Setting the bar for travel/street photography is this week’s featured street photographer, Savita Kay. Give her a follow on Flickr, I’m sure you’ll love her work. Today, I’m excited to share with you a brief interview with Savita, along with a small collection of some of her stunning photographs:
Ashley: What drew you to street photography?
Savita: People and the life they live. There are a lot in the diverse cultures, traditions, religions, architechture, languages, food, etc around the world that we can experience and learn from. It was the curiosity and the yearning to experience and in turn capture and showcase this diversity which drew me to street photography. Street photography is an art of turning the everyday mundane scenes in your life into something unique and exquisite. In my opinion every street photo has a story behind it, like they say in the idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It is this story I wish to tell through my photos.
Ashley: Where do you find inspiration when you head out to the streets?
Savita: Like I mentioned before, I find inspiration in the mundane and the ordinary. The moods and emotions behind the faces of the ordinary people we generally take for granted in our day to day lives are what I try to capture in my photos.
Ashley: Right now, there are way more men that shoot street photography than women. Why do you think that is the case? What do you think women can contribute to street photography?
Savita: I think the reason we don’t see many women street photographers is because we don’t have a lot of women travellers. The first requirement for street photography is extensive travelling. Women are generally held back because of family commitments more than men are. They should be encouraged to travel more often.
Another reason could be because of the misconception that serious photographers need heavy DSLRs along with many other lenses and photography gears/accessories. I myself do not like walking around or travelling with such heavy photography equipment. I think women need to know that photography can done with the simplest of tools like a point and shoot or even your cellphone. What really matters is the idea and creativity behind the photograph.
Ashley: What is your biggest goal as a street photographer?
Savita: Currently, all I am trying to do is travel around the world and experience the different cultures and traditions. Street photography is just my way of keeping a travel diary. It is just full of photos instead of words. I do not have any concrete plans as of now but I definitely plan to get serious and hope to showcase my photographs in various galleries.
What’s Happening Down There?
A Cold Day
The Streets in the Blue City
Chatting by the Street
In a Mosque