Pooja Yadav is a budding scientist with an interest in observing and photographing the streets. Loving to just roam and wander with her mobile phone camera in hand, her photographs capture the life around her home and study life in India. Pooja expresses the freedom of her mind and thoughts by connecting the surroundings with her subjects.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you become interested in photography?
I was born in a village of Haryana in Rewari district, soon after my birth my family got the opportunity to live in Kashmir as my father is in B.S.F and after that we got to live in many other states as well. We again moved to Rewari in 2017. I graduated from Delhi Universtity in 2020 and was admitted in to IIT Bombay for my masters programme in Biotechnology. Due to what is happening right now, I’m at my home in Rewari and very eager to go back to IIT Bombay campus.
During my graduation I started to observe my surroundings a lot then captured them and started posting on my Instagram handle and my pictures were loved by my friends and they motivated me to continue this.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration from the chaos going on the street. Those unnoticed moments.
What is it that you enjoy about street photography. What happens when you walk the streets with your camera? Explain your technique? Have you ever had a negative encounter?
I love to roam and wander and street photography gives me the opportunity to roam around a lot. And I am basically a phone photographer so I always keep my phone camera on. I don’t use any specific techniques I just find the specific moments that are needed to be captured. So far I have not experienced any negative encounter.
What is it like photographing on the streets of India? Do you have any favourite and interesting spots?
Seeing the Indian streets amaze you with the chaos, drama going around. I tend to click everywhere whenever I see the magical moments. But Old Delhi is one of the best places where magic occurs every second of every day.
What do you want to express through your photography? And what are some of the elements you always try to include in your photographs?
I like to express the freedom of my mind and thoughts through my pictures connecting the surrounding with my subjects.
Do you have any favourite artists/photographers? Who do you think has mostly influenced your style?
See there are so many brilliant photographers...some of them are even my friends while some are big and famous ones who I love and amazed by their work very much. But what has influenced my style is the street itself. The more I click, the more vision I get.
You use your mobile phone to photograph with. Does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography?
I won’t deny this that there are some limitations with a mobile when photographing but it never has stopped or hindered my vision in photography. In fact, it gives me a different perspective to see my street. And I agree on this completely that this is more important. Explore and practice with whatever resource you have.
When you go out photographing, do you have a concept in mind of what you want to shoot, or do you let the images 'come to you', or is it both?
Sometimes when I go to specific location like Yamuna, I keep some concept in mind. Otherwise mostly when I walk, I see my surroundings then a picture pops up in my mind, then I click that picture. And sometimes I tend to miss a moment and couldn’t capture it, but I always keep that picture I imagined in my mind.
What are some of your goals as an artist? Where do you see yourself or hope to see yourself in five years?
My goals are simple to explore more and more and share that the magic happens in every second of every day that I am out on the street. And in five years I would like to see myself as budding scientist with lots and lots of travelling experience.
“When I am not out photographing, I (like to)…
...I like to eat good food and watch Netflix and yes can’t skip my studies."