Get-hooked December 19, 2020
#InvisibleDisabilities- Photographer & graphic designer Aravind Suraj juggles roles with ease
In our monthly campaign #InvisibleDisabilities, today we feature Aravind Suraj, a 30-year-old photographer from Kerala. Diagnosed with dyslexia, Aravind has fought his battles yet emerged successful. This youngster who also works as a graphic designer is on the path to empowerment.
From bitter school days to being an ardent photographer, journey of 30-year-old Aravind Suraj from Kerala was not an easy one. The real struggle to pass exams or even complete basic lessons during childhood was due to dyslexia that was diagnosed at a young age. Today, he is a freelance photographer experimenting with his skills ad also a graphic designer. As life offers him best opportunities, Aravind is readily grabbing them.
Growing up with a disability
Until class 3, Aravind was in the UAE. He then returned to Mangaluru to complete schooling. But during those days, his speech was slow and he underwent speech therapy. Over time, Aravind’s speech improved and he was able to communicate better.
But as years passed, he struggled with academics. Being dyslexic and studying in a mainstream school was not easy. But the relentless support of some of the teachers and his parents helped him. “I used to get low grades and was unable to concentrate. But I always managed to get through”, he says.
After school, as per suggestion of his parents, Aravind pursued a degree in hospitality science, He worked with a hotel too. But Aravind felt something off, like he was meant to do something else. He then did a course in airport management, but again couldn’t find his true purpose. His father was diagnosed with intestinal cancer due to which Aravind had to stay close to him. Not only were the courses that he picked up difficult for him to pursue, but Aravind did not find them interesting either.
He then completed a course in graphic designing and PG Diploma in travel photography. Aravind realized where his passion lies. Amongst the different jobs that he did and quit, photography and graphic designing is what he found the most interesting. His heart lied in art.
Finding true purpose
Aravind has worked with a few companies as both graphic designer and photographer. He was working in Bengaluru when Covid pandemic hit. So he had to return back home.
“During lockdown, I started experimenting more with my skills. Like I used to do food photography and so on. I learnt where my interest and passion lies”, he says.
Amongst the many companies that he freelances for, GiftAbled Bengaluru is also there. An NGO that works towards empowering disabled people, working at GiftAbled says Aravind, has opened new doors of opportunities for him.
Aravind has started his own YouTube channel ‘The Curious Wanderer’ where he posts interesting videos about his travel trysts etc.
He soon plans to start his own studio. “It is important to follow your heart and know where your passion lies. I did it and I’am happier now”, says Aravind.
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