I am now writing a regular column on photography for the Indian news magazine Scroll.in. Here is the second of my fortnightly columns. Hope you enjoy it.
The first rule of success in photography is to be in the right spot at the right time.
The word “rule” makes this aphorism seem more scientific than it really is. Every photographer knows that getting time and location to collude to produce a memorable image is generally a function of trial and error, endless waiting or pure, dumb luck. Serendipity, as I mentioned in the last column, is never far off, always lurking, ready to make us look better than we really are.
This does not mean that you don’t pack your bags the night before or don’t get up at the crack of dawn to be at the sangam in time for sunrise. But it is more than likely that once you are on location, the truly interesting shots will be the ones which just sort of happened. This image is a case in point. (full column)