I Feel Like I Learn Every Time I See New Photographs - Shreya Basu

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Well, I was born and raised in Bombay in a terribly humble Bengali household. I graduated from my junior college with a Science major and when the question arised about my future prospect, being a happy, studious girl I was asked to consider medicine or business administration (so cliché, right?). 

I cleared entrance exams and got into several colleges for BBA when my 9-to-5 life in a 3x3 cubicle flashed before my eyes. I knew then that I might be successful but never truly content. 

I brought this up with my parents and they hesitantly supported my decision to switch to BMM. I found a course that specialized in photography and the rest was history. 

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

My father used to be a photo enthusiast and encouraged me to take photos of our family holidays and gatherings. He would show me his old photos - the stories of our childhood captured beautifully in black and white. 

That was the beginning of my love for this art. I got my first second-hand film camera when I was in school and I still cherish it dearly. When I quit BBA and really thought about what it is that gets me out of bed and keeps me up at night, I knew in my heart that photography was not merely another hobby, it was how I viewed the world - in a montage. 

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

I don't think I'm pro enough to share tips. I feel like I learn every time I see new photographs. But, if I had to share one thing I'd say please experiment daily, find your own style and make your own niche. There is an ocean of photographers out there today and it's so easy to get lost in that wave, so find what makes you, well, you! 

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

To develop patience and the undying drive to create better art every time. Everything else is inherent. 

5. What are various opportunities available for aspiring photographers?

Plenty in today's age. Everything needs visual art assistance. It's a matter of what you want to contribute to. I knew early on that I wanted to dabble into humanities with my photography. 

Think of what you would like to photograph– fashion, lifestyle, travel, corporate, food, events (I have a special place for photographers who can document the vibe of a concert)–so, pretty much anything under the sun needs a good eye. 

6. Which is your favourite book and why?

I read quite a bit so this is a tough one. I think I've had a favourite book at different stages of my life. However, I fondly remember "Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson". He says, "Life moves on and so should we".

Interview by - Shamayla

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