Retro Kolkata : First of all Heartiest congratulations for your selection in Retro Kolkata Magazine Green Edition. Please introduce yourself. Tell us about your background.
Divya : I am Divya Dugar based in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I have a Bachelors in Photography from Symbiosis School of Visual Arts and Photography. I specialize in Fashion and Fine Art photography. Working as a freelance photographer, I love to experiment and bring out something new on the table with every project.
To me every little thing which often gets unnoticed in our busy lives motivates me to highlight it through a unique setup to bring forth the question-
‘Do you see what I see?’
Retro Kolkata : How important is photography to you? How did you start photography?
Divya : For me, photography is the way I want to perceive the world and vice versa. It is about pouring my inner representation through the pieces of work I create and making everyone experience my thoughts without narrating them. It is equally important for me to affirm the art I create as the more connected I feel with my photos the more people will be in awe of it.
Initially I started photography as an amateur hobby and was capturing images every now and then just to learn from the results. I still remember how empowered I started to feel by capturing photographs and felt my best self in the overall process. Slowly and gradually I started developing an undying passion and love for it which helped me become better and better each passing day and the process is still on.
Retro Kolkata : What motivates and inspires you as a photographer?
Divya : I get inspired from very simple subjects or situations which are often overlooked or avoided in the hustle of our lives. I believe that the best stories are always present around us and we just have to focus our attention to figure them out and understand their depth. Everything happening in our usual day makes a significant impact over our beliefs and values and once nuanced, can become beautiful concepts to motivate the audience.
Apart from it, I love seeing other artists work in various art fields and connecting with people to understand the different perspectives which help me enhance my knowledge and apply it across my art.
Retro Kolkata : Which genre of photography do you like and What inspires you? Which masters of photography have inspired you in your photographic work?
Divya : After exploring all the different genres of photography for a few years, I selected fashion photography as my forte, as it provides me with an immense sense of satisfaction seeing my work becoming distinctive and getting so much appreciation and love from the audience.
I get inspired from the work of my fellow photographers who are doing some great work in the fashion industry, at the same time I get inspiration from reading about or practicing other photography genres to help me to get an offbeat vision.
There are a lot of wonderful photographers who have significantly motivated and made a deep impact on my photographic journey like Sachin Chandane, Tarun Khiwal, Victoria Krundysheva, Arjun Mark, Tarun Vishwas to name a few. I always look up to their work and it motivates me to continue working harder and reach my potential.