As a human being, living every moment in life to the fullest is difficult for an individual. But a person is living his life to the fullest, discovering the beauty of India with great Love and Passion towards Photography. He strongly believe and strive to practice in Robert Baden-Powell’s words – “Leave this world a little better than you found it”. He is non other than talented travel photographer of India – SAURABH CHATTERJEE.
He has shared some of his life experiences of his passionate career in photography with us.
When did you start your photography? What inspired you to get into it?
My first camera was a film point and shoot which I bought in 1995. I started shooting even before that with my father’s camera. My father was my inspiration.
How did you learn this art? Do you have a Mentor?
I learn’t it the hard way through trial and error and experience. I do not have one specific mentor, but am fortunate to be surrounded by many people to guide me.
Who/what has been the biggest inspiration?
My father. He was an amateur photographer.
What are the hurdles you have faced in the journey of your passion?
Well, the days when I started, there was no online forums, no photography friends or guides. There were hardly any courses for amateurs. Hence it took a lot of time for me to self-motivate and keep clicking and learning.
Anybody who is giving you the biggest source of support?
I am fortunate to be surrounded by many who support and push me to go beyond my limits.
List of photography equipment you like and possess?
I strongly believe equipment is just a tool that helps you capture what you see. Though I use Nikon, I have also used Sony and Canon in my trips. Unfortunately,changing equipment never made me a better photographer. Instead of possessing more high end equipment, I’m working more on possession of better ways to see and capture a picture.
Details of the gallery / studio owned?
I don’t own a studio, for me – a travel photographer, the whole world is my studio and the sun is my studio lights.
Who is/are your favorite artist/artists?
There are many. I’m very much inspired by Raghu Rai.
What is your goal? What are your future plans?
My aim of life is to ‘See India’ and to make Every camera-owner a great Photographer. My goal is to have a place where photography enthusiasts can come and talk to others, building a library where people can read books and a forum for sharing information.
What are your likes and dislikes?
I love traveling and teaching. Dislike – backbiters.
What advice and suggestions you would like to give to the amateurs who are beginning their journey in this field?
1.Don’t be in a hurry, it takes time, have patience.
2.Spend less time on social media and more on clicking pictures.
3.Read books on photography.
4.Spend more time seeing others work rather than showing yours.
5.Have a mentor.
Special Thanks to Saurabh Chatterjee Sir for spending his valuable time for us.
With Love & Passion
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