Famous 5: Navin Sarma
Meet Navin Sarma. By day, he is a Client Executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise here in Washington, DC. By night, (and any time of day he’s not in the office) he’s out capturing the beauty of our nation’s capital. Navin is one of those rare “lifers” born and bred in the DC area. He’s spent a lot of the last 10+ years traveling and capturing images outside of DC, but always enjoys coming home to photograph the beauties within the district. We were pleased to track down the man behind the lens and find out a bit more about him and his creative talent.
1. What inspires your photography?
Photography started as a way for me to document my travels in my early 20s. Over time, it became less about “documenting” experiences and more about “creating” images that help evoke the feelings I had while being out in the environment. I’m inspired most by feelings of wonder and appreciation of the natural world. In photographing DC, I attempt to showcase how our famously beautiful architecture interacts with the natural world. To me, it’s the best of both worlds — as I can show off my hometown city in, hopefully, a new light that I find inspiring.
2. What makes DC a unique city to capture on film?
DC’s landmarks are world famous. A mere glimpse of the Washington Monument is instantly recognizable to nearly everyone across the globe. This is an advantage, in that photography of DC can quickly become popular, and a challenge in that nearly every angle of DC has likely been captured by someone before.
The goal for me is to apply my own “lens” when shooting the city. I want someone to see my image and instantly know it’s mine, based on my style that showcases how DC’s monuments and architecture interact with the natural environment. DC is unique as most of its landmarks incorporate nature very well (e.g., the Tidal Basin that allows the Potomac River flow, the Washington Monument on a perch with an unadulterated view to the sky, the U.S. Capitol with its towering trees near the reflecting pool), which helps me achieve my vision.
3. What is your favorite spot to shoot in the city?
4. Are you working on any new projects?
I’m always working something new! I recently finished an architecturally focused set of images I captured at many of the monuments. This set was taken at wide angles to accentuate shape and make each image look abstract, but still recognizable to the knowing eye. I am also looking to incorporate some video into future work.