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 man’ who’s been featured here on this page, happens to be a freelance hobbyist photographer and designer currently settled at New Delhi, India. You read that right, a hobbyist and not a professional because he firmly believes that the soul of an artist within a person dies once he considers himself a pro. 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 beauty that surrounds a human being, adding that much needed dose of zing and vitality to what could very well turn out to be a mechanical, monotonous and mundane life.
The trees, roads that disappear into infinite horizons, wild flowerbeds stretching out into the blue sky, the meadows, peaks and valleys, rainbows and storms, the heaven and earth, and just about everything in between sum up his individuality, persona and character. Starting out pretty young on computers and his keenness to indulge into just about anything mechanical and tech related has helped him over the course of years to hone his programming, web designing, graphic designing, and digital processing skills. And secretly he happens to be a great story-teller too, is fond of freestyle writing and sketching, but sssh, don’t tell anyone.
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 & soft rock music, and for whom this life is nothing short of Awesome! Meet Ratul Upadhyay, academically a student of Information Technology and a freelance hobbyist designer in his spare time.