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Meet West LA Photographer and Retouching Artist: Vikas Sharma

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vikas Sharma.

A self-taught artist Vikas comes from the school of thought of beauty in simplicity. “When you shred things down to the bare minimum, removed of any thread of pretention, what remains is an essence and it is beautiful in itself. The simpler the picture, the more it is remembered,” believes Vikas.

Currently based in Los Angeles, Vikas left a potential career in engineering, to pursue his incipient passion in photography and the visual arts. His journey began in 2000 in Mumbai where he worked in the film industry of Bollywood as well as advertising and fashion. His drive and personal style in photography took him further to New York City in 2006, where he worked for six years before moving to the West coast. Vikas has a graduate degree in philosophy from the university of Mumbai and he believes that delving into the subject, having an inclination for a ceaseless philosophical inquiry of life has molded his approach to the visual arts. “The two fields are harmonious. I feel that my thought processes evolve and stem from my philosophical pursuits and as a result, my work becomes an extension of my mind and personality.” Vikas is passionate about art, cinema and music and has previously explored oil painting and other visual arts. He is an accomplished retouching artist and his learning-by-doing approach has allowed him to work with a tacit knowledge and intuition in his chosen craft.

Has it been a smooth road?
I am learning new things everyday. It’s a never ending quest towards rediscovering things.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I would like to focus more on the world of retouching and digital postproduction.

Let’s explore some of the challenges you’ve faced along the way. What was the most difficult part of your career so far?
Like many artists who started their career in the early 2000s, we came from the analogue school and this was the time when digital technology was taking over slowly. This meant that we had to recalibrate and initiate ourselves and our workflow to meet this new digital world. Not to mention the technology was progressing at an exponential rate and continues to do so. So one is always learning and updating their skill set. On the flip side, it was easier and somewhat intuitive for us to adjust to the digital medium compared to someone who started 10 or more years before us.

What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
Well for me it was never “oh I finally made it feeling” because honestly, I’m still learning at the same rate I was 15 years ago. When I started I wanted to be a traditional fashion/beauty photographer but with the advancement in digital technology, especially photoshop, it’s a whole new world to discover. These are powerful tools if you know how to use them and it’s easy to misuse them too. Although the first time I saw my work on a Bollywood movie poster back in 2004 in India, I was quite thrilled.

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