Who are you, and what do you do?
Hi, my name is Gurliv Singh. I am a photographer, a graphic designer and a Computer Science engineer. I am currently working on my photo project “Ardas” (Prayer). I try to capture moments and the click of the camera shutter is my favorite music.
What is your story?
It all started during High School when a relative gifted me a digital camera. It was a simple point and shoot camera. I was so fascinated by it that I always kept it by my side and gradually it changed the way I saw the world.
We live in this flowing river of moments called time but we cannot keep a hold over it. Time holds us, molds us but we cannot hold the time in our hands. It is a camera which gives one the ability to capture time, to pause it, to control its ever changing shape. We can give a second an eternal life and this fact has always beguiled me. These moments in the end become memories. A community memory becomes art. These facts have kept me going, and I have evolved each day with this ever evolving process.
What are some things you like and cherish about your community?
I thank god that I was born in a community which starts its day with the prayer “ਤੇਰੇ ਭਾਣੇ ਸਰਬੱਤ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ॥“ . I love the Sikhi - Sikh way of life, to always follow God’s will (Hukam), and everything in the end will be a bliss.
Lately, our Punjabi community has been plagued by self-proclaimed religious gurus, corrupt politics and drugs which have been smothering our community day by day. Instead of following the teaching of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s “ਇਕਾ ਬਾਣੀ ਇਕੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਇਕੋ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ॥ (There is One Bani; there is One Guru; there is one Shabad to contemplate.), Sikhs are still disillusioned and following corrupt and fake thugs. Secondly, politics has infiltrated our religion, the combination of religion and politics has always been bad. Instead of serving the community, Sikh politicians are serving their self-interests. The biggest problem of 21st century in Punjab is the problem of drugs. Punjab is the numero uno in alcohol consumption in India. The way drugs have engulfed our youth is totally devastating. To dig ourselves out of this hole, we all have to take responsibility to fight against these three evils prevailing in our community, both at a personal as well as at community level.
With the boom of social media, we have the opportunity to take advantage of the media to promote rational thought among our people. There is lack of awareness among our Sikh community, our youngsters don’t know that how wonderful and modern are the teachings of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. If we, as a community, can mirror the life of Ten Masters and their sikhs, in no time we can achieve the Punjab of our vision.
Any advice for youngsters who want to follow your profession/area of study/research?
Don’t follow the rules, create your own rules, create your genre, create your own identity, imagine and create.
Any books/films/resources you would recommend?
Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji and DasamGranth
Books Zafarnama – Guru Gobind Singh Ji On the road – Jack Kerouac The Rebel – Albert Camus The Autobiography of Malcolm X POPism – Andy Warhol
My camera, 50mm lens, My Moleskin, Picasa