Snapshots: Pause And Take In The Moment With Nakul Vengsarkar’s Photography Exhibition At Cheval

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How many times times have you caught yourself missing your camera when you spot a bright smile on a fellow commuter’s face or catch the beads of sweat glistening on the hurrying dabbawala’s forehead as he brushes past you on Dadar station? Nakul Vengsarkar’s photo exhibition titled ‘Paused’, which opened last night at Cheval, captures many such moments from the city. We spoke to the young architect about how did this affair with the camera begin and what does ‘Paused’ have in store for visitors. An excerpt:

You are a full time architect, how and when did you take up photography?
My first foundation in photography was a laid back in 2009, when I interacted and shot with with professional photographers during a stint in Milan. Six months ago, I decided to extend the artist in me and capture the myriad colours of Mumbai and put together ‘Pause’.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from everything around me which triggers emotions.

Nakul Vengsarkar
Nakul Vengsarkar

What is ‘Paused’ all about?
‘Paused’ is my way of saying, stop and embrace the moment! There is so much beauty that goes by every second, unnoticed and unappreciated. As an artist, I am drawn to photography as a medium to capture and showcase the ‘paused’ moments from the streets of this vibrant city of Mumbai. Moments that evoked a visceral aesthetic response. Cheval will be by second showing of Paused.  Cheval is avidly promoting new artists and therefore, I decided to exhibit there.

Digital photography has given everyone a chance to take up the craft as a hobby. What advice would you give budding photographers?
The advice I would give to hobby photographers is to start shooting. You can use anything from your phone to a digital camera to a SLR. For serious photographers, they should opt for DSLR or look at medium format camera.  Just go out there and shoot and enjoy shooting. Dont be so serious about it.

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Being a Mumbaikar, tell us top five places in the city that inspire you or you enjoy shooting?
Ballad Pier, Dockyard Road, Mumbai Slums (Bandra/Worli/Dharavi), Sasoon Dock, Chor Bazaar

And what is your favourite
Food in MumbaiMaharashtrian food
Place to unwind in Mumbai – Home
Things to do in the city – Eat
One thing you love about Mumbai – the people and the enthusiasm
Hate about the city – Corruption

Catch Nakul’s exhibition at Cheval all this month. Like to click too? Send us your Mumbai photos at [email protected] and you might get featured in Readers Write!

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Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.

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Garima Sharma
Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.