Who am I?
Hi, I am Deepti a photographer, a traveller and a photography mentor with Canon India. I am completely obsessed with photography and a true believer in the power of images. Travelling for photography and seeing the new culture and horizons is what I live for! This is the space where I share my travel experiences, life stories, tips for photography and photos in the form photo stories and blogs.
My Life story?
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That is the story of my life. I was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and in an unfortunate event of losing my father at the age of four, I and my family moved to Bareilly. With a troublesome childhood, and growing in a humble family the only thing I had in my control was hard work. As a girl, growing up in one such small town, I struggled to ‘stand out’ as well as ‘fit in’ the stereotypical mould of Indian culture.
Curious about the life beyond the boundaries, longing to escape its regressive clutches, I entered the big city life and started to work in the sprawling Indian IT industry as an Engineer. However, I found there was a miss. I wasn’t the same girl who believed in being the best. I was just nobody.
How Photography changed my life?
A colleague handed over a camera in my hand in 2012, and since then my life has been about photography. I have now moved away from my corporate job and living a semi-nomadic life. Travel is what keeps me happy and challenges of photography keep me going. So far I have travelled to 10 countries and 20 states of India on personal and sponsored trips, and I feel I am running out of time.
Apart from Travel photography and blogging, I work on the gender issues in rural India and small towns under the umbrella project ‘Women of India’. The hardship of my mother and the stories of women I met during the last few years of travel have particularly inspired me to pursue this project. I strongly believe that the gender issues in rural India, which are largely different from urban India and western world and are not highlighted and addressed appropriately, so this personal project is an attempt to bridge the gaps between two Indias.
What is photography for me?
For me, Photography is an art form, which has taught me a lot in life – to be more human and to live on my own terms. Also, to keep me open to the possibilities which the universe might bring and most importantly, to keep dreaming.
Please feel free to reach me if you want to talk about photography or just want to say Hello! firstname.lastname@example.org