Pranav Lal, the 37-year old blind-by-birth Cybersecurity professional from Delhi, is a multi-tasker. When he picks up a pen he becomes a writer (He is a blogger), when he picks up a camera he becomes a photographer and, when he picks up a laptop, he becomes a programmer.
When he chooses to get interviewed by Indiatoday.in, he becomes an inspiration to millions around him. You must be wondering how a blind person can click a photo? Yes, it's possible, just like amputated people can climb Mount Everest! Anything is possible in this world, we all just need to make an effort to break barriers. When the deaf can create music, why can't a blind click captivating pictures?
Pranav Lal believes that the barrier is in your mind. When you break that barrier, great things start happening. Read this sentence once again, this might help you. Pranav quietly goes about his task and what he does is the stuff of legends.
Read on for more details.
Pranav loves doing things which others think he can't do. Like studying science through self-study when he was denied admission in Science stream due to weird school rules. So Pranav decided to study physics and chemistry all by himself. He came up with his own lab at home and experimented with chemicals. And then he developed a love for software programming. So, he learned all the software programming by himself.
There is more. Pranav holds a Masters Degree in Business Management.
According to Hindustan Times, Pranav loves shooting around Lodhi Garden. He says that Lodhi Garden is a fabulous mix of historical monuments, greenery and hanging fog. Also, it is a place which gives Pranav the freedom to roam and experience objects.
If you look closely at the photos, you will find that those are not just amateur photos but carry a unique artistic angle. For example, in this photo, Pranav has blurred the background and the foreground. This is something very technical and only an accomplished photographer can do that.
Pranav takes help from this instrument while clicking photos. This instrument turns visuals into sound and explains to Pranav what he has actually clicked.
For example, if the volume is higher it means that the image is very bright. if the pitch is high, it means that the subject is high in the photo. Also, the left side of the images make a sound in the left ear, and the right side of the images make a sound in the right ear.
vOICe was invented by Dutch inventor Peter Meijer and it's a unique vision technology that effectively converts images to sound.
In his blog, techesoterica.com Pranav says, "My tool of photography is the vOICe which allows me to both frame the subject and to experientially get a feel of how light is falling on a subject and how something will look. For example, I can sense the reflection of light from a stream and capture that. The same applies to trees and other objects. Moreover, I can look around like anyone else and find objects of interest to photograph."
According to YourStory, Pranav loves to travel and has travelled extensively across India that includes the tiresome trekking to the Himalayas. He says that the vOICe makes him feel like a satellite. "Once I am wearing it, I have remote sensing capabilities. I do not have to touch and feel things to find my way about," he said.
Have a look at some of his photographs.
When YourStory asked about his future plans, Pranav Lal said, "I do not know what it will be exactly. But I want to make voice hardware more compact and try on some augmented reality mainstream setup."
Dear Pranav, we know you can do this too. All the best.