Sharad Haksar is an award winning photographer and founder/CEO of 1pointsize, “a unique ad agency” in Chennai.
Why are you a photographer?
What else can I be? I’ve been hanging around with a camera since god-knows-when. I guess the joy of capturing a moment in its most glorious form, is what drew me to photography. As I am evolving, I realize my driving force is no longer the quest for a pretty picture. It’s the thrill of sharing what I see with my creative eye. That’s what keeps me going.
Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
I wanted to be an architect. I was in the process of applying to colleges. One day, I just shared my work with photographer Iqbal Mohamed. He just asked me to give up my college plans and join him. That was the most decisive moment.
Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
My role models keep varying with time. In my formative years, it was the venerable names in photography – the likes of Ansell Adams and Raghu Rai. After 20 years of shooting, I’d say, I don’t have one role model now. I feel there’s a lot to learn from so many talented people in photography, advertising and design.