About Uday Arya
I’m a Landscape, Fine Art and Travel photographer based in New York. I originally studied to be an engineer, though I have been principally drawn to photography, music and poetry. I have learned much from the works of Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, and numerous outstanding contemporary photographers who have been generous in sharing their journeys. In this vast ocean of humbling work, I have added here my few precious drops. I am drawn in my photographic pursuits, to seek the elusive, but inevitable
‘Flamings of beauty into earthly shapes’
It is my continuous hope to find a steady stream of this infinite beauty everywhere I go, and I hope you will see it in some of my work.
My Journey as a photographer began in my teens when I borrowed my father’s battery-less Olympus Trip 35mm film camera. It had a beautiful steel body, and its 40mm lens was a great way to begin learning composition.
My next serious ‘step up’ was to the Minolta system, landing myself my dream film camera, the Maxxum 7, with the tack-sharp 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 lens. All the photographs of Ladakh were captured with this system on Velvia 50 film.
During my years in New York, I experimented with different kinds of color and black and white slide film before taking a deep breath to step away from photography for a while.
I returned with renewed interest and engaged a Nikon D90, shooting with a 50mm prime and Tokina’s excellent 11-16 f/2.8 wide-angle zoom. In late 2012, I made the plunge into FX via a D800, and have been shooting primarily with a 50/1.4 prime and Nikon’s 16-35mm f/4 lens.
WHY FLOATING SUNS ?
I love the image of a ‘floating sun’ and the line of poetry in which the term appears is richer still. These are among my favorite lines of poetry, and appear in a mystic poem by the name Savitri
Flamings of beauty into earthly shapes
Love’s broken reflexes of unity
Swim, fragment-mirrorings of a floating sun.
Seeing is believing. Taking the time to stop, breathe, and reflect has been instrumental to my growing understanding of the world around me. Priya and I are currently working on sifting through and organizing some of our travelogues. If you’d like to be notified as and when these appear, do subscribe to our mailing list by entering your email on the top-left of this page.
Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you enjoy some of my work!