Mayank reveals through his lens, the secret poetry of ephemeral phenomena like wind blown clouds, drying lakes, stains on walls, birds on wires, mosses and weeds; to capture the unity of soul of all elements, the ideal purpose of which is to reflect the soul of the observer.
Mayank Bhatnagar was born and brought up in Jaipur (Rajasthan) India and studied at St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur. Childhood ﬂair for art took him to study graphic design at the prestigious Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda (Gujarat, India), where he got introduced to photography as part of the professional B.F.A. degree programme. What began as a subject turned into a passion, leading him to shoot hundreds of rolls of ﬁlm and develop many black-and-white prints in the faculty darkroom (see blog post Film Days).
After graduation, Mayank worked with Mudra Communications (now DDB Mudra), New Delhi (then one of India’s leading advertising agencies) as an art-director and subsequently started his freelance graphic design career. In year 2000, a trip to Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, helped him develop an interest in birds, become conscious of his surroundings and appreciate nature deeply, all of which helped him to grow as a photographer.
Mayank lives and works in the cities of Jaipur and New Delhi (India) and shoots a wide-variety of subjects, largely using advanced compact cameras. Trained as a designer, it is designs that intrigue him most, whether man-made or natural, fleeting or coincidental, and he loves to capture them with his camera.
His photographs have featured in several publications including Better Photography, Discover India, Live Mint, Planet Earth India, in WWF-India calendars and greeting cards, adorn the walls of hotels and restaurants in Jaipur and his fine art images are in the collection of some of India’s well-known art galleries. As a graphic designer, Mayank has worked for some of the world’s leading brands and designs for several national and international clients. He is also a graphic illustrator and his works have been published in prestigious international and national journals.