Nature Encourages Me To Click

Photo Project, Photography Inspiration

Written by Zoey van Mierlo
Zoey is a 28-year young dancer, born and raised in The Netherlands but living in Lisbon for the last 4 years. With a bachelor's degree in Dance and a screaming traveler's heart, she has a lot of interests and passions. Besides being a freelance content writer and social media manager for Photography Playground and co-founder of Area-Cinzenta, she is a supervisor at Indie Campers.

Photography Projects by Arpita Maheswari Singh

This month’s blog takes us into the wonderful world of India. More specifically, to a little village next to the Mahanadi River, called Athmallik. This magical village is the source of inspiration and encouragement for Arpita to document the mesmerizing world around her.

Arpita´s home town is surrounded by hills, deep forests, and water. “I have been surrounded and inspired by this since my childhood.” The green of the forest, the blue of the sky, and the clouds have always attracted her. 

“I spend my free time watching nature.

Her photography journey began when she was a 13-year-old girl and started to take pictures of the flowers in her backyard. For Arpita, flowers are the most beautiful creation from God and it’s the subject in nature that attracts her the most to capture. From beautiful, subtle close-ups with raindrops to a field of flowers in the distance. 

photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India
photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India

Looking at Arpita´s pictures I feel drawn into her images and the emotion she so genuinely puts in. You almost smell the flowers, feel the sun shining on your face and feel the wind blowing.

“In day to day life, while I am moving along the road, roaming in the forest area and watching the movement of the water in the rivulet, it’s the situation that encourages me to capture all of it.”

photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India

Besides beautiful flowers, she also has a beautiful rural way of photographing the world of the streets in Athmallik and around. 

Life in the slum areas, the street food markets, and the roadsides are also part of Arpita’s palette when diving into her pictures. Raw and honest are the worlds popping in my head. I really get an image of the life there. 

photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India
photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India

Arpita’s father is a journalist. And when she was a young girl and found the pictures that her dad made in the past, she always had a lot of questions to ask him. Questions about composition, lighting, angles.

“He inspires me every time”

During a journey she took one day through a hill area close to her home, she wanted to take pictures of the scenic beauty of nature around her. Here she used the guidance from her dad and put her learning into practice. 

photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India
photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India

Arpita is learning more and more about photography, day after day. Experimenting and spontaneously allowing the moments to click that button and capture the beauty of her home country. She always tries to search for creativity in her images and composes the background before capturing it.

“Angle and background must be understood.”

Now, for all the curious, inspired and motivated photographers out there, this is the number one advice from Arpita : 

“Photography is a feeling; you cannot learn it from just someone, you have to learn it from everything and everyone around you.”

photography projects arpita maheswari singh, photo project, photography inspiration ©Arpita Maheswari Singh, Athmallik, India

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Zoey van Mierlo

Zoey is a 28-year young dancer, born and raised in The Netherlands but living in Lisbon for the last 4 years. With a bachelor degree in Dance and a screaming travelers heart, she has a lot of interests and passions. Besides being a freelance content writer and social media manager for Photography Playground and co-founder of Area-Cinzenta, she is a supervisor at Indie Campers.

Photography Projects

We at Photography Playground love photography projects. I lovingly call them Obsessions & Fascinations. Because a photo project arises out of a fascination for a specific subject. Very quickly that fascination can turn into an obsession. Nothing wrong with that.

All of a sudden you see photo opportunities everywhere and you find yourself doing odd things because you just have to follow that creative impulse.

This monthly blog series is an ode to the obsessed and fascinated humans among us where we make room for photographers to showcase their pictures.

​Do you have your own photo project you would love to share with us? Can be anything you photograph on a regular basis or for a limited amount of time. There needs to be a common theme, subject or thread in the photos.

Get in touch with Zoey van Mierlo who is the coordinator, curator, and writer of the series.

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10 Comments

  1. Ambica Uppal

    Amazing !!

    Reply
  2. Asit kumar

    Good going, go ahead, keep clicking ??,

    Reply
    • Arpita Maheswari Singh

      Thanks a lot

      Reply
  3. Chinmaya Kumar Mahakud

    Good initiative. Keep it on.

    Wishing you all the Best.

    Reply
    • Bikram sahoo

      Nice initiative ,keep going
      Wish you all the best..

      Reply
  4. Debasish Rout

    Excellent work, glad to know that you’ve started blogging, keep going ?

    Reply
    • Arpita Maheswari Singh

      Thank you

      Reply
  5. Somanath Sahoo

    So sublime and scenic

    Reply
    • Karin van Mierlo

      Totally agree! 🙂

      Reply
    • Arpita Maheswari Singh

      Thank you

      Reply

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