Nadeem Contractor was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. He currently lives in Mumbai and works for a creative agency. Now, photography is an essential part of his life and, if it wasn’t for smartphones, Nadeem would never has known that he had a flair for shooting.
How and when your passion for photography started?
To be honest, it started with the smartphone itself, because it is easier to carry around than DSLR cameras and I like that it can capture moments readily.
What model of smartphone do you use?
Earlier I used a Nokia Lumia 1020. At the moment, I am using a Moto Z with the Moto Mod Hasselblad True Zoom.
In your images we can see many pictures of street-life. What does inspire you most?
I shoot a fair bit of what could be considered travel photography, but capturing day to day life moments is what really inspires me.
This photo was taken in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. This is the main marketplace in Jodhpur. What led me to take this picture was the range of vibrant colours offered by the balloons. They attract people and children, but also hid the harsh reality of the seller’s life.
This shot was taken while traveling into the village Pali, in Rajasthan. This is a procession for a wedding, where ladies sing a song to a beat of an Indian drum called ‘dholak’. Dresses and colours are the pervasive elements that drew my attention.
What is the story that you want to tell through your photos, when you shoot pictures of people and their habits?
The story which I want to tell through my photography is difficult to explain. But the point is that I’m really impressed with the paradoxical, or ironic, moments in daily life.
This picture was taken in Mumbai, Maharashtra, at Dadar station where there is a vegetable market. The vendors travel large distances from various villages in the very early hours of the morning. What drew my attention is that one of the vendors, in this busiest subway, even in the heart of the market, found a place to sleep so peacefully!
This is a side road hosting a barber shop. There are a number of garages. The mechanics pop into the barber’s chair whenever they get a little free time and take a break from working on the bikes.
What do you like about mobile photography?
Most of the time it is a spur of the moment that you want to capture. The mobility and freedom of using a mobile device make shooting much more effortless.
How would you describe your “journey” in photography?
Few years back, when I started shooting, I would have called it a hobby, but gradually It has become a part of my daily life. And I wish this journey would never end.
Do you post produce your images? And what apps do you use?
Mostly I prefer not to post produce images, but sometimes I do it and use the Snapseed app.
Any new project for your next shooting in city?
I have been planning for a while to shoot Agra and the Taj Mahal. Hopefully I’ll be sending them to you soon. 🙂