We had the good fortune of connecting with Bhadri Kubendran and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bhadri, what makes you happy? Why?
Plenty of small everyday and silly things make me happy and I feel thrilled for every single one of those instances. Fun experiences (Travel, Sports, Concerts, Movies, Dining etc.) provide me a great deal of joy too. And time spent with friends are timeless indeed – and the best kind. But truth be said – the path to perpetual happiness lies in aligning the right energies to flow within you πŸ™‚

Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I should mention that my art is very spontaneous in the sense – that it plays with the environment it’s interacting with to create what’s best for such conditions (Colors, Lighting, Angle etc.); Having said that, I do have my favorite angles, focus planes and color schemes that you might encounter a lot in my snaps. When both of these juxtapose, it creates a certain unique identity I suppose πŸ™‚ A lot of what has transpired so far has to do with passion, honesty and trying earnestly. Also, simplicity and being rooted helps with any form of pursuit. I love to form lasting genuine relationships with people I interact with, One way to overcome challenges is learning to let-go but still having a certain kind of resolve. To also be successful, constant learning and upgrading is a must; and also to not take anything for granted. I’d love to create beautiful works of art for whoever seeks it from me πŸ™‚ So, everyone’s welcome to get in touch πŸ™‚

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This will be such a humongous list for San Diego without knowing where to start or end. That’s how many spots i love in this amazing city & its surrounds that extend till LA. The best way to do this would be me playing an on-demand tour guide when someone visits and interactively choose based on their interests πŸ™‚ But for the spirit of the question: I’d definitely hit the following hoods, spots etc. in SD. Little Italy, East Village, Bankers Hill, North Park, South Park, Hillcrest, PB, LJ, Old Town, Mission Hills, Golden Hills, Coronado, UTC, all along the corridor going north from Del Mar until Oceanside adjoining the ocean, etc. I totally dig everything (Variety is key) – from next-gen contemporary urban chic spots to the ones that exude super quaint old-world charm; Like buzzing Lumi Rooftop in Gaslamp SD, or Snazzy Contra Coffee (City of Orange), other-worldly Vespertine (Culver City, LA), Spiffy Vanitea Cafes, Trendy S3 Coffee, or the Cozy Little Lion Cafe (Point Loma), the lounge-style hip-vibes of Holy Matcha (East Village) – to the stunning old town of San Juan Capistrano. In between, I’d grab my favorite pizza from Ambrogio15, get an awesome scoop from An’s Dry Cleaning and Stella Jeans, take a detour to Paru Tea Bar, get the absolute best table side tiramisu from Cesarina, brunch in retro-style at Morning Glory, go French-Californian at Jeune Et Jolie, even grab a boba from the unique Camellia Road πŸ™‚ In summary, I would totally drive the friend around the city, from dawn until sleep-time hitting all the spots possible :))) … and repeat !!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Many members in my family have a natural flair and finesse for arts and music. I’d have to first thank that genetic propagation πŸ™‚ My paternal uncle bought me the first lil cameras that piqued my interest and mom always enrolled me in multiple art contests when young… In addition to those initial seeding, shoutout goes to all my friends, the chefs, restaurants, cafes, magazines, PR firms etc. that have endlessly trusted me and provided opportunities aplenty. Josh Kopelman of DiningoutSD provided me the first magazine cover shot gig which is always special !!

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