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I am... Nethravathy

Nethravathy Photo: N.M. Srinivas  

My name is Nethravathy. I am 38-years-old. Born in this city, I completed my class 10 and it was by accident that I became a photographer. You see, my older brother, N.M. Srinivas, has a studio in Kachanakahalli. I would accompany him everyday as we were not encouraged to go out and work in offices. My brother slowly started asking me to click pictures. Those days we used film reels and also had to use a dark room to develop the images.

Initially I would be so afraid of wasting my brother’s money by taking bad photos or destroying his expensive camera. But, he was such a good teacher. He encouraged me to try taking new kinds of images and experiment with the camera. He would tell me not to worry if the images were bad, but wanted me to give my best at everything that I did. Now it has been 15 years since I started working as a photographer in our family owned studios. So, even before I was married I was a photographer. Then me and my brother would go all the way to M.G. Road to get the photos developed. What started as a hobby has now become my profession.

Life was okay even after I got married. My husband, Prabhakar Reddy, worked as an auto driver. But soon he became allergic to the smoke and the pollution on the road and again my brother, started training my husband also to become a photographer and we started another studio.

And this one, on Hennur-bagalur Main Road, is the studio that I manage. I start my day here at 9.30 a.m. and stay on till late in the evening. The challenge here is that some women laugh at me when I hold the camera. It hurts me a lot. Then there are some other women who feel proud to see me work in this studio.

Earlier work was tough as every thing had to be done manually. But, now we have memory cards and the images are digital. So right from clicking the photo to delivering the images I do it all hands on. I can take passport sized photos, studio images, marriage photos and make albums too. Till date I have not gone out to take photos as some women laugh. I feel women themselves are cruel to other women and don’t like to see them try their hand at different professions. But if I get good people who will encourage me, I may think of going out to take wedding pictures too. As of now I do all the wedding images, mixing, editing, make Karishma albums or even normal albums.

Now I don’t care even if some people raise their eyebrows when they see me work because I am happy as I am independent and keep myself occupied through the day instead of sitting idle when my family is out. I am content with all that God has given me.


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