Ronak Sawant is an artist engaged in performing, literary and visual arts. He is a life explorer and a free soul who uses his art, wisdom and life's journey to inspire people and make a positive change in the world.

January 20, 2015

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Something I always wanted to do because of the love of dance... Start photography!

Cover Photo: Photography... My New Love - Ronak Sawant

I have always been interested in photos. Photographs have always fascinated me, ever since I was young. Regardless of whether it would be the photos in magazines and newspapers, pictures in albums and school textbooks, or this world itself. Yes, you read that right! I consider the whole world as a frame of some kind; not too big and not too small but it has everything captured inside. Every emotion, every light, every colour, every object, every story, everything just in one frame! And not only just the world, I mean I consider every little thing as a frame or in general a photograph.

I still remember when I was a small kid; I used to pore through the cupboard drawers where my parents used to keep all the family photos and photo albums of our birthdays, childhood and other such events. Watching those photos would make my whole day. You wouldn't believe I used to sit for over an hour and see those pictures. The smile on my face while looking at those pictures was truly priceless. I loved those photos! At times, while watching those photos, I always wondered how they created them. I used to think, how these pictures can come out of a camera as a beautiful frame or as an album when we only click the photo in the camera itself. I mean the images should stay in camera right. That was my whole thought process.

Well, you would say now, how stupid I was! But how come a small kid would know all this. The only way we learn something new in life is by encountering the things we have never faced before. So knowing about this camera and photo process is what excited me much at that time. Then one day my father told me everything about the process in detail. He explained how the photos transform from the negatives to the positives. At that time there wasn't any advanced camera like we have in today’s world. The camera that existed those days used to work on rolls, it used to take a maximum of 36 pictures only.

So, those were the old days, and now these are the days where we live in an entirely digital world where we have every little thing digitised. The camera fully digital which works using a lens, memory card, etc. rather than rolls in which we can take as many pictures we want. We also have an option to choose which photo we want and which to delete. And much more cool stuff that we can do with this digital camera these days.

Cutting it to the present,
I am 20, and I am a dancer/artist. Dancing is my passion, and it’s my love. Dance is everything; it’s my life, it’s something that I can’t imagine my life without it. The most amazing thing I love about dancing is the fact that even though we dance at the moment, we create memories in the form of photographs that last forever. So because of this passion and my love towards dancing, I had a strong affection for the memories I had created so far that I carry with me in the form of photographs. These memories or I can say these photographs means a world to me. I was so intrigued by these priceless dance memories (photos) of mine because I felt that I could hold an instance of the time, an emotion, a once in a lifetime moment and the memory right in my hands. It’s something that can come alive, whenever I feel watching them.

It’s all during the dancing journey I noticed some other passion and love of mine that made me feel different than everyone else and that was Writing and Photography. So, it’s all because of this dancing passion and love I got instantly hooked on the art of photography. Photography is my new love now. It’s something that I love to do apart from dancing and writing.

As they say, parents are the hardest people to please in the world. Yes, indeed they are! It was so hard for me to approach my mom and dad for a DSLR camera. I honestly spoke my heart to them about why I want to do this and what it means to me to start this another artistic journey. So after understanding me and my dreams, they gifted me a camera just before my 20th birthday as a pre-birthday gift. It was a long wait for this, almost more than a year I guess. But finally, I am happy that I have started this another artistic journey apart from dancing which I wanted to do ever since I passed my 12th grade.

Photography is indeed my new love! I believe that life is full of uncertainties and surprises. You never know what happens next, but they all happen for a reason. So maybe photography had some appeal to me and to be honest I wanted to explore it as a craft. Like dancing, photography is something that makes me feel different, and at the same time, it allows me to be the real person I am. So, because of all this, I consider photography as my new love!

P.S. Happy Clicking! 📷

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