Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Vaibhav Verma | Photographer
Tell us about yourself.
Hello. My name is Vaibhav. I was born in Varanasi and brought up in Raipur, where my family currently lives. I did my graduation in Metallurgical engineering, worked for a year in manufacturing sector and then quit the job, opting for higher education. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD from IIT Bombay. So, I am a materials scientist in the making, who usually spends his days in a laboratory and every now and then, tries to steal a few days off, going on little trips, exploring places and taking pictures. On usual weekends, I try to explore Mumbai, one spot at a time.
What are your art interests? I’m very keenly interested in street/travel photography. I like capturing candid moments, documenting people in their true essence, when they are in their own zone: having a very special moment or may be just going through their everyday routine, doing their job. The idea is to catch people either unaware of the fact that they’re being clicked or at peace with it, not being cautious of the camera. Possibly, this is the reason why in a lot of my images the point of view is at a significant distance from the people in frame, if any. This way, their privacy is secured and I get the pictures I seek. Apart from this, I’m also involved in music and theatre. I play drums and have written and directed a few street plays over the years.
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country? Current scenario of art in our country is fantastic, especially if you’re someone who wants to learn. Whatever be the art form that you’re interested in, every sort of information is just one tap away, which wasn’t quite the same a couple of years ago. Tutorials, workshops, masterclasses, right from absolute basics to advanced levels, everything is available on your phone. Accessibility of knowledge isn’t an issue anymore. All one needs to do is begin. Also, it’s a good time for the content creators, with brands and agencies directly approaching them for marketing, advertising, product reviewing etc. The gap between client and the creator has narrowed down significantly.
What are you working on currently? I am planning to do a photo series on the Mumbai traffic police during the monsoons. Needless to say, it’s a super tough job that those people accomplish, day in day out, even in really challenging circumstances. I believe this is something worth documenting and if everything goes well, it would be a nice thing to dedicate a photo - album to the unsung heroes.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Nothing inspires me more than watching a fellow artist perform, irrespective of the art form. Be it a dancer, painter, photographer, actor, chef, musician or anything else. “Art inspires art” is what I believe.
Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with? The kind who would want to collaborate with me. We’ll be creating art after all. There’s always something to learn. I would really love to shoot films: documentaries/ad films/music videos/behind the scenes or any other genre. I have done it in the past and I miss it. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, I have a decent experience of theatre. Hopefully that’ll help and I’ll be of some good use.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
I make my bed. It’s a minor OCD may be. I just can’t stand the sight of wrinkled and clumsy bedsheets, any time of the day. Have to invariably do it first thing as soon as I wake up. Which is the most used app in your phone? Instagram! It’s not a very good thing, but then that’s how I have ended up being here. So, may be its not too bad either.
Which is the one song you can't get out of your head?
As of now: Ankahee (Amitabh Bhattacharya / Amit Trivedi, Lootera) You de-stress by? In a parallel universe: Travel!
Actual answer: I clean my room, go for a walk (our campus is lush green, with empty roads! Yay! walk some more, dine out, walk back, and watch a movie, going to bed. In that order. P.S. I clean my room even when I’m not stressed.
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