022: Photo Manipulation, With Bhargava Chiluveru
Weekly Inspiration: Social Media
What’s been inspiring Michelle this week may surprise you. It’s social media, and not for the reasons you may be thinking. Even with her admittedly love-hate relationship the digital world, Michelle is inspired by social media because it has allowed her to connect with some truly brilliant artists from across the world. Michelle is especially fascinated by how microcosms and subcultures emerge on each social channel. And while social media is entirely abstract, it gives birth to such a breadth of things IRL. In fact, Michelle met our Episode 22 guest thanks to Instagram!
How has social media made you feel more connected? Tell us in the comments!
Peek into the mind of photo manipulation expert Bhargava Chiluveru
On Episode 22, Michelle welcomes photographer, digital media maven and man with many hats Bhargava Chiluveru. Bhargava and his wife Anu own Chil Media and Fourofour.co, which are bastions of stylish branding and artistic expression. Over the course of the conversation, he lets us in on what it was like to move from India to Atlanta at age 13, then shares how Adobe Photoshop lit the match that set his creativity on fire. He also clues us into how he got the idea to turn Atlanta into a post-apocalyptic alien universe in his latest photo manipulation series. Michelle and Bhargava also unearth the ins and outs of how social media can be a great tool for artists, including the unspoken cardinal rules for sharing and reposting other artists’ work. Listen to make sure you’re not a digital offender ?
About Bhargava Chiluveru, creative director, photographer, and Renaissance Man
Bhargava Chiluveru is an Atlanta-based artist and creative director working at the vanguard of digitally manipulated fine art photography. Chiluveru’s work has been displayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, in #weloveatl galleries, the front page of the AJC, and Forbes.com. In 2015 and 2016 he was the recipient of Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL Fine Art Photographer award.
Most recently, Bhargava along with his Wife Anu, started fourofour.co, an independent brand based in Atlanta with a goal of empowering local creatives through community and commerce.