About Manjari Sharma
Ishaara is Manjari Sharma’s Blog. Manjari is a photographer who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York but was born and raised in Mumbai, India.
Ishaara is a word in Hindi, India’s national language. Ishaara means, an allusion, a subtle gesture or a sign.
After working with India’s premier publications The Times Of India and Better Photography chasing image making is what brought Manjari to the United States in 2001. In 2004 she graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, her first home in U.S.A. In Columbus, Manjari assisted many respected commercial shooters and also photographed some extremely passionate musicians. Manjari moved to India to travel through her homeland for 6 months voayaging an extensive part of her country and reconnecting with her roots, she moved to New York City in late 2007.
As Manjari currently freelances in New York City, her recent achievements include eight honorable mentions in the IPA Lucie Awards, she has already worked for well known clients such as AOL, American baby, Penguin Books and has worked with acclaimed photographers such as Steve McCurry, David Alan Harvey and Eric Ogden. Manjari’s travels have taken her to Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and recently to Brazil.
Over time it is such a thrill to see how images go through a life cycle. They are born as someone’s poetic reality, ferment, graduate into history and immortalize themselves into someone else’s mythology. The whole time as we chase answers through our photography, it’s incredible to see that the answers in fact lie within our very own photos. Susan Sontag so eloquently seemed to understand what the eventual outcome of every shooter’s relentless picture taking journey is, she said… “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.”
The purpose of this blog is to share works in progress and keep the dream alive. I plan to post images both old and new along side musings and nostalgic references. Please do visit and comment, your reflections and feedback will be much appreciated.