Spotlight: Sandipa Malakar, India
In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.
Q: What’s the story behind this photo?
A: Gajan is a rural festival in West Bengal. The festival is associated with various gods. But the main object of this festival is to celebrate the marriage of the sun and the Earth. The reason for this festival is perhaps to appease the sun and pray for rain during the dry month of Chaitra. The devotees used to dress like the gods and goddesses and are known as bohurupees. Here, the two women are busy with transforming a little girl into one of the Hindu goddess.
Q: Why do you take pictures?
A: Taking pictures is my passion and the freedom of my mind and soul. It helps me to express myself better.
Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?
A: I like street photography and to capture my surroundings, including the social structure and culture that reflect the true feel of my nation. Also, I believe every photo has its own story, which I like a lot.
Q: How would you describe your photographic style?
A: While capturing photos I try to focus on the story, which might give the picture a new shape that will evoke the interest of the people to know the details.
Q: What was the first photo you took? Or the first photo you took that was meaningful to you?
A: The first photo I took was at Kumortuli (a place in Kolkata where idols are made) and was of a little boy in front of the idol of Deity Durga, and I like it because it seems the little boy is playing on the road in the safe custody of his divine mother.
Q: What do you want to say with your images?
A: I want my pictures to echo our culture and social status and the outlook of society.
Q: Whose photography has influenced you the most?
A: Steve McCurry
See more of Sandipa’s images in her Your Shot gallery.
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