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Dravasp Shroff is a portrait photographer. Born in the city of Bombay (Mumbai). A graduate of Manipal University in Dubai with a Bachelor of Arts Visual Communication major, he divides his time between graphic/web design, fashion and commercial photography.He’s had his hands on cameras since the age of 13 and been shooting professionally for over 6 years. His works with photography, video art, performance art, installation work and stop motion photography are appreciated by his friends and colleagues around the globe. And when he’s not working or hunting through the city for some great shots (professionally and personally), Dravasp is an adrenaline-seeking junky that savors the risks of the racetrack (all while making sure to never miss a meal). To add to the mix, he maintains his own blog. Based in Mumbai, MH, India he works with his old man to operate We Sky Print LLP (Merchandise Web Store / Android App) and After Party Drivers Tours and Travels LLP (a micro travel company).With a happy soul and a love of travel and music, Dravasp’s here to encourage creative expression through photography and to help people tell their story beyond the limits of words.“Your poverty-stricken but happy neighborhood photographer. Shoot just about it. I work hard to create content with a pinch of soul.” – DRAVASP SHROFF. Projects curated to raise awareness include: Nepal Heritage Series – (Nepal Expedition 2014 is a Self-Invested Project to Promote Awareness for Poverty, Buddhism and Nepali Culture through my lens. It lasted for 16 days traveling to explore different parts of Nepal.)On The By Lanes of Dhobi Ghat – (Capturing the young and old dhobis on the streets of Mahalaxmi amidst the open air Laundromat is a sight to experience by itself. Feels like a neat concrete game of Tetris, with interlocking grids of wash pens of Rs 300 per month that are infused with scattered bundles of a day’s worth of the city’s laundry.)Bastakia Arabian Culture / Dubai Museum with  Abdullah Al QassabDynamic, Vibrant, Creative and Crisp are the words that define his photography style.


I set out to explore and experience all of Nepalese Culture, Food, Adventure, People and Architecture that’s over 400 years old !The much #awaited #journey has now #begun. Amidst the skies 8000 ft above sea level I #travel the #path to the #Himalayas. #Exploring through the rocky terrain of Northern Asia. Completely #unorganised and with no #hotel #booking I’m clueless of where I’m going to stay and what are my plans once I land in #Kathmandu #Airport. #Searched and #bookmarked a few hotels whilst I was taking off from #Mumbai International Airport #Terminal 2. This was my #first #solo #backpacking #trip in 24 years. All alone, set out to explore and #experience all of #Nepalese #Culture, #Food, #Adventure, #People and #Architecture that’s over 400 years #old. Most likely I was going to stay at #Acme #Guesthouse in #Thamel around Kathmandu for 3 nights and 4 days. Got a really good deal on (app for iPhone). Trust me I love the app. Well organised and almost #accurate #results with rates and hotels. The hotel was a bit far from the airport.I was lucky enough to have both the seats next to me vacant on my flight to Nepal. The Jet Crew wasn’t as interesting as I expected them to be. The service could have been much better. But can’t complain really as #JetAirways is the only #airline company in India that flies directly to Kathmandu without a single #stop over making my 3 hour flight a #pleasant experience. I haven’t really experienced any kinda change in #atmospheric #pressure as I descend into Kathmandu. However, I can feel the clouds cutting through the engine shaft as the pilot prepares for landing. I can see the #HimalayanPeak right outside my airplane window seat. The weather in Kathmandu is quite #humid and around 25 degrees Celsius.After a long tiring day exploring the streets of Thamel district of Kathmandu, I was back at the hotel. Passed out for a few hours. As the first day comes to a near end, I hit up the local #sheesha and #bar cafe. Sipping on a #Budweiser in a completely unknown territory whilst listening to some good ol’ reggae music by the local live band can be an experience to itself. Lost souls trying to find their destiny and following a path of the unknown. Different people all just curled up into the melting pot of Nepal. I mean what could get any better than smoking a sheesha and sipping on a Bud amongst the Himalayas. It’s just something that words alone can’t describe the #feeling.Photography in general was quite a #boring experience on day one in Nepal as I was quite tired from my flight and the parties I left back in #Bombay City. Got nothing much to capture as the day was just closing in to near sunset around 6. Running on two bars of battery can be a pain especially when you’re in a town where load-shedding can go on for several hours together.After a lot of walking around Thamel District of Kathmandu, it was time to go out and explore what the city had to offer me as a young photographer. So I head out to explore the #KathmanduDurbarSquare, #Bhaktapur, #Pashupatinath and #Bodhnath #Stupa for the #BodhaJayanti (Buddha’s Birthday) over the next few days.Travelled to #Pokhara to #photograph the Lake side. Sun rays falling amidst the clouds onto the silver water is a sight that you don’t wanna miss out on. With tons of power cuts, I decide to head out to the #WorldPeacPagoda at 331 meters through the dense forest of Pokhara with a newly met friend Ethan Holt. A 5.5 hour trek to reach the pagoda followed by the #TibetanRefugeeCamp can be quite tiresome. I photographed some elderly women making carpets out of wool. They also made hand carved necklaces and bracelets. Got some souvenirs and headed back to the hotel. I actually felt my very first sunstroke after I got back from the Pagoda. I am not so sure whether I fell sick from the chlorinated water on the trek to and from the Pagoda which I bumped off Ethan or was it really the sun stroke. To add to the drama my ATM Card also got stuck in the machine and never came out again. Broke, sick what the worse that could have happened anyways ?!Felt better next morning. It was now time to visit Pokhara after 3 nights and 4 days. Decided to pack my bags and travel to #ChitwanNationalPark. Reached the hotel after 9.5 hours in the local bus. Went for the jungle safari to capture some wildlife. Saw some rhinos, elephants, eagles, crocodiles and deers. Nothing interesting as such as the weather just killed me with temperature exceeding 45 degrees. Boiling hot room as there were no back up generators. Spent an evening with a local Nepalese family sipping on some black tea and eating some really good home cooked meal.Travelled to Kathmandu (Thamel) and spent a night there. Met Iris from Uttreck, Holland where we shared a cab to the hotel. Went out with Iris to #PhatKatCafe and spent a good evening there. She was the most beautiful girl I have met in a very long time. We clicked so fast.Travelled to #TheLastResort for pure adrenaline rush. Met Anton Lipik (Adventure Tour Guide from Manchester), Brian (US Army – Combat Engineer), Enricka from Finland, Laura (PhD student), Noura and a few others. Had my first day well spent at The Last Resort playing #Monopoly after ages with Laura and Noura. So tired after White Water Rafting on the Bhote Khosi River. Crazy fun ! Sleeping in a tent by the riverside can be breath taking ! What a peaceful sleep after a tiresome day !Started quite early in the morning for Canyoning. Just finished my second adventure by Canyoning down 7 points. It’s more or less like climbing a steep slope downwards… Incredible feeling I must say. Knees and hips completely gone numb. Thorough #endurance test of body and soul. Jumped into the pool with ice cold water. All pain gone.. Evening was fun playing Uno with the girl gang. Night dinner was good and filling. Ate Nepali food at the resort. Funny thing was that dinner was served quite early in the evening. Hank (a stray pup) was feeling loved chewing up the bones. Ahh I just love that dog. Relaxing on a different level all together.

My third day at The Last Resort is packed with #Bungy #Jump and the Canyon Swing from a height of 160 meters with a breath taking view of the Bhote Khosi, the wildest river in Nepal from a suspended bridge. Nervous but excited at the same time. I literally shat my pants when I Bungy jumped over that bridge ! The Canyon Swing was incredible too ! Money well spent I must say !With my trip almost coming to an end, I travel back to Kathmandu to spend a night and head to the airport in the morning to travel back to Bombay with tons of good memories and incredible photographs to take back with !All the photographs will be processed and provided to #NepalTourism #Board and #LonelyPlanetMagazine for free of cost. There’s a reason behind this. We travel to the country we like to explore and experience the culture, people, art, architecture and most importantly food that touches not just our taste buds but our hearts; we take back such good memories, but hey what about our part of giving back ?! I don’t have money to give but hey I have a skill which only the talented few posses apart from the billionaires so I decided to give back all my photographs free of cost to Nepal Tourism Board for use wherever they wish. I want to mention each and everyone of you guys and gals who not just helped me to get around Nepal but also gave me some inspirational thoughts that I would never forget. Starting from Kathmandu –Chavi, ACME Guesthouse
Vishnu and Family, Pokhara
Nschl Npn and Friends, Pashupatinath
Jay, Phat Kat Cafe, Kathmandu
Rambo, Electric Pagoda, Kathmandu
Ethan Holt
Anton Lippek
Mikaela SohbergIris Wever
Laura-anne Grimbergen
Norma Meijboom
Ajay Ronald
Sujon and Team, The Last Resort


01. SUREN MANVELYAN Your Beautiful Eyes takes a close up and personal look at the human eye. Manvelyan also created a similar series titled Animal EyesBorn in 1976, professional photographer Suren Manvelyan got into the medium at the age of just 16. Since then he’s gone on to create numerous series and campaigns, such as the above ‘Your Beautiful Eyes’, which have featured in many publications including The Independent, Wired and The Telegraph. Manvelyan’s portfolio is incredibly inspiring, with beautiful images reflecting his photographic interests, spanning from macro to portraits, creative photo projects, landscape, and much more. 02. TOM HUSSEY Tom Hussey photographed this award winning campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementiaThis emotional ‘Reflection’ series was the work of commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey and his extensive online portfolio is full of campaigns with similarly clever and thought provoking images. Hussey has received many awards and accolades throughout his career, including being selected as one of the ‘Top 200 Advertising Photographers Worldwide’ by Luerzer’s Archive. 03. MADAME PERIPETIE The combination of fashion, sculpture and the human body in Madame Peripetie’s photography certainly makes it stand out from the crowdThe portfolio of photographer and art director Madame Peripetie is one of the most weird and wonderful ones on Behance. Her work explores the boundaries between fashion, sculpture and the human body. That combined with inspirations including Surrealism, Dadaism, the New Wave era of the 80s and the British post-punk scene has resulted in a collection of beautiful and striking images. 04. AKOS MAJOR This long exposure waterscape was taken by Major at Lake Balaton, HungaryIf you’re having a stressful day, then head over to the calming portfolio of photographer Akos Major. His beautiful landscape photography instantly invokes a sense of serenity. Born in 1974, the Hungarian photographer spent 10 years working in ad agencies before pursuing his love of graphic design and imagery. 05. RINZE VAN BRUG This image forms part of Van Burg’s documentary style ‘New York Snow’ seriesRinze van Brug began his creative career with drawing and graffiti, but  when at art school he realised his calling was in photography and design. Van Burg’s portfolio is full of awesome images of everything from fashion to documentary photography. Each image showcases his ability to capture the moment, pose, or scene in his own unique style. 06. TIM TADDER Tadder captures that glorious moment when a water balloon splashes atop a bald man’s headAdvertising photographer Tim Tadder is the brains behind this fun and striking campaign, aptly titled Water Wigs. Having worked for many big name brands, including Adidas and Budweiser, his portfolio is rammed full of clever concepts and striking images. With a love for weirdness and comedy, Tadder’s work is inspirational and entertaining. 07. VICTOR EREDEL This beautiful, atmospheric image was captured in IcelandVictor Eredel began his photography career five years ago. Based in Petrozavodsk, Russia, Eredel has built up an impressive portfolio in that time, shooting all manner of things and combining them with various graphics, animals, characters and surrealism. So, if you’re looking for a mixture of atmospheric images, from both the real and fantasy world, then look no further. 08. FLORENCIA MAZZA RAMSEY Florencia Mazza Ramsey’s FTV Sexies series has received a whole lot of love onlineFlorencia Mazza Ramsey is a fashion and commercial photographer hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her gorgeous portfolio showcases her individual seductive and atmospheric style. Not surprisingly, the above image, which is part of her ‘FTV Sexies’ series, is her most viewed and appreciated set of images. 09. JOHN WILDGOOSE This image forms part of John Wildgoose’s depiction of Southern and Northern CaliforniaFor a check on reality and the world around you, a visit to the portfolio of  John Wildgoose is a must. The London-based freelance photographer started his career in 1985, working in reportage style, shooting objects and environments without any staging or fuss. His main aim is to ‘capture images that reflect a culture’s real identity in a candid honest way, without artefact or the superimposition of my style over the subject matter’. 10. NICK SUSHKEVICH Sushkevich’s style combines natural beauty and suggestive poses to create some amazing erotic fashion imageryNick Sushkevich has combined his love of digital photography, graphic design and visual effects to produce a seriously impressive and somewhat steamy portfolio. Amongst other less provocative photos, the Moscow-based photographer mixes sultry and natural beauty with suggestive poses to create some amazing erotic fashion imagery. 11. RENGIM MUTEVELLIOGLU Rengim Mutevellioglu’s style turns this otherwise simple car image into a beautiful, emotion evoking photographIt’s hard to believe that this beautiful portfolio belongs to a 20-year-old student. But it does. Rengim Mutevellioglu focuses on her surroundings and favours a documentary style of photography. The above image is part of a stunning series she captured whilst living in the country of Georgia. Her entire photography collection has a beautifully honest and refreshing feel to it. 12. ANDREY & LILI Andrey & Lili created this stunning Fantasy series for reknowned designer Alena GoretskayaThis stunning image forms part of the ‘Fantasy’ series Moscow-based photographers Andrey Yakovlev & Lili Aleeva recently created for renowed designer Alena Goretskaya. Specialising in fashion photography, the duo’s portfolio is made up of hundreds of strikingly beautiful female portraits. 13. DAVID GRAPHISTOLAGE David Graphistolage shoots anything and everything, including small children in huge glassesIf you’re looking for images out of the ordinary then you should definitely take a look at the portfolio of David Graphistolage. The Parisian-based photographer takes pictures of anything and anything and gives each his own unique and interesting twist. The gorgeous spectacled child is included in one of his random series ‘January work’, along with many others that will leave you smiling, thoughtful, bemused and elated. Probably all at the same time! 14. ANDREAS STAVRINIDES This striking image was featured in Vogue ItaliaAfter studying Sociology and Art History, at the age of 24, Andreas Stavrinides turned his attention to photography after realising it was the perfect tool to express his interests in life. He has since collaborated with many major publications, including Vogue Italia and Marie Claire. Stavrinides’ brilliant portfolio is made up of a collection of his work so far, featuring stunning images with incredible colourings and strong features. 15. JOANNA KUSTRA This gorgeous black and white portrait forms part of Kustra’s popular Sensual seriesPolish-born Joanna Kustra began her photography career just six years ago after enjoying it as a hobby, it became her passion. Fascinated by people, portraits and fashion photography, her extensive portfolio reflects this in wealth of beautiful images, including the above extract from her ‘Sensual’ series. 16. KIM HØLTERMAND A foggy morning in Tuve was the setting for this gorgeous photoDanish freelance architectural and landscape photographerKim Høltermand took this gorgeous, atmospheric photo during a trip to Tuve, Switzerland. His portfolio is full of similarly inspiring photos, and his work has featured in many publications, including Grafik and The Hub magazine. His clear attention to fine detail is also put to good use in his second job as a fingerprints expert in The Crime Scene Unit of The Danish National Police. 17. PAULINE DARLEY Darley recently completed this ‘She has waited too long’ series for Ever magazineFrench fashion photographer Pauline Darley touches upon the idea of high fashion using skeletal make-up styles with this stunning series, ‘She has waited too long’ for Ever magazine. Darley has a number of impressive collaborations under her belt, including Marie Claire, L’officiel and Elle. Her portfolio is composed mainly of female portraiture and fashion, her style resulting in beautifully elegant and feminine images. 18. ANA DIAS Ana Dias’s love of pop-culture and 50s pin up girls is prevalent in her impressive portfolioPortuguese photography  Ana Dias has a soft spot for pop-culture and 50s pin-up girls, brought together perfectly in this series ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’. Dias’s passion for creating colorful scenes, filled with playful and glamorous characters comes from the background in plastic arts. Her interests and photography style fills her impressive portfolio with a vintage feel and bright colours that has attracted the eye of several renowned brands. 19. SEBASTIAN LANG This striking image is part of an I Am Burning series, created by Lang in MunichSebastian Lang‘s photography career began in 2008. Specialising in fashion photography, Lang likes to mix his shoots between studio and on-location. His art-fashion style has attracted clients including ELLE, Huf and Runway magazines. His portfolio also holds an almost equal selection of colour and black and white photography, showcasing his skills in each. 20. JON REID Reid’s Italian Colour series series captures the nation’s vibrant coloursThe portfolio of travel photographer Jon Reid isn’t the most extensive on our list but it’s certainly worth a visit. Every six weeks, Reid takes a self-funded photography trip and has some stunning images of Italy, Norway and The Sahara to show for it. Since 2003, he has used photography as a personal visual diary of the world. Let’s hope he continues to share his future adventures.If that’s not enough inspiration for you, check out these 40 designers and illustrators you should follow on Dribbble

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