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Photographer of the Week: Maulik Parekh

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

For Maulik Parekh, photography is an immersive experience. The president and CEO of Inspiro Philippines (formerly SPi CRM) concentrates on his job as he leads the company through a five-year roadmap of growth but when he is behind the lens of his camera, he focuses on something else – capturing the most dramatic displays of light.

  • Tiger Looking For A Prey

    Tiger Looking For A Prey

  • Tiger Approaching, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

    Tiger Approaching, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

  • Tiger Against A Pastel Background (Maulik Parekh)

    Tiger Against A Pastel Background (Maulik Parekh)

  • Sunset At Zion National Park (Maulik Parekh)

    Sunset At Zion National Park (Maulik Parekh)

  • Sunrise In Utah (Maulik Parekh)

    Sunrise In Utah (Maulik Parekh)

  • Solitary Man In Kochin, India (Maulik Parekh)

    Solitary Man In Kochin, India (Maulik Parekh)

  • Red Crowned Crane, Kushiro, Japan (Maulik Parekh)

    Red Crowned Crane, Kushiro, Japan (Maulik Parekh)

  • Pride of Lions Silhouette, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

    Pride of Lions Silhouette, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

  • Polar Bear Against Glacier (Maulik Parekh)

    Polar Bear Against Glacier (Maulik Parekh)

  • Peru Mom and Baby (Maulik Parekh)

    Peru Mom and Baby (Maulik Parekh)

  • Peru Boat In a Lake Abstract (Maulik Parekh)

    Peru Boat In a Lake Abstract (Maulik Parekh)

  • Nepal Lady Smoking (Maulik Parekh)

    Nepal Lady Smoking (Maulik Parekh)

  • Morning Walk at Red Fort, New Delhi (Maulik Parekh)

    Morning Walk at Red Fort, New Delhi (Maulik Parekh)

  • Man on a Horse, Morocco (Maulik Parekh)

    Man on a Horse, Morocco (Maulik Parekh)

  • Mama Bear with Cubs, Alaska (Maulik Parekh)

    Mama Bear with Cubs, Alaska (Maulik Parekh)

  • Mama Bear with a Cub Moment, Alaska (Maulik Parekh)

    Mama Bear with a Cub Moment, Alaska (Maulik Parekh)

  • Male Tiger Growling, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

    Male Tiger Growling, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

  • Lioness on a Morning Walk, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

    Lioness on a Morning Walk, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

  • Leopard Looking For a Prey, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

    Leopard Looking For a Prey, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

  • King Fisher, India (Maulik Parekh)

    King Fisher, India (Maulik Parekh)

  • Kayak Vendor In El Nido Small Lagoon (Maulik Parekh)

    Kayak Vendor In El Nido Small Lagoon (Maulik Parekh)

  • Indian Woman Cooking (Maulik Parekh)

    Indian Woman Cooking (Maulik Parekh)

  • Giraffes Against Sunset, Kenya (Maulik Parekh)

    Giraffes Against Sunset, Kenya (Maulik Parekh)

  • Fisherman In Legaspi City (Maulik Parekh)

    Fisherman In Legaspi City (Maulik Parekh)

  • Cheetahs Enjoying the Breakfast, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

    Cheetahs Enjoying the Breakfast, South Africa (Maulik Parekh)

  • Camel at Sunset (Maulik Parekh)

    Camel at Sunset (Maulik Parekh)

  • Bhutan Monk Walking Through Light and Shadows (Maulik Parekh)

    Bhutan Monk Walking Through Light and Shadows (Maulik Parekh)

  • Bhutan Monk in a Frame (Maulik Parekh)

    Bhutan Monk in a Frame (Maulik Parekh)

  • Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Maulik Parekh)

    Antelope Canyon, Arizona (Maulik Parekh)

  • Abstract Architecture, Spain (Maulik Parekh)

    Abstract Architecture, Spain (Maulik Parekh)

    “Oftentimes, what makes a photo memorable is how the light manifests itself in the frame through shadows, highlights, and backlight. For me, the main subject is always the light and once I find the right display of light, I try to add other elements, such as people, wildlife, landscape to the mix,” he explains.

    It was a thirst for adventure that led to his journey into photography. He recounts taking a leap of faith in 2009, leaving behind a corporate job as he embarked on an indefinite sabbatical with just two belongings: a bag pack and his first DSLR, Canon 50D.

    “Over the next six months, I traveled through eight countries in Asia and Europe and started capturing places and people through the lenses of my camera. Right away, I realized that photography significantly enriched my experience as a traveler. It forced me to really be there, to be present and aware of my surroundings. Whether it was capturing a magnificent sunrise in Angkor Wat, solemn meditation of a monk in Myanmar or just a curious sparkle in a baby’s eyes in Nepal, I was fully there,” Maulik shared.

    His evocative photos have not gone by unnoticed. Two of his pictures were published in National Geographic’s Daily Dozen. His goals are simpler though: “In this Instagram age where people upload and scroll through millions of pictures every day, I believe you have succeeded as a photographer if your photo stops the viewer in his tracks and draws him into the frame even for that extra moment or two.”

    His photos are about arresting moods, and extreme ones at that. He shares this story to explain:  “One of my most memorable experiences was when I chanced upon an elderly Nepalese woman sitting on a veranda of her small hut smoking local marijuana. She was clearly feeling the high and yet behind the veneer of this ephemeral high, I could sense and feel overwhelming melancholy and sadness in her eyes. On the other extreme, I have vivid memories of photographing four young vivacious girls full of curiosity, joy, and a touch of mischief in a very small village of India. Two very different moods. Two very different pictures.”

    As someone in a leadership position in their organization, Maulik says that he encourages team leaders and members to nurture outside interests. “At Inspiro, we pride ourselves in creating a culture that genuinely promotes work-life balance. In addition to creating a healthy and inspiring work environment, we actively encourage people to pursue their passions and hobbies outside of work. Many of our leaders are accomplished singers, dancers, painters, scuba divers, and surfers, to name a few.”

    He shares proudly how photography adds value to his professional life. “Some of my best work-related, out-of-the box ideas pop up in my head when I am on my photography trips. That’s why for the last nine years, I have been very disciplined about planning at least two photography trips a year. I believe pursuing one’s hobbies is a great way to de-stress, relax, and rejuvenate”

    (Instagram: @maulik_eye ; www.maulikparekh.com)

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