Today we are sharing with you the work of Saranya Padmanaban. I stumbled upon Saranya on Instagram and I was so entralled by her work. Her use of shadows, light and colors are extraordianry. I love how she also interjects her children into her images for scale reference. She has been to so many gorgeous places and she documents them impeccably. You can find her on IG as @saranyas_silhouettes.
What are you shooting with? Camera, phone…both?:
Only camera, I shoot with a Sony a7rii
G master 24-70 f2.8
How did you get started in photography?
There was a point in my life when I was depressed because I couldn’t successfully pursue my accounting and finance career, after a lot of soul searching I realised that I wanted to do something that is for myself, something that wasn’t dependent on where we lived or what visa we were on so I started photography. It was all only for fun at the beginning but slowly I started using photography as a creative and emotional outlet and it has now helped me become a better person.
What is your favorite image you have taken and why?
My favourite pictures change every so often, my current favourites are these two images. They were both clicked on the same morning. It was my second ever outing to attempt street photography and these two pictures will remain as turning points in my photography career. I always believed I cannot see beauty in the mundane, but these two proved me to be wrong.
What is your favorite photography subject?
Landscapes, if it is up to me I would just love to travel to places and click landscapes.
What is your favorite trip that you have taken?
In 2017 we did a trip to Arizona and Utah, the landscape there is stunning, that would rate as one of my favorite trips ever. But every single place we travel to has something amazing in it and we carry a piece of that place in our hearts forever.
What is the most photogenic place you have been?
This again changes with every travel. This summer we did a short trip to UAE to visit family, we had lived there previously, but that was before I got into photography, so seeing some old places in a new perspective with my camera was amazing. In 2 days I clicked over 700 pictures, the architecture, lines and shapes and beautiful desert sunsets are absolutely a photographer’s dream.
If money were no object where would you travel to and why?
I want to travel to all the Scandinavian countries. Seeing and capturing Aurora Borealis has always been on my bucket list, so I would love to do that.
What is your travel itinerary for the next year?
We recently moved to UK, so am very excited to explore UK. Scottish highlands are on the top of my list, so is Ireland. I would love to visit some other parts of Europe too, Paris and Switzerland in particular because we missed these 2 places during our previous Europe visits.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share?
Grab the opportunity, when you’re in a new place you might be exhausted, you might feel like just not bothering with pictures, but chances are it’s the only time you’re visiting that place, so push yourself, take that extra step and click that picture. You can recuperate after you get back home, but the opportunity wouldn’t present itself twice.
When you are not traveling, what can we find you doing?
Editing, cooking and taking care of my children. I was working full time until a few months back, but because of our move we are still settling down into a new routine and am primarily focused on that at the moment.
Tell me something random about you –
We are vegetarians and we survive eating vegetarian food during all our travels. It really is not that tough to travel to different countries and survive without eating meat.
Do you have any photography or travel goals?
I typically don’t set a very big goal to work towards in photography. It is something I do for myself, I don’t like to bring pressure onto it by setting goals, but I do have smaller short term goals that I like to work towards just to give me some discipline. My current goal is to get a website set up for my work. Am yet to start working on it though.
Any special projects you are working on (photography or otherwise)?
My interest is to offer family photography services without charges for families that have children that are suffering from terminal illnesses. Since we are new in this country I still don’t know how to go about it or whom to approach. Along with setting up my website, this is something I hope to figure out in the near future.
Favorite travel or photography accessory?
Camera “scarf” strap. It really is a huge help when you travel to humid and hot places, the soft cotton doesn’t irritate your neck where it hangs and the scarf model helps spread the weight of the camera and lens.
LIFEMATE Scarf Camera Strap,DSLR Camera Strap Universal Neck Strap,Fabric of Bohemia Floral Scarf Camera Strap (Dark red) https://www.amazon.com/dp/
Any accomplishments you want to share?
More than an accomplishment it was an experience, I once won a photography competition and one of the prizes of that was to go on top of the tower of one of the oldest bridges in USA. It was one of a kind experience and something I’ll always cherish.
If you were shipwrecked on an island but had all your human needs (food, water, clothing) what two items would you take with you?
A walkie talkie and of course my camera and tripod (does that make it 3 times? Camera and tripod are one single bundle in my opinion.. lol)