Kavin Narendranathan is a photographer and former film practitioner based in Malaysia.
He’s best known for his work on Modelling scene & been developing a body of photographic work since the 2018.
His current practice seeks out humble nature, avoiding the iconic in an effort to impart a sense of memory, contemplation, and awe.
Kavin Narendranathan is currently an Active line up of Photographers in Malaysia.
He has represented as lead photographer for many commercial print ads locally and internationally.
We asked him a few questions about his life and work.
You began your career in films but you’ve also been photographing since 2018.
How would you describe that journey?
I actually first began working in films and dramas locally.
The transition to photography occurred very recent and was completely accidental.
A company director saw some of my work and hired me to shoot production stills on one of his projects.
During the edit of that project, he decided to include my stills into the film but held off telling me.
He then invited me to the editing room to show me the completed work. I was immediately taken by the medium and pursued both for the next 5 years.
By the end of that period, I was doing far more photography and decided to concentrate only on that.
Although I stopped accepting cliché photo assignments, I always took pictures as a personal statement.
I guess you can call it my hobby. I am driven to continue to create more images.
You are known for photographing models in nature and places off the beaten path.
What draws your initial interest in a place?
I like to photograph places that are not already well known because of existing photographs that have been taken by previous pioneers of photographers.
My goal is to engage the viewer in a way that points out the beauty or ironic nature of what may often be overlooked or dismissed as ordinary.
Occasionally I photograph events, as well.
How important is weather to your model photography?
I rarely take pictures when the weather isn’t right, and if I do those are very rarely seen.
I find what most people call a beautiful day-cloudless, sunny days-to be visually lacking and nearly impossible to compose.
When there’s weather, the pictures are more dramatic and they begin to tell a story.
What has been the most rewarding experience for you as a photographer throughout your career?
Finding an audience that appreciates the work, whether it’s photography or cinematography.
I’m lucky enough to stick to the stills work I want to create using my own and that others have supported that vision.
I’ve never tried to shoot to please others and I find it miraculous that others like the results.