Mz Mahogany Chic, media sponsor of the 2013 5th Annual DC RAWards,is giving you a taste of each semi-finalist. Nivedita Shastri has ignited the RAWards as she competes to be claimed RAW Photographer of the Year. From a childhood hobby to capturing everyone and everything in her lens, her inspiration was sparked to pursue professional photography, Shastri’s bold images have captured viewers as she makes her mark in the industry and speaks through her photographs of beauty, intricate Indian jewelry and sculptures, to landscapes that enshroud your senses and capture your sights; with no intention of letting you go! Mz Mahogany Chic goes behind the lens with Shastri to find out more about the raw photographer’s concept of beauty, fashion and how her images make her one of a kind. Get more information about the 5th Annual RAWards Event here.
Why did you become a photographer?
“Photography started as a hobby which has now become my passion. Since childhood I loved learning history and listening to stories. Looking at the pictures in my history book made me realize the amazing command photography has to be able to communicate a story visually. It is a technique, a unique way of telling a story to your audiences. Following my passion for visual arts, I started exploring with the camera while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree as a Bachelor of Design. I started learning more each day as I explored with my camera. Photography gave me a liberty to tell a story with my aesthetic sensibility by capturing people, places, moments and cultures and presenting it to my audiences.”
How do your photographs differ from masses?
“My design background gives me an upper hand and good aesthetic understanding of compositions, scale & proportions, contrast, harmony and balance in a frame. My work experience as an assistant art director broadened my vision for aesthetical and technical aspects like tones, shadows, and color schemes within a frame. Capturing pictures with the knowledge of these design and technical aspects make my pictures stand out from the masses.”
How has your understanding of beauty evolved over the years? Would you say the change in perspective manifested into your work?
“Yes, my understanding of beauty has evolved over the years. Definition of beauty is very individualistic and is constantly changing with new trends and deeper understanding of elements that make things beautiful. My experience working as an assistant art director has changed my perspective, which has manifested in my work. I tend to make compositions out of ordinary day to day things in terms of colors, contrast, textures while composing a frame, which was not the case before having this experience. It has enhanced my vision for ordinary things to make them look good as a composition, which lacked in my compositions before having this experience.”
What does your fashion sense say about you?
“My fashion sense reflects my personality. I travel a lot and like to wear work done by local artists; the clothes made by people and jewelry and accessories designed by local artists from different parts of the world which tell their story and signify their culture. I like to find things that speak to me through their colors, textures, and which have a story about them. I like to be aware of the new trends but I believe in fashion that represents me and makes me feel comfortable. To me fashion is style and comfort that makes me feel confident and look great!”
Get more information about the 5th Annual RAWards Event here.