RK : First of all, thank you for accepting our invitation for an interview. Please say something about you. How did you get interested in photography? Do you have an educational artistic background?
Faiyaz : I live in Junagadh, a small town in Gujarat , Junagadh is very famous with pilgrims on Girnar Hill, many people from surrounding villages visit my town every year and I watch them very carefully , I found every character very interesting and pure , that’s the way I got interested in portraits photography and started this project .
RK : What are your favorite genres of Photography?
Faiyaz : Street ,Human life and Portrait
RK : How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph or series of photographs? Do you have any preferences regarding cameras and format?
Faiyaz : I am always prepared with my camera when I go for shoot, I use full frame camera with zoom lens , format can be changed depending what I am shooting .
RK : Can you talk a bit about your approach to the work? What did you want your images to capture?
Faiyaz : I want reality to be captured with pure emotions of face , also I want people to be judge of my images and they can get the story from my pictures.
RK : What photo are you most proud of?
Faiyaz : I think yet to come .
RK : Being a portrait photographer, what is your favorite kind of portrait photography, and what is it that interests you so much?
Faiyaz : The most interesting part to capture face with lots of emotions or lots of happiness .
RK : Your portraits and human interest photos convey lots of depth and often reveal deeper stories. How do you decide which moments to capture?
Faiyaz : Which is the best moment to be captured is very important, and that can’t be describing in words or explained, it just happens in the split sec and you have to click it. So be ready always once you see a characteristic faces .
RK : If you were told that you could only keep one camera and lens combination, what would it be?
Faiyaz : One full frame camera with zoom lens 70-200 or 70-300 .
RK : What’s next for you? What kind of projects would you like to explore in the future?
Faiyaz : For now only portraits ,street and Human life , no future plans for now.
RK : What's the best advice you can give to photographers looking to shoot photos professionally?
Faiyaz : Be Honest and purify your soul.
RK : We (Retro Kolkata) are trying to make a bridge between National and International Art & Culture By featuring National & International personalities who already have made their own path in their respective fields and we think your story and tips might help the newcomers to build their career. Please say something about our initiative and any special message for your Indian followers.
Faiyaz : What I learned from my experience is , sincerity for your work, love for your work, believe in humanity and fall in love with all humans around you, Camera can capture images, but first your mind captures the image , unless your soul and mind are not connected, you can’t achieve the emotions and purity .
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