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Daily Inspiration: Meet Pratik Mahesh Parulekar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pratik Mahesh Parulekar.

Pratik Mahesh, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. Coming from a family of artists, most of my childhood was spent by drawing and painting. Being mentored by my grandfather, who was a commercial photographer and artist, I developed a serious interest in arts. He used to take me to a lot of art competitions and exhibitions in the city. These exhibitions exposed me to different mediums in art like oil painting, watercolor, sculpture, etc. Growing up, I was not great at academics as I never had any passion towards it. Post my high school, I had decided to pursue a career in commercial arts. I got selected in Sir. J. J. Institute of Applied Arts. The same university where my Grandfather had his art diploma from. A small dream was realized. In my BFA, I studied advertising, graphic design, typography, layout and illustration.

In the 3rd year of the program, we had to choose a specialization. That is where I decided on photography. As an artist, I was very poor at drawing human figures, therefore my attraction was always towards objects / still life. This liking for still life drawing is now transformed to still life photography. My final thesis project in the BFA gave me a personal validation about choosing photography as a career. Post-graduation, I decided to pursue my MFA in photography, this is when I decided to move to San Francisco, I completed the MFA in photography with a presidential scholarship from the Academy of Art University. In my student days in the Academy of art, I was fortunate to intern for Mr. Dwight Eschliman, one of America’s biggest still life photographer. I am presently working as a photographer in San Francisco bay area and planning to open my own studio in the next year.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Overall I can say it’s been an extremely smooth road. I was being mentored by a lot of great photographers and instructors who always had faith in me, inspired me, guided me, protected me in every way that could, It was all their unconditional help and immense support throughout my career which has kept me away from the severe struggles in photography. Thankfully, I am incredibly lucky to have not had helpless moments in my career thanks to all these great people who continue to support and help me.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My specialization is into commercial still life photography, having studied drawing, painting, design art history, advertising since my childhood days, my style is based on the neoclassical art movement of the 18th and 19th century. I have a strong emphasis on bold colors, graphical composition, depiction of lights and definition of forms in my photography. I truly believe having an art background and an advertising education helps me a lot in art direction which is an important part in pre-production stage of commercial photography. Having acquired my technical education by interning and assisting photographers, the combination of these two experiences sets me apart from others. I truly believe a good technical approach is critical to executing the creative ideas. From getting the color and composition right to getting the consistent shadow densities consistent, both of these aspects are important in making creative and consistent work.

What’s next?
In the immediate future, I plan to photograph more cosmetics. I think cosmetics as a subject offers me almost every element of art I am attracted towards. Color, shapes, design, form are a few things which appeal to me the most. I also think I am able to express my personal style in the best way in doing cosmetic images. I am currently in process of pitching my ideas to a few brands. In this year, I am also planning to open my own studio in San Francisco Bay Area. It has been my long-term dream to have my own studio and realizing my dream this year would be a great personal success.

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Photographer: Pratik Parulekar

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