We had the good fortune of connecting with KAMALA VENKATESH and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KAMALA, what inspires you?
My inspiration comes from my travels and from looking at photos taken by other photographers. Of course, there are the masters like Ansel Adams and others, as well as Dutch master painters like Van Gogh, Matisse, Vermeer, Monet, etc. I feel like all forms of art, including the art of gardening, ceramics and many more are very inspirational and there is a big connection/crossover between the arts and the artists of different genre. My photography has recently inspired me to take up water color painting.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hiking in a variety of locations is so much fun and the year-round moderate climate is so conducive to physical activities. My city also offers such diversity in ethnicity seen in the architecture and art around us. International restaurants of great quality and variety are scattered all over the city. With San Diego being in such proximity of the border with Mexico, unarguably, San Diego offers the best Mexican and Latin cuisine.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The biggest supporter of my ‘art’ was my father. My father did not live long enough to see me get serious with my photography, but very early in my life, he encouraged me to paint and very proudly displayed my artwork. Sadly, he is not around to see me blossom, at such a late age(I am almost 71 and had he lived, he would have been 110+!), into a photographer. But as far as photography itself, it is my now 87 year old brother who was a photographer way back when equipment was rather very expensive and very few people took up photography as a hobby. Even as a child, I remember him always with a camera in hand. I would be fascinated by the little flash bulbs and even collected the burnt-out bulbs. He was published in some major magazines when he was only in his early 20’s and the amazing black and white photos he took and developed himself, inspired me, but not till I was much older. Even today, I share my photographs with him and have even gone on shoots where he is constantly guiding me with his expertise. Above all, his encouragement means a lot to me.