in conversation with: RITIK AGRAWAL
Indian street photographer Ritik Agrawal is currently studying Business Analytics but started to connect to his city and people through his camera when he found the genre of street photography a few years ago.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you become interested in photography?
I was born in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, but currently I'm living in Noida. In 2019, Kumbh was held at Prayagraj, where I took several photographs and those were appreciated by many, and hence I started to get interested in photography.
Where do you find inspiration? Do you have any favourite artists/photographers?
I find my inspiration in each an every photograph, paintings, movies I see. I can't say about a favourite artist but, yes I'm very inspired by some of the great photographers like Steve McCurry and Raghu Rai. I'm very inspired by their work.
What do you want to express through your photography? What are some of the elements you always try to include in your photographs?
I want to express stillness and emotions of people, especially the positive ones. People with less resources have more emotions than us. We have become materialistic, so I try to capture original emotions.
Where is your most favourite place to go photograph?
Sangam Ghat at Prayagraj, as I get all sort of people over there indulging in various expressions...happy, sad, mourning or enjoying there time with loved ones.
What happens when you go out with your camera? Do people respond positively to you, or do you sometimes get negative reactions? If yes, how do you handle it?
Usually it's mix of both, mostly it is positive one. People out there ask a lot of questions. I try to answer them honestly.
When you take pictures, do you usually have a concept in mind of what you want to shoot, or do you let the images just "come to you", or is it both?
Mostly I let the images come to me. Sometimes I interact with people, get to know their stories and then try to capture the similar concept through my lenses while taking portraits. Otherwise I just capture the beauty of the nature, whether it's in people or any place.
Does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography? (What camera do you use? Do you have a preferred lens/focal length?)
Yes it's helpful but not every time because I have a basic camera that is Nikon D3400. I prefer 18-55mm and f1.8 35mm lens most of the time.
What are some of your goals as an artist or photographer? Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
To work with renowned photographers and enhance my skills and to be known for them.
“When I am not out photographing, I like to…
I see different photographs and try to learn different aspects of photography."