Roshan Crasta got his first camera from his father at age 13. Following in the footsteps of his favorite, Ansel Adams, he began to explore the visual, immersing himself in landscapes, sunsets and unique perspectives. By age 16, the science of the art began to play a more important role in his life. Curious about technical details, such as what makes a good photograph, how the camera actually works, and the interplay between light and the subject, he took a course at the New York Institute of Photography.
The demands of formal education prompted him to receive his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Even as his professional life as an engineer took over, his passion for photography refused to go away. During this time, he started to freelance as a commercial photographer, doing portraits, covering events (such as fashion shows and weddings) and small scale commercial product advertising. Also at heart, an artist, Roshan experimented with fine art photography that won acclaim across diverse communities in Kuwait.
With two simultaneous careers moving forward at full steam, Roshan found himself faced with a life-changing decision to make. He quit his engineering career to focus solely on his passion for photography. Soon after, his reputation grew through the work he did with the Apache Photography Company in Kuwait. During his 4 year stint there, he expanded his portfolio to include interiors and architectural photography, food, aerial, engineering/structural, industrial and time lapse photography.
His accomplishments include being published in various newspapers such as the Washington Post, the Kuwait Times, and other various international dailies and online news magazines, as a Reuters photojournalist. Recently some of his architecture work was published in an international magazine (Europaconcorsi) and also in the September 2009 issue of Domus magazine. An avid trekker, he also indulges in travel photography, some of which appears in his portfolio.
It was on a trip to the Far East, where Roshan discovered an innate love for black and white photography. Inspired by Ted Grant, who once said, “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls”, he has experimented with black and white photography, both as an art, and also in commercial ventures.
“Photography is both my bread and butter, and a creative outlet. As a commercial photographer, my goal is to provide outstanding, uncompromisingly top-quality photography. As an artist, that vein deepens into something more. My fine-art photographs are conversational. I’d like them to speak to my audience”.
Roshan Crasta currently resides in Kuwait.