Meraki in Greek means to do something with love and creativity. To be so passionate about what you do, that you put a small part of yourself into your work; a small part of your soul.
So to come across people like that is not only rare, but the extent of how much they inspire you is immeasurable. You can feel a part of them resonate with every creative output they share. And you can’t help but admire their love of creation.
And so, I decided that every time I find someone like that, I want to share their work with you. I want to hopefully inspire you, the same way they inspire me. To create, to build, to showcase talent so strong, that you end up doing everything with Meraki. Just like they do.
“A picture is a poem without words” - Horace
I love the concept of photo-stories.
They have the incredible power of communicating more than a hundred words ever could.
They capture feelings and instances, down to the specificity of a memory. They magically encompass the emotion felt at a single moment, and freeze it in time to be revisited in the future.
Pictures give you more than just an ordinary image. They give you the space and freedom to form your own thoughts about them. They let you build your own special story.
For this month’s Meraki, I feature someone who used photography to explore and express his thoughts of a new city he moved to.
Sanket’s flair for photo-stories became his gateway for self-expression, inter lacing imagery and memories, fit together with a thoughtful caption.
And the best part?
His only tool was his iPhone.
Manipal is a city in the south of India. #TheManipalDiaries is a hashtag project that Sanket created when he realized that his new environment gave him a lot of opportunities to be creative.
“I wanted to create an event memory page with #TheManipalDiaries. In the process, I noticed I also had a decent collection of abstract and scenic photographs that were visually powerful enough to convey an idea, or a thought that was worth sharing.”
It’s true that the best photography is created in the moment - inspired by the simplicity of the moment.
“For instance, the picture ‘Think Sky High’ (image below), was taken when I was laying down on the field after cricket practice, just before an important match, and I saw the beautiful patterns formed by the clouds in the sky. So I just took my phone and randomly took a picture. Just a few moments after which the team captain happened to give us a pep talk for the next match, and that inspired the caption for the image”
Following its success, Sanket has turned #TheManipalDiaries into a feature page, where people from Manipal can to share their memories of the city.
For more dream-like, airy and thoughtful pictures with captions that spark and inspire you, visit the official Instagram page of #TheManipalDiaries here.
Don’t forget to show them some love on their Facebook page here.
May you do everything with Meraki and so much more,
All images used with permission.