There Is One Thing the Photograph Must Contain, the Humanity of the Moment - Naman Dutta

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Well, I was born and raised in Delhi only and to be honest I wasn't very good in the studies from the very beginning. I've never liked it. Though I took commerce  and accountancy somewhere seemed interesting I still never wanted it as a career option. So after completing my 12th one of my friend told me about this course BJMC and I found it really interesting and that's how everything changed.
It's funny when you look back at that time.

2. How and when did you realize your passion for photography?

When I was in school there were some friends of mine who bought DSLR and they just used to click pictures and everyone had their own page and I used to hate this profession at that time but I guess life has its own ways. When I started learning photography in college photography never looked that easy and I got praised for some of my pictures I guess that was where I decided that I want to do this only and learn every art of it.

3. What are some tips you would like to share with amateur photographers?

I just want to say one thing to anyone who has just started their photography journey or thinking to do so, Never kill the urge to learn more  because no matter what height you reach you learn every day. Be humble and kind to everyone because this industry requires it.

4. What are the important skills one should have to be a successful photographer?

If you want to be a  successful photographer you should be a keen learner like I said, one should have great observation skills because your creativity will only work once you start  observing things and one important thing I would like to add for the upcoming photographers is that please don't think about money or earning more because learning is more important at this stage if you've learned the art you have your whole life to earn money. 

5. What are various opportunities available for aspiring photographers?

In this time of pandemic there aren't much opportunities for anyone to be honest, haha but one must not lose hope and as far as the opportunities goes this is a very competitive field and for all the aspiring photographers I would just say find a mentor someone who can teach you about camera and lights. That is what I did and I will be thankful to my mentor my whole life.
So just find someone and ask them everything you want to learn. Even if you don't get paid because it will be worth that.
6. Which is your favourite book and why?

"I don't read much, I do read books but not that much, I like to read thriller or crime related novels I don't know maybe because of the suspense I guess, haha so I don't have any favourites as of now but yeah I really liked this book 'Toys by James Patterson' it's a thriller story. I read different types of books too Romance, biography etc and this was my  thought process with photography too that not to restrict yourself to one genre of photography because you learn everything and then become best at one.

- Naman Dutta

Interviewed by- Harsha

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