I first met Gagan Sadana a couple of months ago when we were on the street walk organised by Spyros, for The London Street Hunters meet-up in June of this year. It wasn't until I got talking to him did I realise that he was relatively new to photography. You wouldn't think that when you see his work and also appreciate his understanding of what he is looking for in a street image.
Gagan came to the UK 10 years ago and bought a Nikon D3100, really just to have camera for family photos and days out. But slowly his interest in photography built and he found that he needed to take his camera out when ever he could. He is an IT consultant project manger and makes visits to London from his Kent home on a regular basis. It's these business trips that gives him the opportunity to make street photographs.
He studied the videos from That Nikon Guy (Matt Granger) and the work by Rinzi Ruiz, Thomas Leuthard and Eric Kim. These are the photographers that inspired Gagan to start street photography. He first started shooting with his iPhone on the street. He found this to be a suitable starter to build his confidence until the time was right to move to his Dslr on the street. Interesting to note here that Ggagan's father was a photographer and he is a firm believer like me, that skill in photography and art is an innate ability, as he never thought of picking up a camera before he came to the UK. He had found no interest in it, apart from looking at his fathers great photos.
Using the business trips that he takes to London is Gagan's unique approach to street photography. Its unique in that he only uses about 15 minutes of his time before and after the meetings. He prefers to wait and stay in one spot looking for that moment. He studies the light and prefers to produce a high contrast image. The majority of his subjects are people going about their working day rather than those being out for the day as you would normally observe on a days street walk about. Gagan is happy even if just one image is the image for the day.
He recently has become an Ambassador for Lumix. He uses the Lumix GX7 which he uses for his street photography. The camera is a 4/3 sensor size unit, with a silent shutter plus with a flip up screen. His preferred lenses at the moment are the 24mm or the 8mm fish-eye lens. The camera even with the lens attached is compact and easy to handle unlike his Nikon D3100. Gagan has the opportunity to attend the Lumix workshops in his role of an Ambassador, to talk about his experiences with the Lumix cameras. In this role he doesn't have to review equipment by writing blogs and making You Tube videos, as with Fuji, Panasonic are just happy to get some feedback from their users. He has also had a number of images, which he submitted for selection, added to a book called 'World Street Photography 2015'. A book printed for charity with a limited print run. They are quite rare you'll do well to find one! Gagan has also had images shown at photo exhibitions.
There are several people that have inspired his photography, those being his wife - his most severest of critics (in a good way), his father and Thomas Leuthard!
His favourite photographer is Thomas Leuthard but there are many others that he enjoys looking at on Flickr, Facebook, web sites and in print at exhibitions.
Until next time "Leave your camera bag at home"
The all important links...
The website for Gagan Sadana
Gagan on Facebook
Gagan on Twitter
Gagan on Google+
Gagan on Flickr
Gagan's blog on Tumblr
Gagan on Instagram
The Royal Photographic Society