Photographer

My elder brother is an Engineer by academics and Photographer by passion.
Father raised him to become a successful Businessman. He graduated as an Engineer but his equal passion towards camera pushed him towards photography.  As a child, we always watched dad with his camera. He was very much professional in his approach, focus on quality and enthusiastic about the magic of permanently capturing a live moment through lenses into the photo frame.

I must say, my brother was very luck to witness how the traditional photography has transformed into ‘Digital Photography’, replacing 120mm, 35mm rolls with zip drives, SD Cards, CF cards, Hard Drives etc. Desktop PC have taken space where Dark-Room or processing labs used to be.

What has remained in this journey is creativity, art of producing images.

He has developed negative films and monochrome pictures in our dark-room. Those were most magical moments, In the dim red light, wide-eyed, a miracle: the gradual appearance of dark outlines on the milky surface of my plate. Film processing used to be our hobby during school annual vacations and holidays. Gradually market moved towards 35mm and color processing. PhotoDarpan procured a color film and images processing lab. With automated film and images processing work focus shifted from quality to quantity. What used to be a skilled labor dependent industry suddenly shifted towards “Imported Hi-Tech” machine dependent industry.

What has remained in this journey is creativity, art of producing images.

About two decades ago, another wave started hitting the industry. It was on-set of current digital era. This shift in industry required a shift in business plan. PhotoDarpan decided to procure a digital process lab. Film cameras got replaced with Digital SLRs. Highend-PCs and high definition electronic monitors for quick reviews and satisfaction. Digital screens on point and shoot cameras, SLRs and smart-phones have replaced films. Memories are being captured rapidly on smart devices. What used to be a calculated, theoretical approach of photo making, has shifted to trial-and-error based fun.

What has remained in this journey is creativity, art of producing images.

— Gauri Kashinath Joglekar/Deshpande