It was Diwali week, and Ajay Sharma was out and about along Sydney Harbour, armed with his cherished Canon 5D Mark IV.
“When are they going to light up the Opera House?” he messaged Indian Link’s Facebook page.
8 pm, we messaged back. The NSW Government’s Diwali ceremony was on at the time at the rooftop of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and like everyone else in Sydney’s Indian community, Ajay was waiting for those world-famous sails to light up in Diwali colours.
Days later, the young hobby photographer shared his stunning images with us.
Ajay Sharma claims that his first ever view of Sydney out of his airplane window took his breath away. That was way back in 2008, and Sydney Harbour has held a special place in his heart ever since.
He knew he would be back up in the air again to take a closer look, this time through his camera lens.
The opportunity would come years later, when Ajay joined a photographers’ collective, and boarded a helicopter. He brought back some spectacular visuals.
“I am self-taught as a photographer,” the Amritsar-born Sharma told Indian Link. “I played with my first ever camera as a Year 10 student.”
His favourite subjects are nature and travel photography, and he claims his best work has involved night scenes. Looking at the images on this spread, we are not surprised!