DR RUBENTHEREN Viyapuri believes in being a jack of many trades and believes that one must master every endeavour that he or she pursues.
Besides acing his studies and winning a full scholarship to pursue his PhD in mechanical engineering at Universiti Malaya, Rubentheren also taught himself photography.
The assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Sungai Long campus is also a professional photographer who does wedding, product and event shoots.
Rubentheren is also a reviewer of high-powered motorbikes and has written numerous articles on the subject.
The 33-year-old, who lives in Klang with his parents and three siblings, said photography was his true love.
“I started experimenting with a camcorder my father bought in 2010, ” said Rubentheren, who completed his PhD in 2016.
What followed were hours of photographing various subjects which he said opened up a new world.
“I was intoxicated with photography. It made me look at things from a different perspective and appreciate nature more, ” he added.
One of his interests was also astrophotography and Rubentheren said he has spent many pleasurable hours photographing the moon and night skies.
What transpired next was the registration of a business AR Creative Photos.
He has made a name for himself in the field of wedding and event shoots.
“I have just secured a contract to do baby photography with a company which specialises in confinement services, ’’ he added.
Rubentheren said he used various techniques so his photographs would stand out.
“For portraits, I rely on directional bounce flash technique to create soft lighting and to cast shadows.
“As for landscape photography, I generally use a polarising filter to get a good contrast between the sky and ground as well as manage reflections on lake or river surfaces.”
When he reviews motorcycles, he writes about bikes ranging from 110cc to 1000cc.
Rubentheren said high-powered motorcycles was always thrilling as it allowed him to experience first-hand the theories he learnt as a mechanical engineer.
“I remember squeezing hard on the throttle of a Kawasaki Z1000SX in gear one for quick acceleration.
“The amount of torque and power was just too much and I couldn’t help but smile in glee as I saw, in the side mirror, cars behind me getting smaller and smaller by the second, ’’ he reminisced.
If lecturing, photography, reviewing superbikes and writing aren’t enough, he is also an active animal rescuer.
Rubentheren’s animal rescue partners are his siblings Jagadish, 37, Yogalakshimee, 35, and Vithiya, 29, and together they have rescued countless dogs, cats, birds and squirrels over the years.
“Our interest in animal rescue started after we had our first pet dog, Hero.
“His dedication and love taught us to have compassion for street animals, ’’ he said, adding that his girlfriend Anitha Permal also helped with his rescue work.
Rubentheren said his elder brother Jagadish was the front-line person in rescue missions, while younger sister Vithiya would takes care of the rescued animals until they are adopted.
“My elder sister Yogalakshimee and I fill in the gaps in these missions, ” he said.
He added that his biggest hope was to get the authorities to accept the trap-neuter-return-manage method which he believed was more sustainable and cost-effective than the current method of catching and culling.
“It angers me whenever I see dog catchers abusing and tormenting street animals when they catch them, ’’ he said, adding they should be more humane when carrying out their work.