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Care2 depends on the generosity of contributors like Ajoy. We hope you will return the favor and visit his website! The following is an Email interview with Ajoy Prabhu:

What kind of work or accomplishments have you done in the world of Photography? I shoot 35 mm slides and occasionally, medium format prints. Most of my images revolve around nature and landscapes. Recently however, I have started to shoot more people pictures especially in India from where I hail. I am an amateur photographer in the truest sense. The only exception being the flash unit that a friend of mine bought me for shooting her wedding!

Have you won any awards for your photos? I am not one for photo competitions, but last year, in the Baltimore Camera Club (reputed to be the oldest camera club in US), I decided to enter some images primarily to get some critique. The result was that many of my images were greatly appreciated- enough to win awards. I have also provided my images to a friend who works for a major corporation. They liked the images enough to use them in trade shows. I have also done some work with the Kodak's "Neighborhoods" program. The results of these were shown on local TV.

Why the interest in landscapes and wildlife photography? This may sound cliché, but I am deeply rooted in nature. I always have a sense of connectedness with the earth and its beings. It used to be an intellectual challenge to take pictures of say, a bald eagle with the biggest lens I could afford. Now, it is more of a matter of showing the beauty of what lies within it.

How many years have you been a photographer? I have been capturing images as a hobby since 1993.

What year were you born and where? I was born in 1963 in Mumbai (previously, Bombay)

Do you do this full time, and if not, what else do you do? I cannot afford to do this full time, because of the fact that it is ingrained in me to work the sciences. I am a medical scientist by profession and work on developing international businesses in the diagnostics test industry. I also run an IT-based business that caters to the medical/pharmaceutical industry. Busy, yes, but the mornings are times when I get to spend in solitude with my camera, tripod and freezing hands!

Has anyone been a particular inspiration to you in pursuing photography? I certainly do appreciate the works of Ansel Adams, Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, etc., but the true inspirators for me have been people I know or have met fleetingly- my friend's friend who used an old Nikon F1 with one lens, had images of Fiji plastered on the walls of his Fairfax home, my dad's friend who, also with a Nikon F1, had images of rural India on his walls in Pune, India...the list can go on.

What is your goal in being a photographer? I used to shoot for myself and it used to be a very objective thing for me. Now, that I have grown beyond asking "what camera did you use" when I see a good image, I find my job more difficult! I realize that an enchanting image has to form well in advance in the photographers mind before the shutter is pressed. My goal in photography is to bring back images that people can relate to and be inspired even for a moment to work towards keeping the earth in balance.

Did you ever have any formal training in photography? No. I read. Unfortunately, these days, the only good books are found in stores and not the local library. One thing is for certain, being technically competent can take you only so far. You need to have that inner vision to go anywhere and one way to cultivate it is by practice.

What are the most compelling reasons to visit your site? The primary reason would be to feel what I did when the image was captured.

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