Photographers – the lucky ones

Some photographers have a good time at work. Ask Shashwat Nagpal, a photographer first and then a colleague of mine (View his awesome pics here).

Not just Shashwat, other photographers also have a great time. The other day I was waiting for my passport photograph to be taken at a studio, and I heard a boy and a girl speak inside the darkroom. This is how the conversation went:

“We start out negative,” the boy said.

“That’s exactly what I do… at first it is always negative,” the girl responded. I got curious and inched closer to the door so that I could hear them nice and clear.

“Shall I enlarge now?” It was the boy. My heart skipped a beat. Being a gentleman, I couldn’t keep my ears to the door any longer and went back to the mirror and started putting on the make up.

After ten minutes and boy (who eventually turned out to be the guy who took my snap) and girl emerged out of the dark room. They were sweating. To ease into the scenario, I said: “You are sweating.”

The boy just smiled, and said: “Yes, darkrooms are not supposed to have fans.”

I couldn’t get a good glimpse of the girl…but I am sure she was smiling too.

Maybe my deep respect for photographers came from the fact that for long I thought God was a photographer. Whenever there was lightening, I would rush to the balcony, look towards the sky and smile.

While I have immense respect for photographers, I also have empathy for them. They work day and night, and yet are never left with any photographs of themselves. They shoot at weddings…yet not many girls are ready to marry them. Don’t believe me…take stock of the married photographers you know.

There was a time in my life – when I was young – when I wanted to become a photographer. I even got a chance to make it to the National Geographic magazine…but the ghost that I was supposed to take a picture of and send…backed off at the last minute because my flash wasn`t working. One could say that the spirit was willing but the flash was weak!

Even after reading all this, if you think photographers don`t have fun at work…take a look at pictures of Umed Singh Bisht (my ibibo Sawaal team mate ) presented below. And if you think the photographer didn`t have fun clicking these pictures…you must be over-exposed:

The pictures shown above are also an attempt at showcasing Umed`s talent at displaying true-blue expressions. He is open to movies and advertisements, so if you have an offer… please get in touch with him at:

Umed, if you are reading this remember that I deserve a 10% Agent`s commission.

By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at or message him at +919650080255.

11 replies on “Photographers – the lucky ones”

oooo, do we get to pick which is funny, and which is er, not?

Ok here goes:

Funny – Try again, do u see anything inside
Not so funny – Can u stop tickling my bla bla please?

Nice though. I sure hope Umed has a sense o humor 🙂

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