Photography in the age of AI

24th September 2050, Phuket, Thailand

Agent-46, a humanesque AI photographer is on assignment to take a photograph of a jetty in Phuket, Thailand. The brief is simple. The most amazing photograph of a tropical sunset with a target of 10 million likes in the leading social media site. 10 million likes on one photograph should be an easy assignment. The agent has analysed all photographs during golden hours available in its agency’s database and already knows the data required.

It walks out of its storage and goes to the beach. Checks time. Still 15mins. It knows the exact time when the quality of light will be optimal for the image that guarantees 10million likes. It glances across the scene, its brain working to get the right Fibonacci grid. It takes around 2 secs to lock the scene. And when the exact time comes, it takes the image and goes back to its storage. On its way back, it processes the image and uploads it to the right cloud network. All in a day’s work of an AI powered professional photographer.

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Family albums – in search of photographic innocence

Family albums! That book of plastic sleeves with photos I dreaded because between those sleeves were images which I never wanted anyone to see. Why will I want anyone to know that I was shit scared and howling on my first horse ride somewhere in Darjeeling? And that smile on my Dad’s face. The stuff childhood nightmares are made of.

That family treasure with red wine coloured leather cover and a hideous golden cursive letter stating the obvious. Family album. Continue reading “Family albums – in search of photographic innocence”

The difference between aspiration and inspiration

A few days back I read an article on how to get inspirations from Instagram. This reminded me of a discussion on a similar topic I had with a fellow photographer on the problem of seeking ‘inspiration’ from social media and other photographers in general.

It is very common for photographers to look at others work and feel the urge to take similar images. There is nothing wrong in doing that, but we often misjudge that feeling as a source of inspiration. Personally, I think it is aspiration and not inspiration. Now, many of you may feel that I am getting into semantics and over complicating things here. But hear me out and why I think it is essential for us to understand the difference.

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An evening with Moonlight Broadcast

One of my favourite people to collaborate are musicians. I used to work with bands earlier. Then I moved to Australia 4 years back and took a break from the commercial side of my photography to settle down in the new phase of life. Now that I am slowly settling down and have a stable home base, I have decided to get back into it. And not surprisingly, one of my first collaboration was with musicians.  I met Ashley, a terrific drummer and overall a genuine guy during one such collaboration.

A few weeks back he asked me if I wanted to collaborate with Moonlight Broadcast, an indie rock band based in Melbourne. The idea was to shoot a few images which they can use for their promotions.  Continue reading “An evening with Moonlight Broadcast”

5 things I learned in 2016

Every year during the Christmas break, I take some time off to review the year and plan for the coming year. The idea is always to learn from mistakes, note what was not, understand where I am now, and plan what I want to do the next year. This year was no different.

And now that I have got this blog, I thought I will share the 5 things I learned from 2016. Continue reading “5 things I learned in 2016”