Dr. Navin Sakhuja is an ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal eye surgeon by profession and a photographer at heart. Dr. Navin took up photography to explore the many different facets of the world. His work is regularly exhibited at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; the next exhibition is planned for December 2015, and will showcase the vast expanses of the Kalahari and Thar deserts in all their splendor.
Dr. Navin believes that a great photograph is an outcome of how the photographer views the object and what/how he thinks about it.
What drew you to photography?
What is it , I sometimes wonder that drives me to photograph. I think of it, dream of it and often obsess about capturing a single image. Like so many others, I too am in search of a Greater God. It has been said that there are two people in every photograph, the artist and the viewer, I will have achieved my goal and found my Greater God if both can view the images with the same eyes.
I got drawn into photography quite by accident. A cousin of mine had returned from his studies in the US and was selling his camera and I bought it. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Who or what is your inspiration?
I don’t think I have any one inspiration or person. I am inspired everyday by what I see around me. It could be a single leaf fluttering in the wind or a stunning photograph by another photographer.
One emerging trend in photography that we should look forward to?
I would like to see photography become a little less contrived and a little more driven by passion. The genre of photography I like is landscape and I woul like to see more inspirational landscape photography in the future.
Which camera do you shoot with and is there a specific photography style that you like?
I use a Canon 5D –Mark III and I like to shoot abstact landscapes from desolate areas of our planet which have minimal influence of mankind.
A few words of wisdom for budding photographers?
If you’re serious about photography, I would suggest, you get yourself a reasonably good SLR camera, read up a lot on technique, observe and see as many exhibitions of great photographers as you can, and most importanatly shoot a lot.
A bit about your most memorable shoot so far?
My most memorable shoot was in the Kalahari Desert while shooting from a balloon at sunrise. I’ve never seen anything so stunning.
A favourite picture that you’d like to share?
This is one of my favourites, It’s the night sky in the desert, in Namibia