The Bigger Picture - Karan-Aryaman Marwaha

Karan-Aryaman Marwaha has an uncanny eye for colour, depth, and lighting in a way that most young photographers only wish they had. Once you experience his unique view of the world, you’ll want to feast your eyes on every photo he’s snapped.

What is your photography philosophy?
I enjoy shooting outdoors but dislike working in the studio. I feel a lot of honesty is lost, and it becomes too mechanical a process, especially with the subject. When you are always on your toes and shooting at the moment, you are less likely to lose honesty.

What do you feel the moment you are pressing the shutter release?
I think about whether the photo is in focus or if the frame okay. Should I increase the camera height or reduce it, and if there is enough head room.

What do you want to show to the world through your images?
When shooting people, I want to make sure my subject is having fun. I will ensure that the atmosphere is super chill and I like to translate that in great pictures!

Comparing where you are now with where you were when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?
I probably wouldn’t do anything differently. When I started off, I hardly knew how to use a camera and now, I can use it a little better. I don’t think I have got anywhere close to where I plan on being. But things take time and it doesn’t bother me how long it takes.

Are there any memorable images or shoots you could share with us? What made that image or shoot special?
I did a fashion shoot for my mother, Asmita Marwa, using four of my friends as models and we were shooting in a slum. We just strolled around the area, took some pictures, and left and it was great! Everybody around was watching us and they were extremely cooperative. It was enjoyable mainly because we got to juxtapose the clothes with the setting and the result was amazing, and probably one of the quickest shoots I have done.

Are there photographers that have inspired you and your work?
Yes, there are many! Mario Testino, Ellen Von Unwerth, Thomas Holm, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Nick Knight, Sasha Samsonova and Ishaan Nair have inspired me and my work immensely.

Who would you like to work with most?
No one in particular, but I want to make my portfolio a lot more diverse. I would also like to do more fashion films for brands.

You can only have one lens for the rest of your life, what is it?
Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7. It was used in Barry Lyndon, it may be a cinematic lens, but yeah that would be my choice.

What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Pay your taxes and save money. Haven’t got a hold of the saving part just yet.

What does 2019 look like for you?
2019 has been and will continue to be the year I dedicate to writing and if I get good shots in the middle of it, it will be an added bonus.    - IANS