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Becoming an International photo artist – A bucket list by Santanu Banerjee
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Becoming an International photo artist – A bucket list by Santanu Banerjee

Santanu is an international photo artist with an AFIAP distinction (Artiste Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique), a certification from FIAP. He has over two hundred and fifty photographs that have been accepted in International Photography Exhibitions in over 12 FIAP recognized countries like India, China, UK, Indonesia and certain European countries.

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Although, Santanu was interested in photography as a child, however with time, it seemed to fade away. However, when he started creating photo blogs capturing his tours, his passion for photography was rekindled. He acquired and honed his photography skills through observation and discussion with established photographers. This eventually shaped his bucket list of becoming an international photo artist.

Photography for Santanu means representing a sight, a location in it’s truest sense.

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“It is imperative that you study about a place before visiting it. Don’t click just for the sake of it.”

During an exhibition in Europe, the Photographic Society of America awarded one of his famous clicks of the Taj Mahal with an Honorable Mention.

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Another incredibly mesmerizing capture by him is of a ‘sadhu’ from a tour in Varanasi. The photograph depicts a symmetrical face with a left half of calmness and a right half of anger.

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Clicking photographs for him is not so easy a task as one would expect.

Moto-travelling has taken me to an immense number of places. But it is not easy for me to click photographs. I have to carry my equipment along and I can hardly stop for two minutes on the way if I have to be on schedule. Just 2 minutes to observe, frame and click. At times, I stop at some rugged off-tracks near highways. And by the time I have captured it, there is traffic behind me honking to move on. It’s a mix and match.”

Santanu accepts that most of his photographic activities have been in quite difficult locations. However, he mentions of one, the ‘Mustang’ district in Nepal where his fingers had completely gone numb during a ride, yet somehow he managed to capture some photographs.

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For budding photographers he advises, “Timing is the key element. You have to wait for the right time. And I do understand the essence of money in such a passion. I don’t believe in sponsors and have never relied on any. And trust me on this when I say that you can save enough, if you just stop spending on unnecessary articles. Just be ready to work hard on your passion.”

For his next bucket list this international photo artist wants to travel and photograph the world.

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“I’m lucky that I have friends with similar interests, some of who are already out on inter-continental tours. I have all the inspiration that I can ask for and have started saving already. I’m looking forward to accomplish this within the next 2-3 years.”

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