When UX designer Varun Thota first took up photography, he shot primarily with his iPhone 5S. After a year, he made the decision to invest in a camera, a basic model with a digital screen and no viewfinder. He learned quickly about aperture, light, and focal length, upgrading in short order to a full frame camera. Varun’s style evolved as his skills grew, along with his confidence, to explore different lenses, lighting and overall variation in his shooting. His most recent shift was the purchase of a drone, expanding his repertoire into aerial photography and enabling him to shoot favorite locales and scenes from a fresh perspective.
As a full-time designer, Varun spends much of his time solving problems for clients and businesses, often limited in his creative expression by the constraints of a project. For Varun, photography is an escape, freeing him from creative restrictions and allowing him to fully express himself and his views on the world. It’s his hope that viewers will find his photography to be both revelatory and inspiring, presenting them with previously unknown views and scenes of beauty within their own cities.
“Hong Kong is a special city – unlike any other city in the world. It’s so densely populated and packed, and that makes for some incredible shots both at street level and from above. The contrast between the city, with its neon lights and Blade Runner-esque energy, and the tranquil mountains surrounding it, lends a distinctively surreal vibe to the view, especially when you’re above the clouds, looking down.”
His images are featured in Trope Hong Kong, the third installment in the Trope City Edition series, celebrating the colorful chaos and architectural order of this iconic city.