CC Conversations – Chapter II – Amogh / Pagan Moth

This week featured : Amogh / Pagan Moth

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about interviewing Amogh for a long time.  He’s the artist whose work shows the intricate world of darkness, the classic conflict between the light and the null.

One who knows him, writes  “Amogh’s photos have an urge and such a strong substance enough to make you almost hear it’s music (or screaming, it may depend); before you notice, you’re already into it… and there’s no turning back.”

Frankly speaking, its intense in a way, which in words is unexplainable.

Q : Why “Pagan Moth”?
A : It could’ve been anything,  really,  I just needed a reason to start shooting / posting on flickr.

Q : What is art to you?
A :That which does not follow but creates the precedent in terms of feeling. I don’t know if that makes ‘sense’.  It’s a fulfillment and sometimes a violation of a primal impulse which goes beyond thought and words. it is a loss of mind.

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Q :  There are so many twists and turns in every shot that you click. A story, an intense moment in everyone. What inspires your photography?
A : Thank you, I never saw it like that. Light and darkness, I suppose. Something about people.

Q : Any photographers you follow?
A : Flickr is full of inspiring photographers. I enjoy keeping track of the work of some favourite people: purrkin,  eel, Concrete4, and Brett Walker to name a few.
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This is not really as impressive a picture as he is a subject. And it’s kind of difficult to tell when it’s ‘okay’ to take a shot and when it isn’t. It’s not a very comfortable place to be in but you learn a little something about yourself. I’m still trying to get over that.
Q : What are you reading now days?
A : Just finishing conversations with god book 3 by N. D. Walsh
Q : One of your fav picture and why?
A : Among mine or others’? very hard to say either way heh

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Q : Any tips for other photographers?
A : I’m not the right person for this. I ask myself: why shoot anyway? But if you ask, I quote :

Photography is a body-skill. to say photography is only about seeing is to say standing on pencils is about feet.

Q : Something you’d like to share before we end?
A : Just a thought. I recently came across Susan Sontag’s provocative critique on documentary photographers:

“(They take) dozens of pictures until satisfied they had gotten just the right look on film – the precise expression on the subject’s face that supported their own notions about poverty, light, dignity…In deciding how a picture should look, in preferring one exposure to another, photographers are always imposing standards on their subjects.”

You can see more of Amogh’s work on flickr.

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