Photographer Living in Camera-Shaped House Names Sons Canon, Nikon and Epson

An Indian man is so obsessed with photography that he named his three sons after iconic camera brands – Canon, Nikon and Epson – and spent a small fortune on a three-story villa shaped like a giant camera.

You hear the phrase “passionate about photography” a lot among photography enthusiasts, but Ravi Hongal, a 49-year-old professional photographer from Belgaum, India, actually came up with some truly unique ways of showing off his passion for the art. After naming his three sons after some of the most iconic camera brands in the history of photography, Ravi recently spent around $95,000 on an impressive house shaped like a giant vintage camera, complete with a lens-shaped window, flash, and even a giant SD card.

Photo: Caters Clips screengrab

According to local news blog All About Belgaum, Ravi Hongal has been obsessed with photography since childhood. He wasn’t the best student, but he was always out an about with Pentax and Zenit cameras shooting pictures, and was always confident he could make a living as a photographer. He was right, and as business picked up, he opened his own studio and named it after his wife, Rani. Then, as his three sons were born, he apparently felt the need to show off his passion for photography by naming them all after famous camera brands.

But as if Ravi’s obsession with photography wasn’t already obvious, he decided to put it on full display by having his three story house designed as a giant grey camera featuring all kinds of photo-related elements, like a lens, a giant camera flash, SD card, several film reels, as well as the names of his sons – Canon, Nikon and Epson.


Ravi Hongal’s unique-looking home was recently showcased in a Caters clip, and while only the exterior is visible, the description claims that the interior decorations are along the same lines, with ceilings and walls designed as different parts of a camera.