Aman Sridhar photography

Uber Stories - "Mohit"

Note: Mohit is a story I'm including to show the stark contrast in characters I have met in an Uber. While the others might prove to be a more entertaining read, this guy is probably one of the best drivers yet. 

 

Mohit is one of the Uber drivers who I'd say is in a minority - he's relatively quiet. 

He's one of those drivers who just drives his car, accepts the money, chats when he needs to and nothing more. He's a minority because based on my own interactions lately, most Uber drivers have something off about them. 

This bit that makes these drivers slightly skewed is what makes them so special. They are Delhi - chaotic, wild and headstrong. To find someone who's exactly the opposite is definitely a rarity. 

"Good evening, sir." Mohit says as I take my seat next to him. 

Already, I'm a bit thrown off. He's only the second driver ever who's been willing to do small talk with me. I can tell that with Mohit, I'd need to be a little more conservative in what I speak - not in a political sense, but generally with the subjects I bring up and the language I use. 

My ride isn't very far, so I start with the usual stuff. He tells me that he's only been on the road a few hours today, but the work has been flying. 

"I drive for Uber and Ola, so I'm almost always busy, especially during peak hours." 

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When I ask him about the customers he's had to deal with in the past that caused problems, I can sense he's a little hesitant to answer. 

"I've never really had any problems with customers. I just try to do my job as well as I can. I don't want to create any trouble." 

He does go on to tell me how his competition at Ola are ruthless compared to those in Ubers. 

"The Ola guys don't care. They do whatever they want. If they feel like canceling they do it, if they want to kick someone out they do that too. The Uber drivers are still much nicer."

As we pull up to my stop, I tell him about this project, and he's happy to pose for a shot. He obliges. 

 

Spotlight #14 - Fury

This picture was taken a couple of weeks back by me during the first official Budweiser Experiences Boxout Wednesdays

Boxout Wednesdays is the event that I've been covering for almost 6 months now. 

This gig was the first one sponsored by Budweiser. Anyway, that's just a whole lot of technical stuff that isn't really important. 

The reason why I mention that is because of the symbol behind the man in the picture. For those with keen eyes, you can probably recognize it as the logo of Budweiser. 

Now this isn't sponsored (hint @budweiser), but i feel the need to mention that because the logo just adds so much to the picture. 

Seeing as how I've been posting a lot about Boxout lately, I thought it would be fitting for me to use one of my own favourites for this week's edition of spotlight. 

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What really draws me into this picture are the colours. I was mucking about on Lightroom when I had the idea of turning the saturation on, and manipulating the colour around. 

This was the end result. 

In a way, it's a new step forward for me because I've always (and still believe) that I want my pictures to document reality more than anything else. I don't want to or like manipulate the image too much, which eventually forces the picture to look completely different from what was actually captured. 

In this instance, however, I managed to find the perfect balance between colour manipulation, and staying true to my values. 

This was the end result. 

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on the picture, or just generally on anything photography related :)

Cheers

Boxout Wednesdays 026

Check out this week's highlights from Boxout Wednesday that featured Deadbeat, flown all the way to Delhi from Berlin. 

Safe to say, it was a fucking wild night. 

 

Made my way back from the dead

Sorry for the radio silence.

It's been almost two weeks since I last posted anything, and that's mostly because I've been wrapped up tying in many loose and ends and following different leads. 

There's going to be a host of new different dropping on this website starting tomorrow. 

I've been extremely busy with work, which is great. I'm learning everyday, and I'm super excited for the road ahead. 

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post, and keep an eye out over the next few weeks for everything that's going to go down. 

 

Cheers :D

Aman

Spotlight #4 - The eye in the sky

It took me a while to capture this picture perfectly. 

The landscape is photogenic, which is easy enough to capture the vibe, but what really makes this picture what it is is a really subtle part of it. 

Check it out below.

Can you spot it?

It's a massive part of my life - keeping out a keen eye for birds, especially raptors. Ever since I can remember I've always been OBSESSED with all birds of prey. 

When I was looking up at the mountain side, I noticed this bird, which I guessed to be an eagle and I just knew I had to get it. 

Can you tell what bird it is? Leave a comment or two below and share your thoughts on the picture as a whole

Cheers

A