Oops. I’m not able to believe myself, that I randomly got up an hour ago (2.30am) to know Shiv is no more. It was a sad demise of this sopper cool photojournalist who worked on a spectrum of stories including the ones on forest brigand Veerapan and one eyed sivarasan.
When DNA launched their Bangalore edition, Shiv was responsible as a photo editor to bring in five-days-a-week picture page under PicUp section. It was great meeting Shiv through Selvaprakash, his colleague at DNA earlier in 2009. And lucky me, I happened to have lot of mini conversations on photography with him, when he wanted to bring in a section under iPic, where citizen photographers can share their views through images.
I believe his weekly columns on photojournalism on DNA were priceless and i still keep a copy of one of his focal point writeups on “Citizen journalism way ahead for Media” where he started of with “Chatting with Perumal Venkatesan, fondly known as Pee-Vee”, which was published in Feb 2010. I was quipping something and all on the current trends, cloud computing, citizen contributions etc, and it was really a long chat, went on for at least 12 minutes on the topic for DNA. The last conversation i had with him was in May 2010, that’s after his move to Bangalore Mirror and now he permanently moved away from all of us.
One of his images, taken in January 2004 entitled, Before Bhopal, won 10th prize in the colour section of the WHO photo contest, “Images of Disability 2005″.
Let his soul Rest In Peace. I must say, we lost a real cool photojournalist. WE MISS YOU SHIV.