An Interview with a Travel and Landscape Photographer – Soumya N Ghosh
August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day and so to celebrate, 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, as well as a photography contest, shall be running on as well as all other social media platforms. So dive into the fest!
A travel photographer from India, based in Oman currently, Soumya N. Ghosh follows the unusual patterns and intrinsic changes of nature. Loves to capture monochrome pictures and experiment with styles. Read to know more about him.
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P. S. – Copyright of all the captures in the article lies with ©Soumya N Ghosh
Q1: Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? Along with the genre of your photography and on which project are you working currently? What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A:I am from Kolkata, India, currently based in Oman. More of a travel photographer with love of nature and culture. However particularly drawn to shapes, patterns and texture of nature and changes, which are evolving every day.
Ventured out as hobbyist photographer since 2013 besides my profession. Even now I am hobbyist but started to think seriously since mid of 2013 while got some national and international recognition on my interest.
Not restricted to any specific genre but heart goes for monochrome. I originally shot anything that interested me. I am drawn in by the simplicity that creates a challenge into a little frame.
As of date never thought of achieved anything great except experimenting something unusual but surely feel accomplished while in 2013, Unicef recognized a simple click of mine for a social cause.
Q2: What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most?
A: So many to name from national or international level but Ansel Adam still my all time favourite besides Sebastiao Salgado.
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:I am sure there are advantages of getting trained in any area of profession to hone your skill and there should not be an exception here as well.
No, I don’t have any formal training, just trial and error, and trying to better myself constantly. I am so lucky to have few friends around me who all been always very helpful to share their feedback to improve further, which is priceless.
Q4: When you go in one of your photo-shoot which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?
A: No specific as such but focal length of 24mm is my favourite, it allows me to have overall ambience to capture which in post processing have more flexibility to crop on what I want to keep in frame. Also some cases telephoto has huge benefit specially on Sand dunes.
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: Very difficult to assure any plan that will work in favour as desired. That in turns helps as well if you really try something out of unplanned or challenging situation.
I believe, it depends on individual creativity and the style anyone want to develop thru his frame. For me majority of my work, especially my most recent landscapes, are very simple. It might consist of some shapes or patterns in nature.
Q6: Can you explain to the budding photographer what makes the good picture stand out from the average?
A:It’s hard to be very specific, so many aspects can be considered. For example, a great light, a decisive moment, a unique expression or may be a classic frame. But at the end it comes down to a feeling. The best images for me are the ones, which make me feel something, whether be an essence of a place or an emotion.
Q7: From all the places that you have traveled, which one is you favorite and why?
A: Kashmir, everything it has you desire as photographer.
Q8: A “Good Camera can make a Picture perfect” do you believe this myth?
A: In certain circumstances or in some specialized photography you may need an advanced camera but that may not be applicable or restrict anyone to create a good photo with any image processing devices.
More than a year now, I am experimenting mobile photography for Ariel shot from flight. So much fun that may not be achieved from a serious camera.
At the end what you capture and how you capture not by what you capture.
Q9: People usually think without money and exposure they can never be a “travel photographer” what do you think? Does travel means traveling in abroad only or anyone can start by exploring their own city?
A: That’s very interesting and also an interpretation where you want to click your images from. I feel not necessary to name travel photographer / photograph means beyond your hometown. But of course
while you need to go out to capture different culture, places or nature than familiar one possibly need to go out either domestic or international. And to do that surely need money depending on the places you travel.
Q10: In a picture is “Digital manipulation” really require to make it perfect?
A: Not desired, yes there are photographers who create it thru some kind of manipulation but not sure that can be called as perfect even though it may have a strong appeal to viewers unless known.
But leaving aside the term Digital manipulation, there is definite need of correct processing to present your work appealing.
Q11: Which post processing software you use for your pictures?
A: Photoshop CC
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?
A: I am somehow not engaged with salon, hence cant highlight more. But I am sure in social network platform people can browse and get info.
Q13: Name the last photography book/journal that you read.
A: Few to names. An interesting and recent one is The Art of Photography: A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression by Bruce Barnbaum.
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: Being a photography enthusiast, difficult for me to elaborate on this. I feel by word itself difference is very clear.
Q15: Any quick message for our blog? Wish you a very happy world photography day! Thanks for your time!
A: Great initiatives to engage and promote recent time photographers in social space that are blend of experienced and budding talents. Interesting for readers to know more about behind scenes and thought process of individual creativity. Best wishes to team Weekend Trivia.
Best wishes to all photographers, have fun, be honest and bring out your creativity at best.
Thank you Soumya Sir, for your valuable guidelines and sharing your thoughts with us. We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work…!