Contemplative Photography With Mallika Rajkumar

I had the pleasure of attending a session on Contemplative Photography with Mallika Rajkumar during the Mindfulness For Intentional Living Workshop I attended recently. I was fascinated with the concept and in awe of this young woman who is so passionate about what she does.

Today, I’m happy to feature the Hyderabad based, Mallika Rajkumar and her beautiful pictures here and have her tell us something about contemplative photography.

Mallika Rajkumar
Mallika Rajkumar


Hi Mallika. Do introduce yourself to my readers.

I am Mallika Rajkumar and I am a portrait photographer. Choosing photography as a profession and working every day in learning this art is so fulfilling. Portrait photography involves an  understanding of people, their emotions, body language and being able depict all that in a photograph. I believe powerful portraits happen when a
photographer merges into the environment and is accepted by people he/she is taking pictures of. It is also photographers’ skill to notice them and click at the right moment.

Take a look at some of the portraits I’ve shot:


You specialize in portraits. But what about your workshops?

Apart from portraits I do workshops on basics of photography and contemplative photography. My workshops are designed for people interested in photography and would like to explore their creativity through taking pictures.

Contemplative Photography? Do tell us more about that.

Contemplative photography is practising the art of photography with a focus on ‘seeing’ the beauty and richness of the world more clearly and in new ways.

“Contemplative photography is about seizing the present moment as one would delicately hold a poppy without shedding its petals. It is about non-attachment; one has nothing to lose and nothing to gain, but everything to offer to the eyes of the viewer.”—Matthieu Ricard, photographer and author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

The best part about Contemplative Photography is that one need not be a photographer to practice this. Although, for all photographers, this is something innate.  I encourage people to ‘see’ and ‘feel’ things around them in my workshops on Contemplative Photography. It could be any interesting pattern, or color or a human behavior. Once you learn how to see, you will learn how to capture them. And this is where photography bit comes in. Aesthetics of photography is also part of the workshop. Photographs taken need to be a reflection of one’s personality and vision and I help them build it.

How does Contemplative Photography fit in with the concept of Mindfulness?

The objective of Contemplative photography is to pay closer attention to the world around you and to live in the present moment, just what mindfulness is all about!

It is a great pleasure to be doing a workshop with Aarathi Selvan, Psychologist and a Mindfulness Guide. Her mindfulness workshops are designed for people to explore their creative side through art. And including photography makes a perfect amalgamation.

My next contemplative photography workshop is on 23rd May in Hyderabad. Please check this event page for more details: 

Portfolio and contact details:

Website : www.mallikarajkumar.com
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Email: mallikarajphotography@gmail.com
Telephone : 91 82975 10125

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94 Comments on “Contemplative Photography With Mallika Rajkumar

  1. Such lovely portraits, they really catch the essence!
    By the way…
    You have been Blitzed!
    Happy blitz day.

  2. Very interesting interview! Mallika\’s photography is stunning and her explanation of contemplative photography is direct and easy to understand. Thank you for sharing her work with us, Corrine! Dropping by as part of the Blitz. 🙂

  3. In many ways…photography is much like writing. A well composed snap shot can tell a story all by itself! Thank you for the interview.

    Oh…and btw…you’re being BLITZED! Enjoy. 🙂

  4. There is a delicate balance to be struck between becoming involved with the photograph one is taking and remaining a detached observer. It’s a study in itself.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  5. Such an interesting concept with the contemplative photography; I had not heard of that term before; but Malika’s work is beautiful! Loved the picture with the baby!

    Happy Blitz!


  6. I am in awe of people who make art with their camera. I plan to buy a camera this month.My photos will be nature inspired. Wish me luck. LOVE her portraits. Thank you for featuring Mallika.

    Happy Blitz Day!! 🙂

  7. Very interesting. I had not heard of contemplative photography but it certainly diss drum to fire in as a compliment to mindfulness.

  8. Writing and photography go so well together. It would be fun to take a Contemplative Photography class. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Blitz today!

  9. Absolutely GORGEOUS photos! I usually don’t like photos taken of me (Yeah, I know), but if I lived … oh, /not/ on the other side of the world, I might be looking her up! Wonderful philosophy behind Mallika’s photos.

    Thanks for having Mallika on your blog today, Corinne. HAPPY BLITZ DAY! :O)

  10. Thanks for the reminder to be mindful of the moment and the world around me.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  11. What beautiful pictures. You’ve been Blitzed!! I hope you enjoy your blitzing! My alter-ego will be around later to Blitz you again. Just giving you the heads up. 😀 Have a great day! Eva

  12. I warned you that my alter-ego was coming back to BLITZ you again!! **BOP** You’ve been Blitzed again with a virtual snowball! I hope you enjoy the rest of the blitzing. Take care! Eva

  13. This is a lovely post with beautiful pictures. I like to caputure moments in time or memories with my camera; not if it’s it art though. Happy Blitz Day!

  14. Hi Corinne; I’m a day late, but hopefully it still counts! 🙂
    These portraits are wonderfully expressive. The photographer obviously has a great eye.
    Have a good weekend.

  15. What a lovely idea! I missed blitz day by a day, but I’m always happy to see the new blogs participating introduces me to. I’ll be back to check yours out another day!

  16. I’m late for the BLITZ! (Computer issues, ugh). I consider myself a photographer, although I’m not a professional, and this is something that I really aim to do with my art: show a different side of people or the world to illustrate its beauty or significance. Love that you call it “contemplative” because both artist & viewer are contemplating the work!

  17. I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to make sure I stopped by and wished you a happy blitz day. 🙂

  18. What a great blog. The photos are amazing, and happy blitz day. Sorry to be late coming to the party but better late than never.
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    author of Suspense, spicy romance and attempted murder!

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