Interview With : Vaijayanti Varma , Photographer On How Her Passion Led To Her Paycheck
Updated on: 09 May 2016
They say that the character of the artist seeps into their work. Well, Bangalore-based wedding photographer, Vaijayanti Varma's work reeks of creativity, warmth, and is vocal and peppy – just like her. Twenty-something, and she has already etched her name in the world of photography, and she is here to stay! Further, we are glad that she quit her job and followed her passion, otherwise we would not be having this heartfelt conversation! Most importantly, the world got to experience an artist who wears her heart on her sleeves and is hardworking and compassionate – a rare quality in people these days. We catch up with Varma, who tells us about her passion and things that keep her going.
All right, let us start from the very beginning. You told us that you were born in Bidar, and you grew up in Nasik. How was it growing up there? Can you tell us about your fondest memories of your hometown while you were young? Living in 10 cities and 22 homes – things that pushed your creativity and made you what you are today?
My father was in the Air Force and I grew up all over the country. My first move was 20 days after I was born. I still get stumped when I meet someone new and they ask me where I am from.
These Air Force stations were always further away from the towns and quite remote at times. The longest we stayed was 6 years at this station called Ojhar, about 30 kilometres from Nasik. The best part about growing up there was living the simple life. My childhood was spent outdoors with tons of adventures.
My upbringing as a defence kid has shaped me into who I am today. As a fighter pilot's daughter, I saw my parents, really living each day to the fullest and truly celebrating life. This exposed me to different cultures and people from all parts of the country – The real essence to life and death.
I remember… whenever we had to move from one place to another we would always drive. Those long drives with my family, being on the road for days before arriving at our new home, those are some my fondest memories growing up. The travel bug hit real early!
What were you doing before you found your true calling? What pushed you to leave your 9 to 5 job, and go on the road where your passion lay? Anything that you learnt in that process?