BIO Originally from India and now based in Los Angeles, he is a practicing Gastroenterologist. With his medical practice driving his intellectual side he lets photography inspire his artistic motivations. Mohan has embraced his love of photography and now has a thriving portfolio and a growing network of outlets for his images. He has created two books, instructed at numerous workshops and has had success in selling many of his images to galleries and art collectors across the globe. Bhasker shoots both black & white as well as color images for his landscapes and portrait work, utilizing his large format 4 x5 Linhof camera, and Fuji medium format cameras, and Leica M series for his 35mm images. He has worked professionally as a photographer since the late 1990’s and for the last ten years has begun producing platinum palladium prints. This required building a new darkroom, separate from his conventional darkroom where he does all his own film and print processing and enjoys experimenting to fine tune his techniques. Mohan analyzes his images carefully to determine the best printing process to use for each one. In addition to making silver gelatin prints, the added range of tones that is inherent to the platinum palladium process is something he really enjoys. Having spent two years formulating his tonal curve for his digital images printed on Pictorico transparency film via his Epson printer, he has settled on a process that allows him to enlarge his images for use in making platinum palladium contact prints. Having the ability to make enlargements for contact printing is vital to his current workflow and ensures he still gets great quality images. Bhasker embraces analog photographic method and feels connected to the work and the processes, they require more thought and consideration for each image since they provide more opportunities to express yourself at every step. He welcomes the idea that experiments can provide different results and bring something new to an image. Having grown up using analog film, he also appreciates the unique characteristics that each film has and considers this an important part of his aesthetic. He looks to capture the beauty and unique character of each of the places he visits. These rich and detailed images make for perfect enlargements for contact printing his platinum palladium prints. Overall, he has found his winning combination of film, papers, toners and processes to continue creating his wonderful images.
ARTIST STATEMENT I have a deep passion for hand crafted photography prints. I am primarily an analog photographer and shoot with medium and large format cameras. I print both silver gelatin and PtPd. Because of the dynamic range that PtPd yields, it gives me a three-dimensional appearance with endless shades of grey. Every print I make is challenging and exciting! Anticipation of how the print will look like as I pour the developer is beyond words and description!