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My name is Ajit Nathaniel and I’m a Hyderabad-based amateur photographer. I have been taking pictures for over 10 years and got my first interchangeable lens camera in 2019. A random conversation sent me down the path of manual focus lenses and in 2020 I took…


Image — Lana Del Ray — “National Anthem”

I first learned of Lana Del Ray when I heard a dance floor remix of “Summertime Sadness”. I screamed across 12 inches of nightclub bedlam to a musically knowledgeable lady friend — asking her what the song was. For several months in 2016, Lana’s smoky voice and dreamlike music videos were a refuge for me as I processed a devastating setback in my private life. Lana’s songs have layers to them — the haunting melodies with the right amount of electronic effects; complex syncopated beats; and then her lyrics — poetic to the ear, and often with a deeper metaphysical…


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Ever since the Fujifilm XT 2 came out, a number of professional photographers have been switching from Nikon and Canon to Fujifilm. In fact a number of professionals who shoot Canon, Nikon, or Sony for work own an X100 series point and shoot or other Fuji as a weekend camera. Apart from the professionals, enthusiasts who shoot vintage lenses — enthralled by their “character” also appear to prefer Fujifilm because the system’s film simulations give you a finished product “straight out of camera” if you’re proficient enough to get the exposure right. …


A man and a child lie prone in shallow water — the child, tucked under his black T-shirt, seems to have a reassuring arm wrapped around his head. In any other situation, this could be a father and his child napping after an afternoon of horseplay.

Photo: Julia Le Duc

This haunting image of death jumped at me from my Google news feed one morning in June 2019. I have a thick skin for graphic news images, but something about this image stuck with me, drawing me into a funk that day. I didn’t get much work done because I was scrolling through Google…


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My name is Ajit Nathaniel, and I’ve had a premium Medium membership since January 2019. My motive behind obtaining a paid membership was to access the amazing writing on relationships, technology, self-improvement, and art that abound on this platform. Understanding that my premium membership comes with the privilege to share my writing, I took my chances, and have published 18 articles on Medium since then. Of these, four articles have been picked by Medium curators to be featured in publications on investing, photography, privacy, and relationships. Emboldened by this, I decided to sign up for the Medium Partner Program.

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Film photography is attracting new devotees. Fujifilm just revived the Acros 100, a medium speed Black & White film that seems to be popular with creative photographers. Kodak too, is said to be facing ballooning demand for its 35 mm films — so much that it’s actually expanding production and brought back Ektachrome — a film that it discontinued in 2012. Harman Technology Limited, the company founded to rescue Ilford Photo from receivership in 2004 operates a thriving film business. Harman reported an operating profit of GBP 3.12 million for the year ended December 2018, up from GBP 2.14 million…


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Reams have been written about the adverse impact of aggregator services on local economies. In India, Uber has been blamed for devastating traditional taxi systems and trapping it’s “driver partners” in debt. Food Delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato have been criticized for pressuring restaurants to the extent that a “logout” campaign last year put both delivery platforms into aggressive damage control mode.

This week, Oyo, a so-called desi unicorn fired 3000 employees by Email. This single event makes me think that surviving this disruption is all about the human touch — something that quantitative management styles can never accomplish. Sure…


Photo by Marco Jimenez on Unsplash

It’s a story that we see playing out around us all the time. Man has his heart broken, decides that he has “had enough” and hits the gym to “show her what she’s missing”. A young entrepreneur has his dream mocked and goes on a one-man crusade to “show everyone” what his dreams are worth.

I firmly believe that adversity is one of the many effective catalysts for positive change. This is something that has played out numerous times in my own life and in the lives of people around me. Being at rock bottom — whether emotionally, financially, or…


Nary a week passes without a prominent photographer, media figure, or camera company executive lamenting the impact of smartphones on photography. The latest one to do so, Former Vogue photographer David Bailey, lamented the death of the “Star Photographer”. Bailey concedes that his wife’s Instagram posts are better than his pictures. Another writer blames cellphone cameras as a direct cause of the death of photography and yet another implicates the narcissism of the social media generation as an accomplice.

I’m relatively new to cameras. I’ve owned a Canon S90 Point and Shoot since 2010 and only recently switched to a…


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Of the number of consumer companies that have changed the way Indians shop, among the most transformational must be Lenskart. This online eyewear retailer disrupted the high-margin eyewear business by centralizing production in a high-tech factory — subsequently putting thousands of mom-and-pop optician shops out of business. Expanding into branded eyewear, the company has decimated the market, leaving only the high-end eyewear retailers standing. The Company’s premium priced sub-brand with products “inspired” by designs from global labels is now threatening those still viable.

I have been a Lenskart customer since mid-2014, having bought four pairs of glasses from them. Of…

Ajit Nathaniel

I am a writer, corporate ethics specialist, film photographer, and investor based in Hyderabad, India. www.boethius.in

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