The camera is merely a medium.
Rajiv Raman is a professional photographer and videographer based out of Amman. After being employed in the aviation industry and having been a pilot for over a decade, he took a two year sabbatical in India, during which he pursued his hobby as a photographer. His interest in the Immigration and Refugee crisis brought him to Jordan, and saw him working pro bono for a year with local CBOs and NGOs, involved in humanitarian aid and assistance to the refugees coming across the border with Syria.
The closer you get the better pictures you get
Presently Rajiv is employed as a freelance video content producer with the Irish Embassy in Jordan and the event videographer and video editor for EUNIC and the European Union. He recently finished a photography assignment with Vento De Terra, covering their work with refugees in Jordan. With an aim to target international media, he traveled to Myanmar on a journalist assignment earlier this year (2019) and is in the process of expanding his field of work into Tunisia to cover the Libyan crisis in North Africa and Bangladesh to cover the impact of the Rohingya crisis.
Rajiv also takes up commercial projects in whatever free time he can manage. Noteworthy projects being with Manaseer, Allympia (online sports store), Dead2Red marathon, live concerts, and private parties.
You capture what you feel
As a consultant, Rajiv's experience comes from working in the field with international and domestic NGOs like OXFAM, Mercy Corps, GIZ, IOM, Terre De Hommes(Italia), EUNIC, WarChild and GFP (Generations for Peace). His pleasant personality coupled with a sensitive approach towards humanitarian crisis and suffering helped him carve a niche for himself in Jordan. His work has made an impact on social media and his following has been growing. Rajiv also works as a photojournalist, his photographs, videos, and stories have been published by magazines (print & online) and media houses like Die Zeit, Thomson Reuters, Frontier Myanmar, Zenith, Akzente, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
What do I carry in my bag
All cameras and lens are Nikon full frames, primes and zooms, with an occasional Carl Zeis lens thrown in. Audio is captured on the Zoom H6 and H1 coupled with Rode NTG3 boom mike and collar mikes. Rajiv constantly upgrades his equipment and early this year added a Drone and a Gimbal stabilizer to his arsenal. Images are edited in Lightroom & Photoshop whereas videos are edited in Premiere Pro and After Effects. All this magic comes together on the MacBook Pro.