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Retro Kolkata Exclusive : Interview with amazing Travel & Landscape Photographer Surbhi Kaushik


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I became a travel and landscape photographer after discovering my love for nature and the beautiful places on our planet→because I love nature, I capture it. One cannot happen without another and both happen because of each other. If as an outdoor photographer one is unable to connect with nature, they cannot have the vision for beauty which ultimately creates the results. Love, appreciation and respect for nature drives the results.

RK :First of all, thank you for accepting our invitation for an interview. Please say something about you. What first attracted you to photography? Have you had any formal photography training and if not, how did you get so good?

Surbhi Kaushik :Thank you! The first memory I have of being attracted to photography is from when I was 6 years old. We were on a family vacation and all I wanted to do was borrow my dad’s camera and click everyone’s pictures. I purchased my first DSLR camera during initial job days. I have not attended a school to learn photography, but I have learnt in other ways. Two factors contributed into the development of my skills. One—In college I used to paint and years later that love for painting evolved into love for photography. I studied graphic design and that set the foundation of basics such as elements, composition, photoshop skills, and color theory. The second factor has been the fact that I travel a lot and shoot in the company of some great photographers. There is no substitute for practical learning and the more time you invest in pursuing your skill, the better it gets.

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RK :How important is photography for you? Would you have imagined a few years ago that this passion would have played such an important role in your life today?

Surbhi Kaushik :Photography is the most important thing to me! It is not only a job, but also currently my only source of creative expression. I always knew that life would eventually revolve around my art, but never imagined it would be photography over painting, and in such a way! Let’s say I can only thank life for the way it has shaped up .

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RK :Who and what inspires you to keep creating and exploring?

Surbhi Kaushik :I am very lucky to be surrounded by a creative and hard-working team at GoodShotz, and that is very inspiring. But ultimately the push needs to come from within. If we cannot inspire ourselves to do better and more each day, no one else can.

RK :It seems like you have a deep connection to nature and that this has sparked your love for photography. How important do you believe it is for a photographer to love the outdoors, not just the results?

Surbhi Kaushik :The relationship between an object of inspiration and the art is contained in a circle. I became a travel and landscape photographer after discovering my love for nature and the beautiful places on our planet→because I love nature, I capture it. One cannot happen without another and both happen because of each other. If as an outdoor photographer one is unable to connect with nature, they cannot have the vision for beauty which ultimately creates the results. Love, appreciation and respect for nature drives the results.