CAP­TUR­ING THE CITY

Four Insta-favourite street pho­tog­ra­phers talk about their achieve­ments, dis­cov­er­ies and their love for the city.

India Today - - FEATURE - By Priyadarshini Chat­ter­jee

Kal­lol Bhat­tachar­jee

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Kolkata is a great sub­ject be­cause?

This city’s stun­ning cul­tural plu­ral­ism is what in­spired me the most. Be­sides, the city is gifted with di­verse land­scapes.

Favourite spots in Kolkata

The Nakhoda Mosque. One of my par­tic­u­larly spe­cial pho­to­graphs is that of a crowd gath­ered in the mar­ble-laid court­yard of the mosque dur­ing Iftar, with the gor­geous mosque clock in the frame that de­noted the ex­act time of Iftar.

You love to cap­ture

Jux­ta­po­si­tions (a tech­ni­cal term for bring­ing out the sim­i­lar­i­ties or dis­sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween el­e­ments in a pho­to­graph).

Street pho­tog­ra­phy sets you free of?

My in­hi­bi­tions. I no longer worry about on­look­ers. Ev­ery­thing other than me and my frame dis­solves.

An achieve­ment you are proud of

Get­ting fea­tured in Re­portage by Getty Im­ages, an In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity of Photo Jour­nal­ism.

Sri­mallya Maitra

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You love to cap­ture?

Time is my favourite sub­ject. I freeze mo­ments with my cam­era so I can re­visit them any­time.

The streets ex­cite you be­cause?

The light, the rhythm, the mo­tion or the colour palate of the streets can­not

be con­trolled. A city you would like to ex­plore I am at­tracted to places that evoke time­less­ness. For me, Prague epit­o­mises that. Se­cret to your Insta-suc­cess I think it is my hon­esty and con­stant at­tempt at orig­i­nal­ity. I try not to be in­flu­enced by other pho­tog­ra­phers, keep ed­its to a min­i­mum, and pre­serve the sim­plic­ity of an im­age. Favourite spots in Kolkata It has to be Ku­mar­tuli—there’s a strange so­lace in the chaos one en­coun­ters here. Tri­als of cap­tur­ing city streets The need to be con­stantly aware of your sur­round­ings and keep pre­dict­ing the next mo­ment. Love for streets of Kolkata The city’s knack for throw­ing sur­prises is what I love the most. Cities with beau­ti­ful city-scape Delhi, Varanasi, and even Chen­nai have rather in­ter­est­ing streets. But Puri is my favourite—the lively wall art in vivid colours that adorn the houses here make for fan­tas­tic pho­to­graphs. Dis­cov­er­ies you’ve made I dis­cov­ered that Kolkata has an in­ter­est­ing wrestling scene, and that there is a ded­i­cated press that pub­lishes a news­pa­per in Chi­nese lan­guage. A click that got you in trou­ble Once, in Puri, I spot­ted an old Panda (tem­ple priest) chant­ing and singing with a group of pil­grims. I found his face, his ex­pres­sions in par­tic­u­lar, very in­ter­est­ing. I walked right up to him and clicked a close-up. Fu­ri­ous, he threw his khan­jani at me, yelling and curs­ing. Streets you are dy­ing to cap­ture Agra. I am sure I’ll find many in­ter­est­ing frames and sto­ries in the lanes of Pu­rani Mandi or the vi­brant churi bazaar. Favourite sub­ject I love cap­tur­ing the di­verse tex­tures, colour, tone and pat­terns of the city. Be­sides that, I have an affin­ity for doors and win­dows. An ex­cit­ing dis­cov­ery in the city I was par­tic­u­larly sur­prised to dis­cover that the city has a vi­brant graf­fiti scene. The area around Park Street and New Mar­ket has some fas­ci­nat­ing graf­fiti art that I love. Your mantra My pho­to­graphs cap­ture sto­ries. Peo­ple should be able to com­pre­hend the story sim­ply by look­ing at my photo. Best shot A pho­to­graph I shot with a point and shoot canon cam­era in Cher­ra­punji, my first ever, holds a spe­cial spot. It’s a pic­ture I keep re­turn­ing to. Se­cret for Insta-suc­cess I think it is con­sis­ten­tency. I do not dab­ble in mul­ti­ple gen­res. Achieve­ments close to your heart My pho­to­graphs have fea­tured twice on the Lonely Planet Cal­en­dar. One of my pho­to­graphs, a shot of a bal­loon seller stand­ing on a rain­drenched Park Street made it to the cover of Soul City – In­side sto­ries from Cal­cutta, a book cu­rated by Preeti Roy­choud­hury. Be­sides, Cal­cutta In­sta­gram­mers, a group I founded, or­gan­ised the only in­sta­gram ex­hi­bi­tion ever hosted in the coun­try.

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