From left to right : Talent, Cardboard, Genius.
As i stand between a genius and a talent, only I have the time to write this which makes me a man of utter importance irrespective of what both of these gentlemen might say.
When I first heard Angad Achappa had won the Free Beer for a year contest, I couldn’t have imagined the same Angad who runs the www.facebook.com/AngadAchappaPhotography page.
With over 27k likes and several thousand followers, I imagined Angad to be a completely different person than who he really turned out to be. Angad is a professional photographer and explorer who likes photographing wildlife and showing it to the people around who hardly get a chance to see these wonderful living creatures with whom they share the planet.
Some of his shots
These are few glimpses of his latest work and I can tell you his ambitions strive him to capture much much more on reel.
I asked Angad why he choose to take part in the Momoe free beer for an year contest. He replied that he had used the app before, he is usually on the lookout for cool stuff and found it really hassle free to just pay and leave.
“The first time I used it, it was so hassle free I wasn’t sure if it was done. It was like I had solved a question without even trying, so easy “.
Q. So Angad why wildlife photography ?
A. From childhood I had a keen interest in wildlife and nature, and I realised that there was so little people around me knew about the fascinating flora and fauna around, and an easy way of educating them was to actually show it to them through photography as a medium. I was lucky to have a few like minded friends with whom I traveled and learnt photography from. Wildlife photography is fairly expensive, and my parents, while initially unsure about what I was doing, took a keen interest in it as well and have been very supportive towards it.
Q. Does it scare you to go in the unknown ?
A. While it isn’t really scary, there have been a few nerve-racking encounters in the wild like coming face to face with a leopard on foot, and being blocked by elephants guarding their calf on a road at night, but at the end of it all, there is something very calming about being in the wild!
Q. How does it feel like to win a contest at Momoe?
A. I like what you do, I have read about you guys on Yourstory and ET, read about your huge funding and I was always anxious to meet the folks here at Momoe, winning somehow happened and I got 52 weeks worth of free beer, it feels great.
Q. Why photography?
A. I love how a picture can mean so much and so different to so many people, capturing what I love and showing them to the world is exciting and I believe in it. Through the wildlife photography that I do, I often try to tell a story with the photograph that gets the audience thinking and surely somewhere down the line it creates a little bit of awareness and helps conservation a little.
Q. If you could take out someone out for 52 weeks for a beer each week who would that person be?
A. You have put me in a tough spot here mate, I would like it to be my girlfriend, but since she doesn’t drink, I wouldn’t mind the company of Jacqueline Fernandez (chuckles).
On a personal note, Angad is exciting and always smiling, he’s the guy you’d love to have a chat with, adventurous and a story teller. It was a pleasure interviewing him for this blog.
We @ Momoe congratulate him on winning this contest and hope the very best for this bright talent. May you click many more amazing pictures and keep making the world awestruck. All the best dude.
The winning quote? – Ask the tiger, he also knows.
– The Momoe Team