“We see glimpses of India on the Discovery Channel, on the pages of International magazines or even international music videos and the streets have always been potrayed so full of life. The beauty of Indian streets is that they have a unique flavor to them, that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. The number of colors, the stories, the emotions, they are all so beautiful, waiting to be eternalized through photographs. However, there is not much scope for street photography here as a full-time job.
My career in Photography began by bidding farewell to my B.Com degree midway. I was passionate about photography but did not have the money to buy a camera and my parents refused to buy me one until I finished my degree, so I saved up for it. I was clicking a lot of pictures on the auto mode before I dared to experiment and venture out with the manual mode.
I specifically love street photography, but there is hardly any money in this space in India, so I do a lot of wedding shoots.
However, it is only to fund my travel. I recently covered the Kulasai Mutharammam Temple Tiruvizha and it was refreshing. Every village and town has a culture so unique, they make the photographs come alive.
The joy that comes up on people’s face when I capture them is what gives me happiness. For instance, there was this old lady in the Soucarpet market, who was selling flowers. I was doing a regular street shoot and wanted to click her picture but she was shy. When I did click the picture and showed it to her, the joy on her face was priceless. Moments like these are what makes all the effort worth it.
I only hope to see a day where street photography pays in India and budding photographers like me don’t have to cover weddings for the funding!”
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