Making life

MEANINGFUL

 

I thought long and hard and I realized it’s very difficult to describe who you really are as a person. What makes it simpler is talking about your beliefs, the things you love and connect with, and the things that make you happy. 

So, that’s what I’m going to do.

While I’m an introvert, I’m pretty laid-back — I don’t take offense easily, and you can talk to me about anything under the sun. My response of course depends on how much I really know about it. Having said that, I choose my friends wisely — I don’t believe in forging meaningless relationships for personal gains. And what I build, I work hard to preserve. 

Of the many things that I love, I’d rate movies and long-distance riding/driving as my favorites. So much so that, my idea of spirituality is linked to the essential character of these two activities — they don’t have boundaries. I love the fact that the fulfilment and happiness you derive from watching a movie or riding towards nowhere are always in the now. Unlike career goals, or any other long-term goals in general — which put your mind in a depressing box.  

Besides these, I love outdoor sport and adventure. I believe in pushing my body as much as I push my mind. 

My tastes in movies and music are quite similar. It’s all about the mood. I love and connect with movies like Bladerunner, Arrival, Revenant, Interstellar…and music from Fink, Kaleida, Cigarettes After Sex, Foals (CCTV). If you have watched and listened to these, you’d know what I’m talking about. In fact, my tastes in books also are in sync — The Hungry Tide, Wolf Totem, Khaled Hosseini’s works, among others. 

I might sound too philosophical, but I believe planning for a far-away future doesn’t make a lot of sense. Yes, one needs to focus on mental and physical well-being, but more because your “now” matters. And, I think investing in happiness for today is more practical than doing it for an uncertain tomorrow. And that’s how I choose to live my life — and find happiness doing it. 

Wedding photography and me

My style and my approach to wedding photography are driven by who I am as a person and what I believe in. For me, a picture is meaningless if it only has superficial appeal and no soul. Genuine emotion — more so, if it isn’t just half a smile, restrained sadness, or reserved madness — is what really gets me excited. I’m at my best when the energy and emotions aren’t walled in, and the “now” plays out without any limitations.