Monday, March 23, 2015

Srivatsaa Photography

Today I’d like to feature Srivatsan Sankaran’s distinctive style in his photography. I love the way he uses natural light and how he captures a unique moment in time. You will see how he brings out the simplicity of life and nature through his pictures.


 








Let’s get to know more from Srivatsan himself.

"I am Srivatsan Sankaran hailing from Chennai, India. I am Engineer by education but a diehard Photographer by passion. I have been pursuing my passion for the past 6 year. It began with Sony DSC-S600 and used it for landscape, portrait, etc. After 3 years, I transitioned to Nikon Coolpix and used it for 6 months. I learned a lot through a dedicated lifestyle for understanding the very nuances of photography. My primary objective of photography is bringing out a sense of union with Mother Nature, and a sense of singularity with people. Exploring and experiencing the new places to capture people’s life style, culture and tradition in the sincere way bring immense happiness to me. Over the years, I ventured into commercial photography like small portfolio, wedding candid, Product shooting and post production work. Since I always believe in shooting in a natural way, it helps me to bring a kick start in candid and other shootings."

 
How did you discover your passion for photography?

Photography is used to be an area of significant interest till 12th standard. In the two years, I developed a keen fascination for photography. It resurfaced on a trip to Munnar where I had my first experience using a small point and shoot camera with which I clicked picture of sunrise with a heavy fog. I put up the clicked pictures on Flickr and received comments by foreigners which really appreciated me. In order to pursue more knowledge, I was looking for like minded people and so I put effort to perceive a specific group where we share our knowledge through practical experience. Although i was studying in college, I started to travel many places to cover various events like Holi in Mathura and vrindavan, Dussehra in Mysore and Kulasekara patinam, Jallikattu in Alanganallur , Monsoon moods in North East India etc,. This helps me to root in photography very deeply.

 
Did you get any formal training?

No, I did not get any formal training and I learned it through practical experience. Most of my work is related to Travel Documentary and so experience is the best teacher. If one has enough passion about anything, He/she doesn't require any formal training except Hard work, Patience and humbleness.

 
What kind of photography are you into?

I am into Travel, Creative candid portrait, Macro and Monochrome. Although most of my works are related to travel and Macro, I always love to experiment with creative works. 

 
Any tips for someone who is new to photography?

Always believe three Mantras when you are new to photography

1) Hard work -Leads to Excellency in skill 

2) Patience - Leads to better life

3) Humbleness - Helps to learn a lot! 

Follow your own passion and never let it down. Respect other’s work. Most importantly, please don’t copy other’s creativity

 
Have you had any exhibitions done so far? What are your future plans?

Yes, I have done more than ten exhibitions in different places across India and my future plan is to conduct Solo exhibition of Travel Documentary in My place. I worked in a Corporate Company for two years. Since I am so passionate about photography, I am planning to venture into Full time photography and will take candid, Travel documentary and any assignments.
 
 
Click here to browse through his pictures and for updates on his work.
 
 
Images are copyright/credit Srivatsaa Photography
 
 
 
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Recipe for the month: Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are one of the easiest appetizers to make. It’s just perfect and elegant for any occasion, especially for Easter. I remembered myself enjoying these when a dear friend, Elizabeth Job, introduced me to this appealing appetizer for one of my Christmas party. And it blew me away! I am so glad that I got to finally try these out yesterday. It’s creamy and the ingredients in it will definitely take you to new heights! All you need are some boiled eggs, scoop out the yolks, mash them and add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, finely chopped Jalapenos, salt, pepper, paprika and fresh or dry herbs and pipe or spoon it into egg whites. There are so many variations to this and this makes it a versatile appetizer.

 
 
So here goes the recipe

Ingredients

6 large hard boiled eggs
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2 to 2 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise
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1 tablespoons of finely chopped Jalapenos

2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
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Dash of salt and pepper

Garnish: paprika, fresh or dry herbs

 

Method

Slice the boiled eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks.

Mash yolks with a fork till its finely crumbled. Mix in mayonnaise and mustard. And then add jalapenos, salt, and pepper; stir well.

Spoon the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Or you can use a piping bag instead to fill the egg whites.

Garnish with a pinch of paprika and fresh or dry herbs and chill before serving.



 

Tips:

You can make this one day ahead and store in airtight container and refrigerate. 

For a healthier option you can substitute mayonnaise with yogurt.

For variations you can add parmesan cheese, finely crispy chopped bacon, Tuna or hot sauce
 


All Images are clicked by me



 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Let's Travel

“Travel….It leaves you speechless … then turns you into a storyteller.”

I read this quote somewhere which is so true…. Travel leaves us to explore places, cultures, people, food…. And explore the self. It’s all about the conversation you have with yourself…. And it gives a great sense of beauty around and the feeling of let go…..

Here is my moodboard for inspiration to travel more.


 




 

 

 



 
 
All Images via Country Living and Lonny
 
 
 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Create a cozy office at home

The current trend of working from home has become more of a necessity. And so is the need for making your office an inspiring environment where ideas come to life. Having an office space at home is not a luxury anymore. With some creativity you can convert an unwanted space or neglected corner into a beautiful home office if you keep the following pointers in mind.

  • Good lighting for a bright atmosphere. Preferably take advantage of natural light.

  • Create smart and elegant storage solutions to conceal clutter. If you have space constrain, install some floating shelves and foldable desk

  • Add a splash of colour to your work space by displaying your favorite art, family photos, desk lamp, books or even your favorite coffee mug. Even a small pot plant will give a different dimension to the décor.

  • If your profession is in the creative field, create an inspiration board relating to your field for ideas and motivation. For example if you are in the designing field, you can have a board showcasing the latest trends, your favorite designer, your last collection and so on.

Here are simple beautiful home offices for some inspiration
Image via HousetoHome
 
Image via Better Homes and Gardens
 
 
Image via Better Homes and Garden
smart wall mounted storage solution!, Image via Better Homes and Gardens
 

Image via HousetoHome

Image via Pottery Barn

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

My favorite! a small desk tucked in this kitchen... Image via Better Homes and Gardens


In this beautiful office filing Cabinets and bookshelf gives enough storage, Image via http://www.yasamstil.com 



 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Recipe for the month: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had the most unexpected rewarding experience recently when my 4 year old offered to help me bake cookies!!! She was keen to learn, offered to add ingredients and had fun mixing. And the look of accomplishment on her face melted my heart…And surprisingly I was laughing at the whole mess created in the kitchen … truly a messy and pivotal moment!  This brought back a lot of nostalgic memories of childhood … remembered how I used to offer to help mom to make cookies… and afterwards licking the mixing bowl! I hope to continue to experience this with my 4 year old as she grows up and give her some beautiful memories to cherish.



Cookies are fun and comforting to bake, easy to carry while traveling and great to gift.  This chocolate chip cookie recipe by far is the closest to the subway cookie texture… soft and chewy… the kind that melts in your mouth.


my 4 year old kept these out assuming she may need these cookie cutters ;)


 
 
at this stage she found it hard to mix as the dough starts getting thick and heavy
 
 
 
 
As soon the cookies were baked and out of the oven, and in 5 mins it started mysteriously disappearing one by one!! Click here for the recipe and it gives a detailed instruction. It's from a great food blog called Sally's Baking Addiction. Enjoy baking these awesome cookies!!
 
Images are clicked by me


 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sanctuary to Relax

Our bedrooms are sanctuaries to relax rest and rejuvenate. It’s a tranquil haven devoid of chaos and worries. To me it’s a soothing oasis to indulge in comfort. So what do you do to create this comforting cocoon?

The key is simplicity and just follow these basic design ideas.

Declutter and Organise: Keep your bedside table and dressing table as clear as possible.
Colour scheme: Choose a neutral colour scheme for your walls that is soothing for your nerves and lifts your spirits.

Bed Linens: Indulge in some good linen that will set you your mood to relax. Choose patterns that will blend well with your linen colour and avoid bright colours. Make sure the fabrics are soft that will make you want to instantly crawl into the bed.

No media: Having a TV or a computer in your bedroom negates the whole purpose of having a restful sleep. This is one point I strongly follow.

Greenery: Try keeping a small indoor plant or some fresh flowers for your room. Just to lift your spirits and mood and it definitely helps to distress.

Furniture: Avoid overcrowding your room with furniture. Stick to essentials like bed, side table and dressing table. And if there is adequate space you can create a seating area.  Make sure all the pieces are proportionate to the size of your room.


Here are some handpicked bedrooms that oozed serenity

Image via HousetoHome
 

Image via Lonny
 

Image via Lonny
 

Image via Lonny


Image via Lonny
 

Image via Lonny


I hope you achieve the serenity you deserve, to wake up and fall asleep in your bedroom.
 
 
 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekend Happiness!!

Having an unexpected long weekend has done me so much good…. Most importantly relax, rejuvenate and feeling nourished from within …… Adding to this a surprise visit of a friend bringing unstoppable bouts of laughter and random soul stirring conversations … Using up my time to doing things that make me happy…. Clicking away with my camera while listening to some smooth jazz.… rearranging a few décor pieces with fresh flowers, tried out a new recipe and blog. And if time permits I have a book to read and pursue on a new project (which I will disclose soon once I get to finish ;).... so much to do!!

I hope you get to do things what makes you happy and bright because pure joy does matter to each one of us! Have a nice day and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Sharing a few clicks from my home.....
 
 
 
 



 


Images are clicked by me