A self-confessed passion-seeker and beauty-catcher, Parul Sharma likes to capture the world in black and white. For her, everything is either black or white with maybe a stray grey moment. A lover of symmetry and geometrical patterns, this iPhone photographer is drawn to the art deco style.
She believes that historical monuments and ruins have been “done to death”, and so she likes to drive around Mumbai capturing places like the Colaba art deco structures and of course, the Sea Link, which she believes is a uniquely beautiful piece of architecture.
All set to regale Delhi with her exhibition titled Parul Scape at Bikaner House from July 28 to 30, Parul says how her love for photography began five years ago while she was still working with Star—a firm she had been with for 14 years before quitting to follow her passion.
The photographer, who is in her 30s, says, “It was only because of my work that entailed a lot of travel across the world that I took to photography. Like any traveller, my phone would be my constant companion.” She realised that images came to her and soon she was tapping away on her phone.
She believes photography is an intimate act of perceiving. “Where others saw stillness, I saw movement. Where others saw structures, I saw patterns. In a world of shadows, I found light,” says the Delhi-based artist. Through the help of the lens, soon the asymmetry of everydayness collapsed and a layered alternative emerged. And this led her to explore the realm. A fan of Raghu Rai’s work, she says that like him, some day she too would like to explore portraits. She only captures people from the back, and not their faces—as she believes people never wear their true faces and it is always the back which is open to being stabbed. Also, the German photographer Thomas Ruff is her favourite.
“Post the show in Delhi, I plan to take the work to Mumbai and then to Paris.I want to use photography for social impact,” says the self-taught art student. She believes photography is actually a part of story-telling and she would like to compose her next exhibition around a social cause.
Tricks of the shutterbug’s trade
- Loves to work with shadows; is inspired by the Gothic
- Finds the moon very lyrical
- Nights are a magical time to shoot
- Never plans on clicking a picture
- Wants to use photography for social impact
- Planning her next exhibition around a social cause
Exhibition, Parul Scape, Bikaner House, July 28-30