ANNECHIRA SHIVA, popularly known as Shiv Gandhi, is a Professional Photographer from Bangalore. He grew up with Sketches and Painting as a part of him. His obsession for art from a very tender age grew tremendously, and he nourished further with the help of Camera Rolls during his college times. After his Graduation in Electronics Engineering, he went on to work as a Photojournalist and Editor with a Global Media giant for around 8 years.
The intense desire to be an Artist deep within, triggered to an extent that he decided to take up Photography as his profession, independently. This passion drove him to travel extensively, to a magnificent mix of wild life, historic places and also natures less travelled destinations. His photography not only exposes the splendid Nature, but its untamed life too.
Travel and Nature Photography is not as easy as just Click, says Shiva. The sketch/framework of the image is created first in his mind, which is then slowly and carefully nurtured into series of thoughts linking it to its heritage, history, present and to its timeless beauty. These deep compositions in his mind create an imaginary picturesque of the scene. He transfers this imaginary picture into his Camera which demands the knowledge of perfect lighting sensitivity and reflection, along with the combination of various angles, and indeed lots of patience and perseverance.
His mind does not compromise, till it is satisfied when it compares the imaginary image to the captured one. This calls for a lot of struggle within and without in terms of appeasing the hunger in his mind for that image. Hours and hours go by waiting for that precious moment to captivate that shot, that capture, which becomes a priceless beauty and a historic past. He says past because, that lighting, climate, and moment is gone and cannot be captured again as Nature keeps changing its Canvas. He is ready to go above and beyond to make the current and future generation to vouch for the protection of our invaluable resources. Love Nature, Nature Loves you back forever....
His photography brings about a stronger emphasis on natures aesthetic value as he gives life to the images utilising natures lights, communicating to us the mysterious, awe-inspiring hidden wonders and facts of the nature. His images captured with so much of physical and mental involvement does not need much retouch. He also does not favour retouching the Images or interference of too much Photoshop with the Captured image. His photography not only invokes strong feelings within us, but transports us to that very scene/place. Shiva believes - Original and Natural is Priceless.
His current passion is to pay tribute to World Renowned Painting by capturing them on Photographic images without the use of any Photographic strobe lights. He has mastered the technique of creating Painting like Images, by using Primitive Lighting methods. He spends considerable amount of time in understanding and experimenting various methods to create unique images.
Shiva has also depicted the lifestyle of various personalities including Actors, Models, Dancers, Writers, Musicians, Politicians, Businessmen and Sports Personalities through editorial and commercial assignments. His works were appreciated and awarded the Best Lifestyle Award in the year 2016. He handles sophisticated cameras like Mamiya, Hasselblad and Arri with ease. He gives life to his Images through his Artistic mind frame and acquired technical knowledge.
His unique piece of work is a feast to the eyes of the art and nature lovers to dote over, and calmness to the soul within. He has planned a series of Exhibitions based on Heritage, Tribute to few World
Renowned Painters], Wildlife, and more to come While his awesome gallery is stunning to behold, it is definitely worth a visit.
His maiden Exhibition is based on Natures SCAPES. Come and Fall in Love with our Countrys Beauty through Shivas Lenses.
SCAPES OF INDIA, a Photographic Exhibition is held at Reves Art Gallary from February 1st 2019 till Feb 11, 2019.
Inauguration is on February 1, 2019 at 5pm.
About the Gallery:
RêVES ART GALLERY- Jayanagar, Bangalore
Rêves Art Gallery (RAG) established in 2015, is a true fine art destination for art lovers, connoisseurs and investors, who can find their best choices. The art that Rêves showcases enables an art collector to locate a very rich and beautiful artistic wealth, comprising of a marvellous blend of both, traditional and modern Indian Art. The gallery warmly extends its support to the budding artists by helping them put their best foot forward to tread well in the realms of art.