Photo courtesy: Katie Smith at  Copper Coin

Photo courtesy: Katie Smith at Copper Coin

Abhishek Mukherjee is bearded, greying, and wears Chacos. He lives with his wife, four cats and a dog in a 1940’s bungalow. His watch is a twelve dollar Casio with a seven dollar nylon band. He is an Industrial Engineer and spends most of his time designing warehouses. He wishes they made an operating system that booted straight into Microsoft Excel. Abhishek is a habitual dabbler. He tried out documentary and street photography but he spent his money on cameras and not time on the craft. He has now shifted his focus to photograph meditatively and with purpose; truth be told he is only trying to get out of his own way. He shoots film and is learning and the Zone System. Though he is shooting medium format today, he wishes to someday lug around a bulky view-camera like the old masters did. Abhishek picked up woodworking a while ago. He’d rather learn to saw a plank straight and by hand, use a chisel, and set a hand-plane correctly than make furniture on a machine. This explains why his workbench is still unfinished — it requires eight mortise and tenon joints (the zone system is a less strenuous pursuit)! In his formative years, he went after bicycle advocacy, urban planning, percussion drumming, and film making but those happened too long ago to keep mentioning. Abhishek can be a food snob. Taste is king; caramelization is underrated. It can never be too spicy. Favorite food: Ramen, without question. Thai noodle soups are a close second. He’d readily eat fresh tacos from a questionable taco truck but you would have to bribe him to eat at Chilis. Even though he would rather give his business to local restaurants, he despises when their instagram hype does not match the taste of their food which happens more often than you’d think. Abhishek is a lightweight: a pint of dunkelweizen is all he can stomach before feeling tipsy. Abhishek wishes he wrote as well as the people whose words he reads. He adores traveling through the worlds that Le Guin, Vonnegut and McEwan built. The writings of Bill Belleville, William Zinsser and Robert Pirsig make him feel he can do it too. He tries — maybe if he drank more. Abhishek seeks mentorship where he can find it. Youtube videos don’t come remotely close to learning first hand. Alas, mastery has been in decline and mentors are rare. Books are what’s left. 

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