About Rajiv

Rajiv Chopra graduated from The Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, specializing in metallurgical engineering and corrosion. Subsequently, he did his MBA from The Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Rajiv started photography soon after completing his engineering, and made his foray into photography shooting in black and white film. Black and white film photography remains his first love, even today. His first camera was an Olympus OM-2n, which he keeps with him even today. He made a relatively late entry into digital photography, and today shoots largely in that format. Over the years, he has lived in India, England, China and Singapore. He has travelled extensively in India, and has lived in many parts of the country. He has also travelled extensively in China and Europe. Today he specializes in landscape, street, portrait, travel, industrial, interior and small product photography. He has started to spend an increasing amount of time doing more conceptual and abstract work. Along with his associates, he offers services in media solutions.

Rajiv has published a book for young adults called “Percival: The Mrodic Wars”.

He has also written the lyrics of a song called “Nevermore”, in conjunction with SWO8 Jazz of Canada, and is working on the lyrics of an album for them.

He blogs extensively, and can also be found at http://rajivchopra.me Rajiv has been published in “Inside Outside” magazine, as well as “Terrascape” and “Unmapped” magazines.

Rajiv is also an affiliate of Macphun, a company that makes excellent imaging editing software for Macintosh users .

Rajiv also represents Corning for their Masterpix brand of prints on glass

He has recently been exhibited at

  • PSA China 2016
  • PSA Annual Exhibition 2016
  • Sociedad Fotografie 2016, Argentina
  • Salon Del Plata,2016, Argentina
  • Honorable mention at the IPA Awards, 2016
 

“The aim of art if to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”. Aristotle

For me, photography is about self-expression. During my years in photography, I have focused on a few areas, in which I feel that I can express myself best.

These areas are street photography, landscape, abstract, architectural and people photography.

In each area, I strive to go beneath the surface of the image to find the story and beauty that is hidden below the surface.

I shoot using both black & white film, as well as digital. Each has its own power, and its own discipline. Each demand that you look at light, shadow, colours and tones in a different way, and it is this search for light and shadow that has been my lifelong quest.

The areas that I work in, all have a contextual frame to them. My work in landscape photography is based on my early years in the mountains, river towns and my love for nature.

My work in travel and architectural photography is often set in the context of history, as well as my love for the freedom of the road.

People, in my view, are more than what they seem, and I find joy in capturing the expressions on their faces, and the twinkle in their eyes.

The patterns of nature have inspired my work in abstract photography.

Stories, symbols inspire my move towards still life photography.

To me, photography is a metaphor for life, and this is what I seek to discover continuously in my photography journey.

As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of significance. Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon F 75 film camera.
  • 28-200 mm lens
  • 14-24 mm lens
  • 50 mm f1/4 prime
  • 85 mm prime
  • 60 mm macro
  • 105 mm macro