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Srivatsa Shandilya: Multiple images frames is like a painting
- Sangeeta Cavale
Photos: Srivatsa Shandilya

January 19, 2020


Bangalore based Srivatsa Shandilya has been a performing arts photographer for almost 35 years. With an Engineering in computer science background, he worked in the technology media space as a photographer and was instrumental in showcasing the Indian IT growth. From 1995, he was a photographer for a technology magazine. The ever versatile Srivatsa is also a well known glamour and fashion photographer. He has clicked virtually all cine stars of the Kannada film industry and several of these images have been published in leading newspapers like the Times of India.

Shandilya is an accredited photographer from Dept of Information and Publicity. He has won several awards like the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2007 for photography, Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Award 2018 by Govt of Karnataka, and Aryabhatta international award. He was given a senior fellowship in the field of photography from the ministry of culture, government of India.

"I started 35 years ago, learning from my father from the analog B&W days. Without a formal training in photography, I plunged into the field as a freelancer. My passion for the photography art form made me update myself constantly and I kept myself abreast of all the technological advances. In 2005, I started multiple images photography as soon as the new technology was introduced," says Srivatsa.

Srivatsa used the newly released digital camera to showcase the classical performing arts in a new dimension. He is said to be the first one to do so. The concept of creating a story with multiple images in a single frame and mastering the art of multiple exposures is his USP. With practice and skill, it's now possible to create pictures that once seemed impossible. He has mastered the art of multiple exposure pool right from day one of the introduction of technology into the digital camera. He has received critical acclaim from several experts in the field of arts. Critics and world renowned classical dancers and other artists have commended him for his artistic contribution in making successful powerful images and stories.

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Gayatri Ramaratnam
Preeti Bharadwaj
Rasika Kiran
Sarita Mishra
Sharmila Mukerjee
Uma Dogra
Vyjayanthi Kashi
Indira Kadambi
Parshwanath Upadhye-Shruti Gopal
Ratikant Mohapatra

"Each of the multiple images frames is like a painting to me since it can't be recreated the same way. Sky is the limit for imagination and creativity in multiple image photography. Behind every multiple image there is a story and it's a challenge to make every performing art's images stand out and make the frames visually appealing. It is difficult to be in the space of arts photography because every wrong moment click makes the picture look bad in the technical sense. We need to understand the subject of the performing art so that we know the exact time to trigger the shutter to get the right shot. For example, if we know the right hasta movements of classical dance we get the perfect finishing shot of the dance pose or the photographer will be doing injustice to the dancer's credibility. A bad photo can make or break the artiste and wrongly timed images suggest that the artiste doesn't know how to dance. Good performing arts photography is based on accurate timing."

Srivatsa concludes by saying, "Multiple exposure pics are the new concept of making and creating by layering of different frames in one image and it feels great to see images layered in one frame after the final shot."

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