Dishan Marikar

First and foremost, I make no bones about being a car enthusiast. It's from my love of cars that I now find myself capturing them professionally. I am an entirely self-taught artist and professional photographer, obsessively fascinated by almost anything on two and four wheels. I breathe life into metal, glass and rubber through my camera and fine art.

Drawing came naturally as a child, and the subject matter was usually cars. Before finishing primary school I had chosen a path that would lead towards Industrial Design. However, within a year at University, my childhood interest in photography was reignited. With the intention of taking reference photos for artwork I instead discovered an ability to create stunning art with the camera itself.

With work published and commissioned by local and international clients and publications since 1997, I am well respected by peers and clients alike. Because I shoot and retouch my own images, I have complete control in the process to meet my clients’ expectations, and I’m not happy until my client is happy.

my core skills

Automotive photographer

Commercial photographer

Real Estate/Architectural photographer

Corporate portraiture

Hand-drawn/painted artwork

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Taking the plunge to shoot full-time, instead of relying on other work to pay the bills.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

No two weeks are ever the same. Being a one-man-band means that I juggle all the admin, consultation, shooting and editing aspects. Much of my time is spent looking at computer screens. With many shoots happening later in the day/evening I tend to work odd hours, which suits me being the night owl that I am.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Your environment usually becomes mine, as I generally shoot on location. I do have a spacious office at home with a clutter-free desk to edit photos, a large drawing table for my artistic endeavours, and a cat named Austin vying for my attention.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

Attention to detail and respecting the wishes of my client whilst not diluting my own artistic style. I aim to produce work that makes the subject desirable to the target market without costing the earth.

What are the tools of your trade?

Apart from a car to get me places, I have used professional Canon equipment for 20 years. My computer equipment and software, such as Photoshop, are also indispensable.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I do work with art directors, editors, journalists, writers and marketing/advertising departments to meet particular briefs, but I rarely work with others in my own field. However, I do have a large network of peers with whom I discuss various aspects of photography and business with, and to whom I can recommend clients go to if I am unable to fulfill their needs in any way.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Self-discipline is paramount, but you must also believe in yourself. Oh, and feed the cat so he doesn't bother you too much (sorry, that's three things!)

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