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Photo Country with Rajeev
Hello beautiful people! This is your host Rajeev! I sit down every week with fellow photographers, both amateur and professional, to discuss their craft and their approach to it - both as a hobby and as a business. It is a deep dive into why they do what they do. This is the show where you can learn from fellow creatives and get inspired on your photography journey. Appreciate every one of you listening. You keep me going! Leave this podcast a review on podchaser, apple, google podcasts or spotify. It helps grow this show. Happy listening!
October 5, 2021
Ep. 15 - Kieran Lowe, Life in a 4 x 5
For this episode, I caught up with Auckland-based film photographer, Kieran Lowe. He is passionate about shooting portraits on his 4x5 large format camera. He has recently started a new instagram feed - @the.redlight.district to showcase the process of taking photos on film and darkroom printing. He is old school with a love for classic watches, cars and bikes! You can check out his work on @kdotlowe and />Hope you like this conversation, as much as I loved chatting with Kieran. Music Courtesy - Para Victor by Eduardo OrtizIf you liked this podcast and want to show your support, just buy me a coffee. Head over to Appreciate each one of you listening to this podcast. You really keep me going. I will catch you on the next episode. Till then stay safe and keep clicking.
September 20, 2021
Ep. 14 - Kalpesh Tailor, Storyteller | Photographer
Kalpesh Tailor - Storyteller | PhotographerThis is Rajeev and you're listening to photo country. This is the show where we talked to image makers who are making a difference here in New Zealand and around the world. That's one thing I love is talking about photography and to photographers.For this episode I met up with Kalpesh Tailor. An Auckland based graphic designer who loves telling stories with his images. He is a former Pro Gear Photographer of the Month in 2019. He grew up like most of us taking ownership of the family camera during vacations. Later on after going through art school and becoming a graphic designer. He rediscovered photography. And this is his journey. Music Courtesy - Para Victor by Eduardo OrtizIf you liked this podcast and want to show your support, just buy me a coffee. Head over to Appreciate each one of you listening to this podcast. You really keep me going. I will catch you on the next episode. Till then stay safe and keep clicking.
September 11, 2021
Ep. 13 - Jess Wawatai - A slice of life, as it happens
We kick off this new season with a chat with Jess Wawatai, a Wellington-based film photographer who captures life as it happens. Every frame, trying to tell a story. I can't wait for you to listen to this interview. Check out Jess's work on her website - www.jesswawatai.com or on instagram @jesswawatai. If you like this episode, do buy me a coffee!
August 30, 2021
Ep. 12 - Susan Blick - Travels & transitions
This week, we are talking to Susan Blick. A travel and landscape photographer from Australia and New Zealand. Susan is currently based out of Istanbul, Turkey. Before COVID struck, she used to run regular photo tours to India, China, and the south island. Susan was also the NZ Geo landscape photographer in 2015. And at the Prix de la Photographie Paris In 2016, she was awarded gold in the travel and tourism category for image "The church", of New Zealand's Church of the Good Shepherd. More recently, her picture of a Tui cloud over Mount Cook was celebrated on the internet.You can see her work on and follow her instagram on phomadic. Catch her travel videos on girls on the loose on youtube.If you like this podcast and would like to say thanks, then buy me a coffee! That's right!
August 23, 2021
Ep. 11 - David Ingraham - Music & mobile photography
In this episode I am featuring an interview that I did with an artist who straddles both music as the less photography. He is one of the most prominent Instagrammers in Los Angeles. Interestingly, he is an iPhone only photographer and he has a very gritty monochrome street photography style. He is none other than David Ingraham. It was great talking to him. You can find his work on and follow him on instagram @dayzdandconfuzdIf you like this podcast and would like to say thanks, then buy me a coffee! That's right!
August 10, 2021
Ep. 10 - Tim D. - Making pictures is a necessity
I stumbled upon Tim's work while walking through the main street of Avondale, Auckland - the neighbourhood that I live. They were dynamic portraits of Avondale locals, captured on a 4 x 5. Tim is passionate about his work, greatly influenced by New Zealand photographers who have come before him and also his early years as a skateboarder & graffiti artist. Do check out his work on www.timdfilm.com . As always do share this episode with someone who loves photography, just like I do! If you like this show, you can support my work by buying me a coffee - just go to buymeacoffee.com/photocountry and buy me a coffee! I appreciate each and every one of you who listens to this podcast.
August 1, 2021
Ep. 9 - Dean Treml - Cliff Diving & Photography
Dean Treml is an accomplished sports photographer who has covered everything from the Olympics to New Zealand Rugby. His photographs have been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic amongst many other top publications around the world. Such an accomplished. Photographer. And it was my great honor to talk to him. You can find him on instagram as @deantremlPlease do subscribe to this show at />lqZZxpcCqeJGTuv4ogxY
July 27, 2021
Ep. 8 - No Camera Bag - All about iPhoneography
Episode 8 - Chris Feichtner AKA no camera bag - The artist that I hold as the benchmark for mobile photography. He's a travel photographer and educator using just the iphone. He loves shooting abandoned places and has even traveled to Chernobyl. By now i'm sure you must have guessed why he goes by the moniker no camera bag. You can find him on instagram and facebook as @nocamerabag. www.nocamerabag.com Please do subscribe to this show at
July 18, 2021
Ep. 7 - Judith Webster - Minimalistic urban built environments
Judith Webster is an accomplished mobile photographer, with a signature minimalistic style. She loves capturing the urban built environment as she wanders around Auckland, Dublin or any city which she visits. All her work is captured, edited and published through her android smartphone. I have been wanting to get her on the podcast for quite some time. So here is Judith Webster. She is on instagram as judith.webster.54Please do subscribe to this show at
July 14, 2021
Ep. 6 - Gary Ashton - From shoe repair to astro photography
Welcome to Episode 6. After a bit of a hiatus, I am back on track! For this episode I spoke to Gary Ashton, who owns photoprints.co.nz - a printing and framing shop in Ponsonby, Auckland. Gary is also an accomplished astro photographer. He actually started off in shoe repair before pivoting to photography & printing. Listen to his interesting story in episode 6. Thanks for listening. You can get your photo printed and framed at photoprints.co.nz, if you are in Auckland! Please do subscribe to this show at
July 4, 2021
Ep. 5 - Eduardo Ortiz - From classical music to street photography
Welcome to Episode 5. In this episode, I talk to Eduardo Ortiz, a classical trained guitarist turned street photographer from Valparaiso, Chile. He is travelling across the world right now and currently he is in Turkey. We catch up with him at a camp where he works as a chef. Forgive the poor audio quality as this was recorded outdoors. Subscribe to this podcast on:
June 28, 2021
Ep. 4 - Judy Hancock Holland - Minimalism in Photography
In Ep. 4, I talk to Judy Hancock Holland, a minimalist photographer from Vancouver Island, Canada. Her artist mission is to create luscious, soulful photographic art that invites you to rest in a moment of awe at the beauty of creation. I stumbled upon her YouTube video on minimalism which inspired me to get in touch with her. In my view, as an educator, she has broken down minimalism that no one else has done - simple and straight from the heart.
June 13, 2021
Ep. 3 - Anand Dillan Vallabh aka ADV.PNG - From waves to long exposures
Anand Dillan Vallabh - AKA adv.png on instagram - a local photographer from Auckland. He loves shooting long exposures. And I really love his unique photographs of waves that he shoots around the coast of Auckland. I have been following his journey on instagram and I finally got him to come on the podcast. It was a fun interview! Have a listen! :)
May 31, 2021
Ep. 2 - Niel Pereira - Vintage lenses & captivating landscapes
In this episode I talk to Niloyd Pereira, a photography enthusiast and a good friend of mine. He loves collecting vintage lenses and love shooting the coastlines of Auckland on his Nikon D800. His instagram handle is vintagelensshooter and is full of spectacular sunrises & sunsets along the beaches of Auckland.
May 22, 2021
Ep. 1 - Elton McAleer - From a light painting addict to a pro headshot maverick
For Episode 1, I chat with Elton McAleer - a light painting addict turned professional photographer who specializes in taking headshots with own his street photography spin. The conversation gives an insight into the changing dynamics of the print industry and the way he views photography as a business. Have a listen! Do like, share and recommend this podcast to your photography friends!
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