When an Amateur grabbed the limelight.

Capturing a moment within a timeless frame is not so simple as it seems. In all its levels of abstractions, what is captured by the hands of a person in the memory card of a camera is not just a photo. It’s all the emotions interlaced within the fabric of that particular moment’s existence; it’s the story of whatever being or object within that moment with all their tragedy and greatness; it’s the plethora of the unheard consciousness, echoing within the pixels of that photo.

I was lucky to find my source of elevation at an early age. I was, I think perhaps seven when I began pursuing the art of Photography. My father had a camera, an old Olympus, and whenever we went on trips, I snapped up every beautiful moment with a lens and a memory chip. Frankly, I enjoyed it. There was no other justifiable reason to why I did it. I just really liked taking pictures.

But as the string of time spun around my little finger, I became obsessed. I’d carry my camera around almost everywhere I went. I found a deeply embossed affinity for Wild-Life photography and would yap to my parents to take me to Wilpattu or Yala whenever we had a holiday. Slowly, but surely, my skills improved. I knew my way around the camera and I was capable of capturing any given moment, in the most staggering way possible. I’d assess my angles and conclude on what fits best. I’d find myself debating as to which lens is most appropriate for whatever moment I was about to snuggle into my camera.
And at the age of twelve, I put up myself for a competition. A competition with adults and professional photographers as well. And surprisingly with the grace of God, I, the amateur was awarded first place.

I began submitting my work for more competitions and was able to win many local awards. I didn’t stop there. I even participated in international competitions and won many merit awards.
One of my pictures was used on the SAARC calendar as well.As my family and friends witnessed my newfound talent and helped me get better at my craft, we started focusing on welfare activities as well. We, my sister and I along with the support of our parents, began a charity campaign where we’d sell our photographs and donate the proceeds to the Sri Lankan Cancer society. We’ve raised around 0.5 million through the span of 7 years.

We’ve also conducted two exhibitions called ‘Photocause and friends’ where kids from all over the country would take part and it proved to be of extreme success.
I started small but my journey has been long and at times, tough. But it was worth it. I’m still pursuing the perfection of every frame I capture and it’s a pursuit that’ll never end. Yet what’s gratifying is the fact that it was never about the destination. It was always about the journey. If you, who is reading this wants to inquire further, please don’t hesitate to find us @Photocause.lk on Facebook.

Nayantara Perera
Gr. 12
St. Bridget’s Convent





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