Thursday, February 05th, 2009 | Author:

A Session with a Delhi based photographer, Mr. OP Sharma, Hon PSA, FPSA, India with vedainformatics. It also happens to be his first online interview.

Photography – is speed, precision and capturing a unique moment of the day. It is about understanding the light. As with the advent of modern technology and products, Will technology bypass art? Mr OP Sharma a well known veteran of Fine arts defies, “Never. Phography is a combination of aesthetic sensibilities, creativity and foremost ability.” So does this implies that we would stick to the traditional forms of photography and resist new changes? Pat comes the reply “I am not against technology or mechanics of any form. It is a good thing as long as they are not misused and I am not going be a part of the wrongdoing.” Is he against Photoshop software, “There are methods older than Photoshop I know how to use Photo shop, but my suggestion is when a camera in itself can do many things and if you can shoot an appropriate picture, why Photo shop?”

Photography as a subject was taught in the schools four decades ago, “ I started teaching photography at Modern School Barakhamba Road in 1960 but the system got changed by the Morarji Desai government and today it is an optional subject as SUPW.” What will the students derive out of photography, “ there are so many creative aspects of this subjects. And in the schools the basic grounding happens and by the time they (students) are older it becomes easier for them to learn few things about this subject.” Explains Mr. Sharma. Photography is a blend of science and art and one needs to understand both the aspects in order to deliver better output.

On asking about the scope and definition of creativity, Mr. Sharma retorts, “Creativity is the most misunderstood phrase these days. Creativity does not happen on a day-today basis. It happens once in a while and it grows with an idea that germinates in your mind and develops with time. I feel that creative works happens quite a few times in the whole lifetime, in any field and just not restricted to photography.”

On Mr Sharma’s limited presence on the net, the veteran takes a dig by saying, “If there are good things about the internet there are 99 other flaws even. The internet arrived about 20 years back in India the kind of projection analysts made that time is no where close to reality in today’s situation. There is still limited access to the internet  If  I take India as whole plus usability is a big question. There are lot of wrong means on the internet, that is the reason I have till date not given any of my work in this domain. I want to protect my work from scrupulous people.”  He further says, “I have been a teacher for more than 40 years now and gained immense knowledge from the service I have done. There are things which would have been nearly impossible for me devoid of this path.” On asking about e-learning or online tutorial help, Mr Sharma smiles, “I will not be required anymore if I do that.”

I thank him for an insight.

My take

I keep getting surprised by the amount of work people have done in this domain, In India and especially abroad. I feel that the scope is much more outside, encouragement and recognition are definitely add ons to creative people involved in visual media. I second Dr. Sharma’s view that the internet has belittled authentic work done by real artists. I also view his take on plagiarism which he and people like him fiercely protect.

At the same time the amount of reach and the impact, the internet is vying to make in the next few decades is surely outside calculation or imagination. New media has opened gateway of information with the advent of neo technology, digital and computerized  communication vehicle. These tools involved is perhaps widely being described as a mode of social change. A cardinal change from traditional information sharing to community based platforms where interactivity is the buzzword. The very word popularity has catapulted with the phenomenal rise of communicating  tools like blogs, online videos, internet and chats and photosharing websites like Flicker or Twitter to a movement, of a kind. Dr. Sharma, we need to move ahead and change with times. I have heard a quote, probably by Charles Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”

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3 Responses

  1. 1
    Ankit 

    “Creativity does not happen on a day-today basis.”

    I am not sure what Mr. Sharma meant by that…
    Palash, what do you think about it?

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