Happy Birthday Vinod!!!

I just wanted to quit my job and follow my passion. There were only two problems. I didn’t  have a job to quit or a dream to chase. But then there are some people. They relentlessly follow their dream. They may take up something they always wanted to do. Right at that moment, they are facing their masters straight away. The person who is going to pay them should be pleased. There may be situations when they have to drive 1600 kms without sleep in their car to be at the right place at  the right time.

I have always wondered what keeps them going. That is something I will never really understand. My friend Vinod is one such person. He followed his dream to be a photographer. He was always there whenever I needed him. When I was away from Facebook for a period of time, he always called me to check whether I was alright. I’ve seen him cover a Kathakali performance in the evening and a fashion show late at night without even having a gulp of water. I still wonder what keeps him going. This video gave me an idea, why a photographer is important. No amount of money will compensate for what he did to these people.

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For a photographer to sustain in the market now, it is not just enough to be good with the camera. He has to be a master negotiator, a patient artist, customer care executive answering some stupid queries over the phone. He is doing it and I am happy for him. He might not have achieved what he wanted to achieve now. But one thing I am very sure is he will be there at some point of time. Because hard work and love for an art cannot go wasted. Because people do not chose art; Art chooses people.

Here is wishing him a very happy birthday and many more happy returns of the day. I wish I could click the celebrations of his birthday. I am not skilled like him. I am not patient like him. I don’t have his eye. But when I type this I have a big smile on my face and I know he would like to capture that as well. Let the party begin bro!!

How to celebrate birthday of an artist without showcasing few of his masterpieces? :P.

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12 Comments

  1. Destination Infinity December 14, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Wishing Vinod a very happy birthday. May he spread some of his knowledge to all of us so that we start taking viewable photos 🙂

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna January 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Thozhil ragasiyam boss. When I met him last he had a queue of people curious to learn from him. Better apply for the position now. 🙂

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  2. vinodvv December 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Thambi, thanks a ton for the wishes. I am so happy to have a bro.

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    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna January 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      🙂 Anytime boss

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  3. aparna December 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Good to see . Nice write up… Happy Bday VV.. U have strong buddy.

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    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna January 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      hehe. Thanks Aparna 🙂

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  4. Bhavia Velayudhan December 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    This was very sweet of you 😀
    I’m sure Vinod would have been so happy seeing this

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    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna January 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Bhavia

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  5. Neelesh December 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Wow! Bragadeesh! This guy’s gonna make it, for sure. These photographs are a beauty.

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    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna January 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      🙂 Thanks Neelesh. Your words will give a boost to him.

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  6. mahesh December 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Vinod is a true star 🙂 the passion with which he focuses on the object through the camera view-finder is immense it is like Arjuna just focussing on the eye of the bird! Good post!

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    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna January 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      So true Mahesh

      Reply

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