Leica Fotopark is Leica Camera’s platform for exceptional photography. We will be showcasing the work from some of Fotopark’s users, highlighting their work and images, shedding light into this unique platform. For this post, we feature: Adi Khindaria.
Please share a bit of your background as a photographer and some of the projects you’re working on right now?
I used to sketch, but were never formally trained. As life got hectic, and sitting at an easel became a luxury I could not afford, I turned to photography to capture strong lines and meaningful snippets of the world around me. I have been actively shooting since 2000. Found renewed vigor and energy when I picked up my first Leica M, in 2015. Currently, I am trying to document hidden India. Trying to demonstrate similarities, in daily life in India, with the rest of the world, rather than highlighting differences.
When did you start using Leica equipment? What equipment and why?
I started using Leica in 2015. To be honest, initially my sole purpose was to move to the smallest full frame, professional set up. I have always believed “that the best camera is the one that you carry, always.” Thus, I wanted a camera that is easy to carry, small enough to pack, yet, “big” in impact. Since then, I have come to love my M for many other reasons besides its size. I have the 16-18-21 tri-elmar, 35 MM summicron, 50 MM summilux and 90 MM summicron. I carry all 4 lenses with me at all times.
Please share your experience with Fotopark, what’s your objective in being part of this community?
I wanted to share my work. And, engage with like minded photographers. I only post to Fotopark. I have enjoyed the small but engaged community. It is the cheapest way for me to travel the world and peruse the minds of many thoughtful individuals the world over.
Let’s talk about your Symmetry images; what’s your appeal to symmetric objects or places?
I started this project with the aim of finding symmetry in daily life. Some images are apparent, others not so. True, naturally occurring symmetry at the macro level is hard to find in nature, while it is abundant in micro-environments and living creatures. I must still work hard on this project. In a formative stage, still.
In your black and white series, there’s a strong element of contrast in the images, where the theme of the pictures become not so much about aesthetics, but more about an irony or message, can you describe the process behind this?
It takes a long time for me to frame the image in my mind. I want to convey a message through my “point of view”. Once I have framed the idea, I go looking for an image. I try to block out the distractions and the larger beauty around me, as I try to focus on the lines and scene to convey my message. My ideal world would only exist in silhouettes, facesless, colorless; just the expressions. Cold but, that is the way I prefer it.
Your trip to Scotland highlights the buildings and skyline, what were you exploring through this series?
The starkness of the landscape – peat and bog landscape devoid of trees and forests, that were cleared for sheep rearing, with the tightly packed cities. I guess, the hostility of the landscape explains the huddling mentality of the towns and cities. I was impressed with the character of Edinburgh, the consistency of the architecture, the symmetry in the man made structures, on a macro level. Strong lines, monochromatic old town to go with the landscape.
What’s your post-production process? Do you use a particular technique to give your images that “Adi” look?
I like to present my images in either a square format or 2:1 landscape crop. I use NIK Software for tonal contrast, black and white conversion. I utilize digital neutral-density filters to selectively darken or lighten areas of my images. I will sometimes spend days or months, with one image, in my digital darkroom, subtly making changes. I try to “make” an image rather than “take” a photo. I will never add an element that was absent from the original scene but will not be shy about eliminating distractions.
Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers, maybe other projects you’re working on?
I want to see the world through your eyes. I want to learn about your world, go out, shoot and share your photos.