meet Puneet Kumar: exclusive interview with urban photographer
December 4, 2018
I had the opportunity to collaborate with urban photographer and founder of health business, Taurus Health and Fitness, Puneet Kumar, known as ‘@starlon12‘ on Instagram. Puneet and I located ourselves in country park Lickey Hills, capturing some incredible woodland hazy photography whilst philosophising fascinating topics such as hypnosis, visualisations, and personal development. Thus I used the nishabynight platform to interview and share more about his interesting work…
What inspired you getting into urban photography?
Good question, I first started at uni when I got my camera phone and used to take spontaneous photos of my friends. The reason why I got into it was I had a bad stammer and found it hard to communicate with people so instead used photography as a way to communicate and show my feelings. They say actions speak louder than words so my photography was my ‘action’.
How do you juggle photography with your own health business, Taurus? Could you tell me a bit more about the background of your business and the inspiration for the name and influences?
Owning a business can be extremely challenging so I make sure I have a form of escapism, so every other evening after work or every Sunday I have ‘Me’ days where I can recharge and get to explore the UK and shoot. It gives me a chance for my imagination to run free and create some vivid photography which you can see on my insta page ‘@starlon12‘
Taurus was born out of my stammer and difficulty to find a job. As I couldn’t speak well, companies were reluctant to employ me so I went my own way and opened up Taurus which has been a huge success. The name stems from my star sign and I thank my parents for the support to help me build and develop my business.
What made you keen on doing abandoned building shoots?
I see a certain charm in abandoned buildings as they have a huge history behind them and I love the dangers of gaining access to them, it makes it more fun! I also find the derelict, broken glass and walls kind of artistic and I know each abandoned room tells a story. On the plus side, I love the danger aspect of it especially when I visited Chernobyl Nuclear power plant in Ukraine and spent 2 days walking around the abandoned town. Walking around an abandoned Hospital/ school etc has a huge impact as you’re walking in a ghost town, home to formally 20,000 people that was destroyed due to a nuclear explosion and abandoned overnight. I believe makes you grateful for what we have here in the UK and makes you appreciate what some people have been through in life.
Who are your biggest influencers? What motivates you to be in this field? E.g. Artists, rolemodels, experiences, any passions etc.
I follow a lot of motivational speakers such as Tony Robbins, hypnotist David Snyder and even I take inspiration from people like Jesus, I believe his quotes have great power and can really inspired people when they need it. Music wise, it’s been Elvis Presley as he inspired me to take up playing guitar.
We spoke about the intriguing topic of visualisations in the recent photoshoot, could you explain briefly what visualisations is and how one can best utilise this? Feel free to use any personal examples.
Visualisation is focusing in your mind exactly what you want and having absolute faith that you will get it, to the extent that in your mind you already have it. It’s extremely hard, however with training you can and will get what you want with this process. I’ve visualised certain things like my car and home doing this process. First you ask the universe what you want, then you believe you will get it and most importantly act like you already have it. These three steps with will work every time. You’ll need a lot of the ‘F’ word to help you. ‘Faith’
If you could choose 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Free, guided, blessed
What do you aspire to be, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t tend to set any future visions, I just live purely in the present and enjoy this moment. Because the future doesn’t exist yet so no point focusing on it, and whatever happens I know I’m guided and it will always work out for the good.
A great quote I live by is this:
Whatever has happened, has happened for the good.
Whatever is happening is also for the good.
Whatever will happen, shall also be good. – Bhagavada Gita.
What do you consider your weakness? What do you think you need to improve on?
Someone one said ‘your greatest strength is knowing your weaknesses’ and I think for me, I need to listen more rather than talking, so I’m working on that. The reason for that again stems to my stammer as I was in speech therapy for 12 yrs now I’m cured so I have 12 yrs of talking to catch up on!
What is your outlook in life?
Be a free bird, travel, inspire people and retire at 40 and then I can travel the world and meet new people and visit some incredible places. We have to make the most of our time on this earth as it’s limited so I just like to see and meet as many people and learn about different cultures as I possibly can. And I genuinely believe if a person wants to, they can absolutely absolutely do and be anything they want.