“Validation is nice, but do not live for it.“ – Joanna Canara

Joanna Canara is a photographer based in Gujarat, India. Her work circumvallates around a gritty vibe. Canara brings her pictures to life by using new techniques of post-processing. “Post-processing is my favorite part. It takes me to a different place mentally. I edit one picture then it is there, lying in my gallery. I revisit it after days, I re-edit, and it continues till it makes me feel something immensely deep.”

Canara’s work has the power to move your soul, looking at her work is a whole new worldliness.

She started off photography seven years ago just for fun, “I started clicking pictures of the sky and flowers and oh, pictures of my cat. I loved the post-processing part. I loved to add dark tones to my pictures. Till date, my family does not understand why I love such a dark vibe.”

Canara’s pictures are brought to life by her soft yet dark tones. She gratifies a hazy, blurry and soft aesthetic; “I feel that this is my interpretation of reality” says Canara.

Canara indulges in capturing the mundane activities around her, while traveling from home to her workplace; “Most of the things that I click are very mediocre- the things I see while waiting for my bus, the things I see from the bus, interesting shadows, cute flowers, beautiful skies- basically everything that I find interesting. I click anything and everything.” She mostly shoots on her phone, she believes that one doesn’t need expensive gear to make a picture come to life.

“Also, I try not to think, if people on social media will like it or not. If it speaks to me, if my eyes and my mind like it, I post it.”

Canara has always worked alone, “As a child, I did not have many friends and I preferred spending time making art and reading the dictionary for fun. Except for the dictionary bit, everything else has been carried forward into my adulthood. I like making art alone.” She finds calm and solace by shooting self-portraits and the current situation has given her ample time to explore.

“My art is to distract myself from the current world. It is my escape. I do it for fun and hence there’s no target age group, neither does it make a difference in the current world. If people look at my art and feel something even for a passing, fleeting, brief moment, that’s enough.”

All photos by Joanna Canara.

Text by Pallavi Shankar.

Curated by Pallavi Shankar.

Joanna Canara is a photographer based in Gujarat, India. Her work circumvallates around a gritty vibe. Canara brings her pictures to life by using new techniques of post-processing. “Post-processing is my favorite part. It takes me to a different place mentally. I edit one picture then it is there, lying in my gallery. I revisit it after days, I re-edit, and it continues till it makes me feel something immensely deep.”

Canara’s work has the power to move your soul, looking at her work is a whole new worldliness.

She started off photography seven years ago just for fun, “I started clicking pictures of the sky and flowers and oh, pictures of my cat. I loved the post-processing part. I loved to add dark tones to my pictures. Till date, my family does not understand why I love such a dark vibe.”

Canara’s pictures are brought to life by her soft yet dark tones. She gratifies a hazy, blurry and soft aesthetic; “I feel that this is my interpretation of reality” says Canara.

Canara indulges in capturing the mundane activities around her, while traveling from home to her workplace; “Most of the things that I click are very mediocre- the things I see while waiting for my bus, the things I see from the bus, interesting shadows, cute flowers, beautiful skies- basically everything that I find interesting. I click anything and everything.” She mostly shoots on her phone, she believes that one doesn’t need expensive gear to make a picture come to life.

“Also, I try not to think, if people on social media will like it or not. If it speaks to me, if my eyes and my mind like it, I post it.”

Canara has always worked alone, “As a child, I did not have many friends and I preferred spending time making art and reading the dictionary for fun. Except for the dictionary bit, everything else has been carried forward into my adulthood. I like making art alone.” She finds calm and solace by shooting self-portraits and the current situation has given her ample time to explore.

“My art is to distract myself from the current world. It is my escape. I do it for fun and hence there’s no target age group, neither does it make a difference in the current world. If people look at my art and feel something even for a passing, fleeting, brief moment, that’s enough.”

All photos by Joanna Canara.

Text by Pallavi Shankar.

Curated by Pallavi Shankar.

18 thoughts on ““Validation is nice, but do not live for it.“ – Joanna Canara

  1. Amazing write Pallavi, knowing Joanna’s work so well has added more flavor to the article. Keep up the wonderful work, looking forward to more!

  2. Jo indeed has a very remarkable approach of taking pictures that too to a whole new level of colours, double exposures and b/w’s!!
    a very deserving feature/article!!
    hope to attain this level of taking photographs 😉

  3. She is a most amazing photographer I have ever seen. Her pictures are beyond imagination every time, a different level, something fresh, something new each time. And her words touches the soul. We see potential in her, She will be world famous one day. I wish all the good luck for her.

  4. Pallavi, your choice of words and your flow of thoughts makes reading very interesting. A reader gets an insight into Canara Joanna’s photographic skills and learns new terms like ‘post processing’. Canara’s words which touched the most are, “My art is to distract myself from the current world. It is my escape. I do it for fun and hence there’s no target age group, neither does it make a difference in the current world. If people look at my art and feel something even for a passing, fleeting, brief moment, that’s enough.”
    This article portrays you as a budding writer. May you climb the ladder of success. Best wishes always pour out from my heart for you.

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