My Visual Diary
Photography is part of my life. I am a visual person. I started to capture simple objects under the guidance of my father who by no means was a professional, but he taught my eyes to watch for the essence. While other photographers, especially in the digital age, often shoot hundreds and thousands of pictures of an event, I always concentrated on the right moment before clicking, even already envisioning the final picture on display or published. Cropping and choosing pictures was later also part of some of my early activities as an editor and publisher. In the beginning, black & white photography was the only medium to use for expressing personal feelings and artistic expressions. Later, color slowly become popular. When I joined the spiritual path of Sri Chinmoy in the late 70s, my focus was partly switched to moving pictures, because especially in the beginning, films and later videos of my Master were very rare. But in my free time and especially on the many trips with him and with the choir “Oneness-Dream”, I always found time for doing some personal photography. I am happy to share with you these moments that I captured on film, paper or chip over the years. If you want to see more, check out my blog https://photoshd.wordpress.com, which became one of my most popular blogs. – Kedar Misani
Paperback, 224 Seiten, 21×21 cm, 159 photographs, February 2022
Printed on natural paper
Comments by Priyadarshan, Tanima, Sandro and Apaguha
Comment by Priyadarshan:
Photography is definitely part of our Path. To my eyes at least, my spiritual teacher has always been a passionate photographer, way before his students followed his tracks in the field of this beautiful art. One of my favourite portraits shows him with two cameras strapped around his neck, something that only a real photography enthusiast can appreciate in its practicality.
I know Kedar as a good photographer. I was told he had been the editor and publisher of a well respected specialist photography magazine in the 70s and 80s, at least to the serious practitioner of fine art in Europe and even world-wide. I also have been a humble practitioner, taking pictures when given the chance, and admiring the art of real artists from afar. I am saying this because, when I was given the opportunity to review Kedar’s new book, I was expecting to see some beautiful photographs, still perhaps in the reaches of serious amateurs. I did not expect to see, to my eye, some truly awe-inspiring works, for clarity of vision, cleverness of cropping, alacrity in shooting promptness and felicity of subjects.
My favourites are his black and white works, but all the photographs in his new book are worth more than an admiring glance, but a careful study and a carefree enjoyment of the beauty breathing in those photographs. I already perused several times through the whole collection and received great joy, abundant inspiration-light, and a tremendous admiration for Kedar’s photographic discipline, keen eye and receptive heart.
I am very grateful to Kedar for sharing his masterpieces with us, and for his continuous dedication to the Art of Vision. I hope he will consider publishing more. Thank you! – Priyadarshan
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