There are very few people in this world who chase their dreams and make sure to turn them into a reality. Indian photographer Ravi Hongal is one of them. Hailing from Karnataka, he kicked off his journey as a cameraman 33 years ago. While he has made a living out of his passion, Hongal’s love for his work knows no bounds. And we say that because there is proof for it! A few days ago, pictures of a newly constructed house hit the internet, with online users posting photographs and selfies outside it. But what was so special about it?
Hongal’s lifelong dream was to build a camera-shaped home when he managed to save enough money. He has now achieved his goal and it is his and his family’s residence that has taken social media by storm. Speaking about the same in a recent interview with The Indian Express, Hongal revealed building the house was no easy feat for him. “I love photography and camera and everything related to it. Over the years a lot has changed in the area, but my love for it remains the same,” he said.
“It was my long-cherished dream to build a house that would look like a camera but I didn’t know how to build it — both in terms of executing the concept and monetarily,” Hongal added. He credited Key Concepts Interiors for helping vastly with the construction and interior designing of the house. There are camera brand names such as Canon, Nikon and Epson inscribed on the walls of the house, which are also the names of Hongal’s sons. Well, that shows his intense love for the profession! A railing of one of the balconies is shaped like a reel. A big flash mounted on top of a lens and hood is also seen outside. There are also features like a memory card and a roll of film on the walls and a camera shutter on the main gate. “There were challenges indeed, but they were open to my ideas and suggestions. I told them how I wanted a lens, lenshood and camera films in my designs, and while few were easier to achieve, others needed more work. I tried to help them with much input to get it just the way how I had imagined in my head. After two long years of many brainstorming sessions, finally it became a reality,” Hongal concluded.