Avishek Das is a Documentary photographer from Baruipur (Near to Kolkata), India. Over the past 7 years, he has been actively associated with this field of photography. He is the Chairman of Creative Art Solution – A Registered Photography Club of India under Federation of Indian Photography & Liason Officer of Master of Light Photographic Association for Asia & India.
In his words “Interacting with people, visiting new places always very interesting for me. I used to cover documentary projects and activities of human lives from different places and obviously my first priority on the unseen/untouched area so that I can represent something new in People photography.”
Thanks, Avishek for accepting our invite. Please read on…
Could you please introduce yourself?
Myself Avishek Das I am from Baruipur (30 km from the main city Kolkata), I am associated in the field of Photography on a serious note from last 7 years, and currently taking care International photographic liasoning for Master of Light Photographic Association (Canada) & leading a registered camera club under Federation of Indian Photography name Creative art Solution in Kolkata.
I have completed International Photographic Distinctions like EFIAP recognized by UNESCO, GPU Crown 2 from Global Photographic Union (Greece) & SSS/b from Sille Art Gallery, Turkey.
Could you please share your childhood memories towards arts?
I don’t have any childhood memories towards Arts.
How did you develop an interest in people photography? What kind of human activities and elements do you like shooting most?
Interacting with people, visiting new places always very interesting for me. I used to cover documentary projects and activities of human lives from different places and obviously my first priority on the unseen/untouched area so that I can represent something new in People photography.
What difference does photography create in your life?
Photography is having a big space in my life, I used to spend minimum 5 to 6 hours daily on viewing photos from a different photo agency, developing my own photos, analysis the Photo market on the constant change of Global Photography.
In your idea, what makes a good photograph?
A good photograph must have a good story & you must overcome all regional boundaries so that your photos can be meaningful to Global viewers.
You have captured some amazing photo stories about Indian festivals, how did you plan yourself to visit those places?
I am spending times on photographic activities on regular basis & trying to get information from all possible sources from different places. I use to take help from Google, taking ideas from Senior Artist on some new places and fixed my planning. Many times I used to cover the place before the event which is very useful as I used to get lot of local information which actually help me to go in deep while shooting in that place.
What are your thoughts on working on single images versus projects?
Projects are very useful to narrate a story rather than a single image. As a documentary photographer when I use to cover any event I always try to make minimum 10 to 20 images for any subject, may be there 3 to 4 are single strong images, but still to be a STORYTELLER I always like to shoot in series/project.
Few words about Your family support & encouragement for your photography?
I don’t have any Family inspiration in photography, but yes my Wife helps me a lot to peruse my dream and support always on my photographic activities even though I am not able to give so much time for her 🙁
What is the best compliment you received so far?
Waiting for that. Not received yet 🙂
Which photographers have inspired you?
Documentary photography always my first point of interest, I am following global news agencies like AFP, AP Images, Reuters Images and their photographers always to keep myself updated.
What’s your goal?
I want to spread photography awareness to the next generation and always trying to help young & upcoming photographers. I found a lot of difficulties mainly lacking proper guidance. So It’s my target to show the way to the upcoming photographers in terms of Non-Commercial Photography how they can make their OWN IDENTITY.
Thanks again for providing 121 Clicks with this opportunity to interview you. Any final thoughts for our readers?
I eventually thankful to 121clicks.com, only a few things i want to say that Photography is an Ocean. There are many segments of Photography and all are great if u can peruse that thing in a proper way. So as a beginner an Amateur should always first fix his Goal in Photography and accordingly move forward. Second, if you want to stay in this field for a long time always work hard and try to create New Art, don’t try to get inspired by Big names, don’t copy others. Make yourself in that position so that people can follow you and trying to copy you 🙂
Keep clicking and enjoy this beautiful world 🙂
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