Jun 18, 2021
Barbour International represents originality at its finest, and originality goes hand in hand with creativity. Starting a passion project is the perfect way to explore your creativity, that’s why we’re getting to know four creators, shining a light on their passion projects.
Next up in our series is photographer Niran Vinod, who sets up Sunday photo shoots in his own home, letting his daughter control art direction, while he handles the professional equipment. With a driving direction of ‘I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares’, Niran is letting go of financial expectations, and letting creativity shape his passion.
What inspired you to start Sunday shoots?
I missed photography - it was a big passion of mine in my 20s but as my career progressed and life happened, I ended up directing other photographers and not having the time to do it outside of work. After seeing one of my friends recreate iconic movie scenes to further his craft, I told myself that I’d get back into it. So, I figured I’d invest in a basic lighting system and make it a fun family activity.
Why do you feel it’s important to fulfil your creative needs?
With a passion project, I feel it’s important to create for yourself, not anyone else - not a client, not for money and not for an algorithm. This project is for my family, and I want to create beautiful things with them even if no one else cares.
What does ‘passion project’ mean to you?
For me, it means something you’re sacrificing your personal time to do. It’s outside of your day-to-day job and you’re doing it for yourself, to satisfy your own creative needs and to exercise your craft.
What was your mission/aim when starting Sunday shoots?
To make it a fun family activity and also expose my children to photography. My eldest is almost three and she already knows what a set looks like, how lighting impacts a photograph and setting a scene up.
How important is creativity for keeping a balanced/healthy and mindset?
Everyone’s creative in their own way. There’ll be people who read this and think “I’m not creative”, but you can be creative in whatever field you’re in, whether it’s banking or cleaning. There are elements of creativity in your day-to-day that you’re applying without realising. Creativity is deeply ingrained in us. When I’m in the zone with a creative project, getting into that flow state helps with keeping balanced and energises me.
What would your advice be to anyone else thinking of starting up a passion project?
Whatever you’re thinking about, just start it and learn as you go on. The hardest part is taking the first step. Don’t overthink it. Let your creativity flow.
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