Musings: Interview With Samuel Suranjan Bushi

Samuel Suranjan Bushi captures the ephemeral with his beautiful photographs. He invests his images with extra-ordinary depth and emotion, bringing to light every detail that would otherwise be un-noticed.

In a conversation with us, Samuel, who is currently studying Theology, let us know more about his passion for photography.


INTERVIEW

We’re glad we could finally get to this chat, welcome- Samuel! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am 24 years old who was born and brought up in namma Bengaluru- I prefer calling her Bangalore though. I’m a motorcycle fanatic and for about two years pursued my childhood dream of becoming a professional motorcycle racer. I really miss riding around in Bangalore traffic and constantly checking to see if police are “catching” people. A series of fortunate events caused me to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan, about 4 years ago. I am currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Religion.

When did you realize art was an essential element of your perspective?

I must have been 16, when I discovered that I had an eye for photography. My friends and family definitely played a big role in helping me realize this. Everyone kept telling me my pictures were really great and for the most part I thought they were just being nice. When I got the opportunity to move to the U.S. I decided to go ahead and study photography. The feedback I received from my classmates and professors was phenomenal and I never looked back.

Are there any particular themes you like to explore in your work?

I’m really interested in communicating emotions. I am fascinated with the way light behaves and so I like to capture light in a way that it “sheds light” on the emotions I am trying to convey.

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The Deck by Samuel Suranjan Bushi

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Message In A Bottle: Grand Rapids by Samuel Suranjan Bushi

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Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?

It’s really hard to pick one. A historic photographer that has really inspired me is Edward Weston and Gregory Crewdson has to be my favourite contemporary artist/photographer.

Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?

I try to give “birth” to my feelings, so most of the creative process takes place, “in between the ears.” Once I have thought through what I am trying to achieve, this usually takes the most amount of time-ranging from a couple of weeks to several months, I begin taking the pictures I need and start working on post production simultaneously. Looming deadlines definitely speed up this part of the process heh heh.

We are eager to learn about the tools you use. Could you give us a quick preview of your inventory?

A professor once told me that I shouldn’t worry too much about acquiring more equipment. Instead he said that I should focus on how I can make the best use of what I have. I have embraced this philosophy and work with just the bare necessities . I shoot with a Canon Rebel T3i that came with a stock 18-55mm lens. I recently acquired a used Canon 17-35mm f2.8 L lens, which is my most prized possession!

Would you mind letting us have a peek at your work station? (an image of your work station/creative space + your tools would be great!)

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Samuel’s Workstation

How is it tackling a commercial project and getting back to your personal artwork? How do you go about the approach and manage to make time for both?

For the most part I shy away from commericial projects. I tend to focus on my own work.

If you were to choose from all your work till date, what would you pick as your most favourite artwork?

Honestly I think they are all outdated. I’ll probably pick work that I haven’t put out as yet as my favourite 😉

Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?

We have a pretty steady relationship. We fight a lot, but at the end of the day I think we really love each other. Jokes aside, I feel like one cannot rush the creative process because details are everything. If I feel like I’ve hit a wall, I just take a break from it all.

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Message In A Bottle: Nilgiris by Samuel Suranjan Bushi

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Message In A Bottle: Lake Michigan by Samuel Suranjan Bushi

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What is the one thing that keeps you going?

My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Does music play an important part in your creative process? Could we get a peek at the top songs on your playlist right now?

Post production usually entails spending hours and hours in front of the computer, so music definitely helps.

Top songs on my playlist:

Renegades Of Funk by Rage against the Machine,

Tell me by RL Grime & what so not,

Octopus-E by Rock Candy Funk Party

If given a chance to work with any artist in the world, who would you pick?

Gregory Crewdson

If you weren’t an artist, what do think you would be doing?

I’d be a Preacher.

If you could have only one superpower, what would you choose?

Flight, I’m very bad at keeping time.

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Message In A Bottle: Michigan City Generating Station by Samuel Suranjan Bushi

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Message In A Bottle: Tree Of Life by Samuel Suranjan Bushi

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If you could give one piece of advice for aspiring artists reading this right now, what would that be?

Networking, Networking and Networking!

How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?

It has been a really fruitful one. I think Cupick is a brilliant platform for all kinds of artists and I’ve been more than blessed to be a part of its community.

 

Check out Samuel’s artwork only at Cupick.com/bushifilmco

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2 thoughts on “Musings: Interview With Samuel Suranjan Bushi

  1. Oh, I was so happy to see this. I’m praying for you. I loved what you said about detail. It does take time and maybe days when I step back from my canvas. Even sad I haven’t found the right color or perspective to come forth on my painting. You have inspired me and Jesus Christ gives all to us.

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  2. Sam’s a great guy and definitely has an eye for detail, his photography speaks for it’s self – many a times completely blows me away!! Pursue your passion Bud!!!

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