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Interview with Anup Gandhe, an Architectural & Heritage Photographer from India

© Anup Gandhe | Sun Temple

Anup Gandhe, an amazing Architectural & Heritage visualizer, whose photographs have already been featured in Lonely Planet India, Canon India and in a lot of prestigious platform, has shared his story with Retro Kolkata.

Composition is the gateway to a great image. A good composition with technical expertise tells a different visual narrative & makes your image stand out from the rest. A great image should be one which touches some chord in your heart.

RK : Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What made you want to pursue photography? Anup : Hello my name is Anup Gandhe. I am an architect working in the field of animation & based

in Pune. I was always mesmerised by our cultural heritage & its monumental scale. I always wanted to photograph these structures as each monument has a story to tell & document them for our future generations.

RK : How would you define your style? How did you set about developing your own style? Anup : It was bit trial & error. These monuments & their spaces are main subjects in my photographs. After trying many photographs I decided to shoot them without crowd as they were causing distraction to the viewer experience. I shoot people & animals only if they add any artistic value to the structures & depicting their scale or proportions.

© Anup Gandhe | Hampi

RK : How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph or series of photographs? Do you have any preferences regarding cameras and format? Anup : I generally do a detailed study of plans, sun movement & do a recce of the site before planning the shoot. Shadow is an important factor in architectural photography as it represents depth in 3rd dimension. I get very small time window to shoot these monuments so every minute detail is taken care of in planning. Regarding cameras, Tripods are not allowed on many heritage sites so I always prefer full frame camera with good dynamic range & low light performance. Many of my shots are taken handheld.

© Anup Gandhe | Adalaj Stepwell

RK : Which is your favourite lens? Why? Anup : Canon 17mm f/4 Tilt Shift lens is my favourite lens. Tilt Shift lenses are specially made for architectural shoots & give a lot freedom to compose shots in tight spaces.

RK : Out of all the locations you’ve travelled to, which is your favourite? Anup : Its hard to pick one. All sites have different challenges & shoot conditions. Out of all locations I have travelled to, Hampi was my favourite place. Hampi is heaven for photographers. I was awestruck by the architectural & monumental scale of this lost empire.

© Anup Gandhe | Hampi

RK : What makes a great image stand out from the good ones? Anup : Composition is the gateway to a great image. A good composition with technical expertise tells a different visual narrative & makes your image stand out from the rest. A great image should be one which touc