For our second instalment on the MMS Insta-Sessions, we caught up with Devendran Naidoo – otherwise known as @princethreelife.
Real Name: Devendran Naidoo
IG Name: @princethreelife
In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary…
Who are you, where are you from and what do you do when you’re not updating your Instagram feed?
My name is Devendran Naidoo, I’m from Merebank, and I’m a Senior Claims Technician for an insurance company.
What’s up with your Instagram handle @princethreelife, tell us the story or the inspiration behind your IG name?
All I can say is that princethreelife is my Buddha name, and when I look back upon my life I think it’s quite fitting considering I’ve lived through 3 life-threatening experiences.
What camera or apps do you use to edit your photos?
I usually shoot with an Apple iPhone 5s/Klyp+ all-in-one photographic set from Manfrotto, it’s always with me!!! I also use a Samsung Galaxy S3 and then I have my faithful Nikon D3100 which I mostly carry along if and when I’m going outtta the city into the great outdoors or just bird watching. My favourite apps to use are Photoshop Express, Pixlr Express, Snapseed, Average Camera Pro, Slow Shutter Cam, Pro HDR and After Focus Pro.
What themes or ideas do you explore in your work?
I try not to limit myself in terms of keeping to one particular theme or style, if I’m amazed by something I see and if the light is right, I will capture it. That being said, I do have a soft spot for landscape and wildlife scenes.
How have people responded to your Instagram photos?
The response has been really good, I always try different things and keep my feed as interesting as I possibly can. I simply share what captures my eye and if people dig it, then it’s all good.
Who are your top six A-Listers from the creative world of Instagram?
Oooh! okay…here we go and in no particular order…
@dane_forman | His feed is just so damn cool, and the most important thing I’ve learnt from him is “the best camera is the one you have with you”
@_taroism_ | She’s just gotta way of expressing her thought’s in relation to a picture *sigh*
@unclescrooch | Met him just once, at my second instameet at the famous “Ghost House” near La Mercy, he’s got some mad skills, and one epic feed.
@scufforama | Cool guy, met him at a few instameets/walks, his feed has some of the most rad 16×9 shot’s, and the best part about him is that he’s “a creep and weirdo” and I dig Radiohead too! haha!
@gavman18 | This guy’s a legend with long exposure shots, he’s from Cape Town. I’ve not met him personally, but I’ve learned a lot from following his posts.
@iamsoweto | I’ve only recently started following “The Dark One” and I’m just amazed with his feed and the way he captures a scene in black and white.
How do you think photo sharing platforms challenge traditional definitions of photography?
I’ve never really pondered such a question before, I can’t answer this and get to a certain point of view or conclusion. Taking into account what I’ve just mentioned, I find most pro-photographers frown upon social platforms such as Instagram or Flickr or Photobucket, or Picasa etc…I don’t get it, I say just share the beautiful world, there are no rules…
Is there anything you dislike about Instagram and why?
Strangely I’m not entirely against selfies or pictures of food, just as long as it’s done in a creative way, although if there’s one thing that annoys me, it’s spamming. I don’t really enjoy it when the same individual post’s picture after picture after picture, Grrr!
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done to get a shot for Instagram?
Mmm! Nothing major really, I guess trying to get a good “levitation” shot. I remember practising at my folks place, in the middle of the driveway and the neighbours and my Dad were like what the hell is wrong with this guy because I was constantly jumping up and down in one spot…it never quite worked out.
Finally, if you could go anywhere in the world to cover anything (or anyone) on Instagram, where,what or who would it be – and why!
Wow! this isn’t a hard one…I’ve always dreamed of visiting Tibet, or region they called the Himalayas, to me, it’s one the most beautiful and mystical places on planet earth.
ALSO SEE: The MMS Insta-Sessions: @_taroism_
03 September 2014 | My Durban