Photography and Design – An Eternal Romance / by Karthik Rajagopal

When you discover photography in your soul, when you see the world through the lens, nothing will be the same again. Your eyes rearrange every frame of life, to fulfill your whims. Each image is subconsciously designed and consciously interpreted by you. When you showcase them to others, they will have infinite perspectives. These are governed by the valuable principles of design, which is simply the way you see everything. Photography and design are interwoven inseparably, to make the viewer fall in love with an image.

Value is the soul of a picture  

 A landscape is like a human being, with  subtle shades of grey that are revealed only   when you look beyond the vibrant facade. The   spectrum of grey is the value of an image,   its unabashedly raw, pure beauty.

A landscape is like a human being, with subtle shades of grey that are revealed only when you look beyond the vibrant facade. The spectrum of grey is the value of an image, its unabashedly raw, pure beauty.

Symmetry is Perfection

 The Taj Mahal is a flawless romance of  symmetrical minarets and arches, a standing   testament to inimitable Mughal architecture.   Let its beauty and perfection take your   breath away, once again. 

The Taj Mahal is a flawless romance of symmetrical minarets and arches, a standing testament to inimitable Mughal architecture. Let its beauty and perfection take your breath away, once again. 

Colour Reflects Emotion

 Colour is the emotional bridge between the  subject, the capturer and the viewer. Joy,   excitement, angst… every feeling is equally   beautiful, contagious and powerful in the   colours of a picture.

Colour is the emotional bridge between the subject, the capturer and the viewer. Joy, excitement, angst… every feeling is equally beautiful, contagious and powerful in the colours of a picture.

Patterns Transform Everything

 The unusual is often hidden in the usual.  The slightest shift in perspective creates   fascinating patterns. View your world in a   whole new light!

The unusual is often hidden in the usual. The slightest shift in perspective creates fascinating patterns. View your world in a whole new light!

Texture is Life

 Contoured, weathered, scarred, yet ready to  withstand relentless heat and lashing rain.   The texture brings alive the personality of   the tree trunk.

Contoured, weathered, scarred, yet ready to withstand relentless heat and lashing rain. The texture brings alive the personality of the tree trunk.


Movement is a Visual Journey

 As the busy ants march, they create a black  path, and your mind travels along it,   wondering about their destination.

As the busy ants march, they create a black path, and your mind travels along it, wondering about their destination.


Lines Create Dynamism

 The stillness of the wood turns into dynamism that takes you along inverted train tracks. Lines transform the visual experience.

The stillness of the wood turns into dynamism that takes you along inverted train tracks. Lines transform the visual experience.

Space Creates Depth

 The blackened leaf acquires new life as the  centre of attention. Its rough visage is   complemented by sand and stone, creating a   unique visual mood.

The blackened leaf acquires new life as the centre of attention. Its rough visage is complemented by sand and stone, creating a unique visual mood.


Harmony is Simplicity

 Beautiful grassland where deer peacefully  enjoy a meal, as the trees watch them… the   simple harmony of nature bathed in golden   sunlight. 

Beautiful grassland where deer peacefully enjoy a meal, as the trees watch them… the simple harmony of nature bathed in golden sunlight. 


Contrast is a Surprise

 Rays of smoke pierce through the darkness,  contrasting with subdued vessels, lending an   unexpected flavour to an everyday scene.

Rays of smoke pierce through the darkness, contrasting with subdued vessels, lending an unexpected flavour to an everyday scene.

Perspective Adds New Dimensions

 For a moment, the girl is trapped in a maze  of lines that travel in structured   haphazardness. Yet, her perspective is a  mystery to the viewer.

For a moment, the girl is trapped in a maze of lines that travel in structured haphazardness. Yet, her perspective is a mystery to the viewer.

Shape is Definition

 The oddly shaped grid lights up with unusual  beauty. It starkly breaks through blackness.

The oddly shaped grid lights up with unusual beauty. It starkly breaks through blackness.

Copy & photography of window by Niranjani Ravi. Photographs by Karthik Rajagopal.