Capturing The Moment – Aayushi Parihar

Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Taking pictures is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. It can be used as a powerful medium of expression and communications, and offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.

We often wonder what makes a perfect picture. But isn’t that one of the great mysteries of the world? To shed some light on the art of camerawork and to know why people are so crazy about it, we talked to many photography enthusiasts. One such aficionado is Aayushi Parihar.

“I started off as a fifteen year old, with a demand of a new camera. Even though, I didn’t know what ISO and apertures were, I wanted one,” said Aayushi when we asked her how she started with photography.

One of my very first shots taken back in 2012.

“I have always looked at things with a different perspective. I wouldn’t say that I’m doing anything different from others, but the way I do it, has a unique flair to it. I’ve been writing since I was twelve. I wanted my stories to be expressed with a winsome touch, to them. That’s when I started with clicking pictures. It’s been four years, now.”

From the archives.

“I’d spent a lot of time, to understand what photography was. And it is something beyond sunsets and minimal skies. Trust me upon that. I joined Instagram a year ago, and I’ve come across some amazingly talented people, who’ve been inspirations to me. And For me, photography is more of a medium to portray my thoughts.“

We decided to brainstorm Aayushi about her perception on photography.

What do you think makes a memorable photograph?

“See, according to me, every photograph comes up with emotions and memories, there’s no specificity. All my photographs are very personal to me. Everyone perceives a photograph in a different way, I perceive mine, emotionally. So every picture is memorable.”

This one is one of my favourites. I have never experienced a flea market so beautiful.

How does black and white vs. colour play into your work? Do you find them to be totally separate beasts – or complementary?

“I have a borderline obsession with black and white. Monochrome has something in it that catches all my attention at once and it can never be a fad. Despite the greyscale, monochromatic pictures do not lack any inch of emotion, as the coloured ones. Black and white pictures, give a different kind of drama to the image, that I think, coloured pictures cannot, at times. According to me, black and white pictures are AVANT GARDE.”

The horrible truth – I‘m free, but i never am,
The shackles tied tightly.


What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?

“Like I said, every picture I take, has an emotion attached to it.

The reason I started instagramming was so that I could portray my words, express my views and emotions through my pictures. There’s this thing inside me, to get better with every paragraph I write and every photograph I click, to come up with a new story every time. That’s what motivates me.”

What gear/technology/equipment do you use?

“I use the expected, an iPhone, and a Sony alpha 37, a canon 700 D, with the standard lenses. As far as technology is concerned, I use Instagram and VSCO, for post processing, that is all. (I sound so unprofessional, Haha!)”

We’re not bound by the constraints of time.

Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?

And again, the reason I started clicking pictures, and posting them, was because I wanted to express my thoughts. I wanted to come up with a new story with every picture. And I’ve been doing it, since quite some time. Each picture, takes a lot of effort. A perfectly timed photograph is the outcome of all the hard work that is put in, the drama that’s required, that’s what gives life the picture. And a precise paragraph, that tells a story, makes it even better. That is what I try to do, every time.  I’m not a professional, I don’t even consider myself as a photographer. Though, my photographs and blogs are an outlet from my monotonous life and an extension to my personality.”

It is quite evident that photography is much more than a hobby or pass-time activity for a lot of people. Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. Everything in life is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.

– Aditya Ajay

Follow Aayushi Parihar on Instagram for more amazing pictures – @Parihar_