After a decade-long stint in the telecom and IT industry, self-taught photographer Asif Khan set up a freelance practice focused on the documentary photography format. Besides themes of identity, migration and personal histories, Khan says the social aspects of urban design, particularly the way in which individuals claim living spaces often catch his eye. An interest that he attributes to the success of his commercial practice, which includes architecture and interior design photography. The Kanpur-based photographer likens his Instagram feed to a visual journal. “I’m not particular about the where and how of travel, only the when. It’s something that I always look forward to, regardless of the place. Any place, be it an alien geography or your own backyard, provides opportunities for making photographs, as long as enough patience and courage are cultivated. It’s possible that one might need these qualities in greater measure if it’s the latter location,” he says.
A game of footy in progress against a backdrop of the Aravalli hills in Mt Abu, a fisherman casting his net along the coast of Diu, immaculate white Goan-Portuguese sacred architecture beneath a blue sky. Be it cityscapes or pastoral settings, Mitesh Nathani’s images seem to have one thing in common – a sense of freedom. The amateur photographer’s feed is filled a travelogue of his trails across India. “I like the beauty of still pictures. Photography is limitless and the challenge behind capturing and expressing in that split-second of a moment is what draws me to this art form,” he says. His latest images experiment with different frames – for instance, a diagonal framing adds new perspective to an old bridge in Daman. Of all the places he journeyed to, Nathani is most enamoured my Rajasthan – its diverse landscapes, timeless architecture, vibrant fairs and other tiny tales hidden in its quaint by-lanes.