit working with street vendors), I envisioned the video to end on a positive and happy note; decided to get a few of these vendors to smile for the camera and take headshots. But, just as I started capturing these photographs I realised, why not capture videos instead. This made for a bunch of really cute smiles; it made me smile every time I went back to the raw footage. That's when I decided that I'd keep trying to capture people smile, more often. Through the year, as I travelled across the country, I started capturing smiles of everyday people (aam junta). And just like that, there was this huge repository. One random day, as I was loafing around with my PC, I decided to put all these smiles into a short video. And gradually, this took a better shape and here we are :)
A year and half since I started doing photography and videos. Here's an account of how things panned out over the last (first) year and my takeaways.
An 18th century historic temple of the ‘Nath’ tradition. And a Government school . What connects them both?
The Jalandhar Nath Maha Mandir, located in Jodhpur, is (or was) a very popular temple built by Maharaja Man Singh (the last independent Maharaja of Marwar Kingdom and Jodhpur State). The shrine inside holds a deity of Saint Jalandhar Nath and some intricate paintings from the 18th century depicting fables of the Nath Sampraday. Over the years, the temple has been passed on from one generation to another and with the decline of the royalty, the temple isn’t as glorious. Click here to know what's interesting about this place.
Finwego is an education finance startup and we recently engaged Sriram to shoot our work and team. Needless to say that Sriram did a phenomenal job in capturing our work as well as the team. But, what really stood out was that Sriram was both flexible and professional at the same time; often being flexible is seen as a reason to compromise of professionalism or vice versa. Sriram, on the other hand, was able to balance both, a rare trait particularly among independent professionals. Apart from that he was extremely meticulous in handling the whole engagement starting from planning to handing over the deliverables. He communicated with us ahead of the shoot, gave us directions in terms of preparation for the shoot and his post shoot deliverable was also prompt and high quality. I strongly recommend Sriram for startups that wish to capture their team, work or their customer.
Sriram's pictures tell a story and are very vividly captured. There is an aura of detail and some left to the imagination. Even the planned, posed photo shoots have minute touches of originality that make them stand out.
Coming from the corporate and specifically the education sector, Sriram knew exactly what we needed and made our task easier with very little coordination/intervention from our end.Ms. Aparna Rao - Head, Marketing and Communications, Ekya Schools
Indiranagar, Bangalore, India