With your feet on the air and your head on the ground,
Try this trick and spin it, yeah.
Your head will collapse,
But there's nothing in it.
And you'll ask yourself,
Where is my mind?
There I was, standing amidst the heaven, soaking in that fresh air, thanking god for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
Hard times have helped me see. I’m a good man with a good heart, had a tough time, got a rough start. But I finally learned to let it go, now I’m right here and I’m right now. And I’m open knowing somehow, that my shadow days are over, my shadow days are over now…
|Light can be gentle, dreamlike, bare, lucid, misty, clear, hot, enigmatic, falling, straight, calm and soft but what it can never be is gloomy. We can laugh as much as we want by glancing at those na´ve flies homing in on our light bulbs, but the irony of it all being that nobody loves those colorful, twinkling lights as much as our species does.|
|Here, I was blank, too many awesome things collided simultaneously on my small little mind. Misty blue mountains, sun rising somewhere along the horizon, mountain peaks shining bright soaked in sunshine, clouds hovering above the valley, small little houses by the crop fields, trees gleaming with the first light of the day, a river flowing by, it was just too much for it all to sink in, well, the good thing is that I ended up clicking a picture. It was almost as if I could hear the song Watermark by Enya playing out in the background.|
Ratul Upadhyay, the guy we're deciphering here, happens to be a hobbyist photographer and designer based out of New Delhi, India. You read that right, hobbyist and not a professional because he firmly believes that the process of expanding your horizon is incessant, and the art of exploration is limitless. His family belongs to the heart of the Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh, India) and henceforth proximity of these surroundings since childhood have made him much more aware of the mellifluousness that surrounds us, adding that much needed dose of zing and vitality to what could very well turn out to be a mechanical, monotonous and mundane life.
And because of this perpetual curiosity for delving into the unknown, he's had his fair share of luck in running into a few intriguing projects and opportunities across varied dimensions. Some of the highlights amongst these have been to design/photograph the cover of Asian edition of the critically acclaimed novel ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts, getting featured in various global magazines and exhibitions like Amateur Photography (UK) and Woman Whose Canvas (London, UK), winning a few Awards of Excellence while pursuing his graduation in Information Technology, and most recently the PDF’17 Annual Design Award in UX/UI category.
His powerful images are part of contemporary iconography, and a cross section of his own personal interests with commercial nomenclatures. So there you have it, that’s about it! A completely self taught photographer, a self-proclaimed tech junky, loves his alternative, indie & folk rock music, and for whom this life is nothing short of awesome! Meet Ratul Upadhyay, formerly a student of Information Technology and currently a freelance hobbyist designer in his spare time.