An Interview With Street and Documentary Photographer – Ritesh Ghosh

August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day and so to celebrate the diverse, extraordinary and versatile world and culture of photography, we shall celebrate the whole month of August with articles dedicated to Photographers. WeekendTrivia exclusive interviews with world class photographers as well as a photography contest shall be running on our blog as well as all other social media platforms. So dive into the fest!

A warm tete-de-tete with the renowned and popular Street and Documentary Photographer – Ritesh Ghosh. He is also the honourable Judge of our ongoing Photography contest, which you can participate here.

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P. S. – Copyright of all the captures in the article lies with ©Ritesh Ghosh

The man himself – Ritesh Ghosh

Q1: Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? Along with the genre of your photography and on which projects are you currently working? What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A:  Hello. I am Ritesh Ghosh, a Street and Documentary photographer from Kolkata.  I have been into photography since the last 4 years now. My passion primarily lies in Street Photography as I love capturing the daily life around me.  Off late I have been inclined a bit towards documentary work which involves narrating a story about any cultural / social event of India. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Q2: What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most?

A: Well honestly it was consistency and practice which has fascinated me more and more towards the above mentioned genres.  I draw inspiration from the works of eminent photographers such as Vivian Maier, Henri C Bresson, Raghu Rai, Ansel Adams etc.  

Q3: Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set of your journey?  

A: Frankly speaking, yes and no at the same time.  I say ‘Yes’ because if one has formal training in photography it would possibly assist him/her in finding a corporate job with ease rather than someone who has none. Again  I would say ‘No’ because photography needs more of a practical approach to apply what you have learned theoretically and nowadays we have ample videos available on YouTube that teach us the theoretical. Well, I am a Banker – turned photographer with no professional training to my credit. I am 100% self taught. 

Q4: When you go in one of your photo-shoot which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?

A: When I am shooting on the streets I mostly use the the 23mm focal length (35mm equivalent on full frame). My current favourite has to be the 10-24mm. It gives me the versatility of shooting wide in extreme space constraints at the same time using the 23mm for my compositions when there is ample room around. 

Q5: How do you as a photographer, make sure that the thing, person or landscape you want to shoot looks the way you want it to? 

A: I don’t try to impose on my subjects.  I just feel the moment and try to capture it with utmost sincerity.  I guess that does the work for me.  

Q6: Can you explain to any budding photographer What makes a good picture stand out from an average?

A: Firstly I would like to state that there is no Good,  Average or Bad picture. An image is an artists perception which varies from person to person.  What makes an image stand out from the rest is the story which it wants to convey. To be different one needs to feel the moment before pressing the shutter. Every image should have the 5 w’s. Why, when,  where, who and what 

Q7: What is it so important in documenting something or in street photography? How important it is to have a story in street photography? 

A: The answer to this has been discussed in the previous question. Nonetheless I would like to reinstate that a story line makes your image stand out from the mass. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Q8: A “Good Camera can make a Picture perfect” do you believe this myth?

A: Can a “Good Camera” make you see better?  Hope that answers your question. 

Q9: What is that you have adhered and learned through photography over the years?

A: Persistence and Patience are the two qualities every aspiring artist must possess. 

Q10: What do you think of B&W versus Colour with street photography?

A: Both have their distinct ways of communication.  Colour adds life and vibrance whereas monochrome brings out the soul of the moment. 

Q11: Which post processing software you use for your pictures? 

A: Lightroom and Snapseed.  

Q12: Many of the photographers ask us where they find out about the salon news or exhibition news. Can you please give them some idea?

AVisit the website of the Federation of Indian Photography. 

Q13: Name the last photography book/journal that you read.

A: None.  I am mostly watching tutorials on YouTube. 

Q14: Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other amateur photographer? 

A: Vision.  It makes a professional stand out from an amateur

Q15: Any quick message for our blog? Wish you a very Happy World Photography day! Thanks for your time!   

A: You guys are doing a wonderful job.  Keep up the good work. Happy World Photography Day.  Keep clicking… Cheers!!! 

Thank you immensely Ritesh Sir for taking out your valuable time and answering to our questions.. We look forward to your continuiing wonderful work…

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