Gautam Narang

What is photography? What is art? What is the point of it? It's everything around us, and it's yourself. There is no point in it, it's putting your thoughts on paper, in an instant, expressing more than words can, so many things. Photography and art aren't limited to the medium; they're more than that. I believe that the real art is the artist and the world. This is what inspires us - something may catch one person's eye, while another person just walks past it.

Photography has taught me the value of detail and to look for details -- photography is more than clicking a button. The camera simply allows the user to catch the image, but it is the artist who sees it. I think that life is full of sped up days. The camera crops this so you can focus on what you want. Photography takes a moment, and stretches it to infinity. Photography gives us the calm of observing that moment properly, and life is like this to me, full of clutter and very special moments.

In India, I saw uncensored reality, real poverty, real madness - not the sanitized cleaned up, behind closed society doors of Britain. These themes interest me because they are more real, because everyone identifies with the underdog, and because not many can identify with the entrenched falsity of the ruling classes. This is how photography is different: it is designed to raise questions rather than answers. Even so, artists will remain unfulfilled because in their quest for answers, they simply raise more questions.

Don't take anything for its face value. Everything can be doctored, even these words - read them once, forget them, and go make your own art.

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