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Arshdeep Matharu – New Zealand Fine Art Photographer.. of sorts.

This Week’s Photo – Holi Festival, Rajasthan – Steve McCurry

As I continue to build up towards my upcoming trip to the Taj Mahal and Rajasthan, I want to explore few more iconic pictures from that part of the world. The one is from Steve McCurry, taken during the Holi festival in Rajasthan. This is a simply beautiful image. I’m first to admit that I do not understand colour theory all that well. But what I do know is that red and green sit opposite each other on the colour […]

Three Things I Learnt From Abstract: The Art of Design – Episode 7

Ever since I started watching this series, this is the one episode that I have been really looking forward to. It did not disappoint. The episode is about Planton Antoniou, a British portrait photographer currently practicing in New York. To call him a portrait photographer though, would be a massive understatement. Soul photographer seems to be a more apt way to describe him. If you’ve seen his work, you’ll remember him. Next time you see a Platon print, you’ll know […]

This Week’s Photo – Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika – Martin Munkácsi

This week’s photograph is by a Hungarian photographer, often called the father of fashion photography, Martin Munkácsi. This particular image, of three boys at lake Tanganyika taken in 1929 inspired the young Henri Cartier-Bresson who himself said, “For me, this photograph was the spark that ignited my enthusiasm. I suddenly realized that, by capturing the moment, photography was able to achieve eternity. It is the only photograph to have influenced me. This picture has such intensity, such joie de vivre, […]

Going Deep

I’m in middle of reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. It’s a great book and primarily, it is about shunning distractions in our workplaces and instead of going deep with our work. Similar to how, every once in a while, Bill Gates would go on a “Think Week”. In the book, Cal Newport also describes two types of work – the shallow work – e.g. checking and responding to emails, social media – the work that requires low intellectual capability […]