Hi, I'm Mahesh Shantaram, a photographer based in Bangalore. I work in the genre of subjective documentary photography, which basically means that instead of being weighed down by the responsibility of ‘telling the truth’ (virtually impossible, if you ask me), I just record my personal experience of an event or situation.
As an emerging photographer in the contemporary arts scene, I celebrate the everyday, the mundane, the leftovers when all the exotic has been consumed or left to dry. You could call me a soldier in the war against cheesy, predictable, and aww-so-cute imagery.
After wasting away in a cubicle in Washington DC, I decided enough is enough, and went to Paris to study photography. When I returned to India in 2006, it was immediately apparent to me that Indian wedding photography as we know it needed some ventilation (to put it mildly). And, to cut a long story short, that's how I became one of India's best-known wedding photographers.
I'm 33 years old, have travelled to as many countries, lived in four of them, and have never driven a car (but was once compelled by circumstances to drive a Volvo bus.)