Tana Gandhi ?? A Dive Into Photography

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. As quoted by Salman Rushdie, ”A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.” Meet Tana Gandhi, a full time photographer based in Los Angeles, she started her own business a year and a half ago. “It was the biggest challenge I’ve ever had to face! Rewind 5 years when I used to work full time in marketing and began to teach myself photography in the evening. It’s been a long time coming and I’m so grateful to get to do what I do now!” she says.

Here are a few questions that we asked Tana –

What do you think makes a memorable photograph?

”You can get all the technical things right for a photograph, but for me, a memorable photograph is the one that made me feel a certain way. The ones that left me gasping quietly or the ones that were full of delight, wit and charm.”

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

”That’s such a great question! I haven’t given it much thought but my work usually includes color unless if it’s a portrait. They can go together and it’s really all about how you choose to present it. I love seeing black and white for editorials and photojournalism and sometimes still life!”

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

”I think its freedom that photography gives me in creativity, expression and schedule. It’s constantly challenging me to create something different and improve.”

What gear/technology/equipment do you use?

”I primarily use my Canon 6D and my iPhone 6. For studio work, I’ll bounce my flash or use a strobe.”

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

”In the beginning, I wanted my photos to give a feeling of calmness and peace. I’m able to do this by use of light, background, textures and post processing. In addition to that, I now want my images to feel more positive and a bit more cheerful and colorful. I plan on doing this by implementing more color in my work and a variety of subjects!”