How did you become interested in street photography?
My initial intention was to become a Fine Art and Travel Photographer. Since I didn’t have any institutional knowledge on photography, I started learning it online and the best way to practice was to go out on the streets and shoot. In this process, I got into the genre of Street Photography. And truly speaking, streets have so many things to offer us any various condition. It offers so many stories scattered on it, drama, tension, moments and whatnot. So, quite naturally I fell in love with Street Photography.
Where do you live? Do you shoot mostly in your city? Where are your favourite places to shoot?
I live in Kolkata, India. This place is well-known as the City of Joy in our country. It has age-old traditions in its blood and also slowly but surely has definitely upgraded to the modern time. Yes, I shoot mostly in my city. In Kolkata I can mostly be found at Esplanade, Babughat, local markets, play-grounds and to be precise on the streets anywhere in the city as per my mood and impulse.
You are a talented storyteller. How do you capture stories in your images?
Well, firstly I must thank you for the admiration. I generally go out and spend some time without bringing my camera out f my bag. It is very much importance to at first get into the environment and suit in it before I start shooting. I observe people’s activity and start assuming probable incidents. This is the key for me to capture stories.
This image is beautiful:
Can you tell me a little about it?
Thank you again. This was the event of Dondi when I took this picture. This is an auspicious eve when people, especially women, after taking a dip in the holy river Ganga at Kalighat, a renowned holy place in Kolkata crawl on the road, even with babies on their back, till the local temple as they believe that their wishes will be fulfilled and the babies will be blessed by god. By then, I found this old lady sitting in front of a stall and I found her expression very intense and the formation of the clothe over her face to be complementing the mood.
What has street photography taught you?
Street Photography over the last year and a half has brought me closer to the people and the stories that are scattered on the street, which is something we generally miss out on in our mundane schedule. I have become more sensitive to people, I have more patience. It helped me to be more interactive, thoughtful. And lastly the most important thing is that Street Photography has taught me to see daily things in different ways.
See more of Ananda’s stunning images on his Flickr photostream.