Get some info about Sushobhan Sarker, the photographer of our october 2015 cover photo.
Read our interview with him here:
Sushobhan, please tell us a little bit about yourself to begin with ... how old are you ... where were you born and where do you live now ... what is your profession and do you have other besides photography?
My name is Sushobhan Sarker. I am 25year old. I was born in small town named Satkhira, Bangladesh. I was raised there and then after my 18th birthday I left the town for Khulna, a metropolitan city of Bangladesh. I have been living in Khulna for last 7 years. I am a 'recently-passed' doctor and I am working as an Intern at Khulna Medical College now.
In my childhood I used to learn painting for several years. I think that helped me in photography.
Seeing your remarkable work, we are curious where your creativity comes from?
Well my creativity is based on how I see the world, my philosophy, my favorite photographers' work, my friends' inspiration and of course my own intuition and instinct.
I got interested in photography about 6 years ago, when my mother bought me a small point and shoot camera and I started exploring and immediately fell in love with photography.
What equipment are you using now and with what did you get started? what is your favorite lens?
I started with a sony cybershot camera, but my first real camera, as I consider, was Canon 1100d and a 50mm lens. Now I use a Nikon D7000 and a 50mm, a 85mm lens and a 18-55mm lens. My favorite is the 50mm but I think soon its gonna be the 85mm, as I have just bought it and yet to explore.
Can you tell us about your work flow from the point you first step onto the street until you showcase the developed picture?
My workflow is pretty simple. I go to the streets, see the light and ask people to pose for me, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes I don't care for the permission if a see a photo happening. Then after coming hope I take them in Photoshop and process them to my taste and share it on Facebook and Flickr.
Do you see a particular influence, be it a photographer or school on your work? Any subject that attracts you?
I have many influences, it ranges from Henri Cartier Bresson to Dani Diamond, from Steve McCurry to David Lazar, Raghu Rai to Joye L, lara Jade. The range is wide. I love to shoot older people with character and the life they lived marked on their face and eyes, I also love kids and of course I love to explore feminine beauty.
Well, my work shows some bit of joy and honesty, I would like to say. i don't like to use people miseries, I rather like to document their happy moments. There are others who have different styles. I think I am still an amateur and a long way to go.
What are some of the most important lessons, you have learned from shooting on the streets?
Shooting on the streets taught me to respect people, no matter he's a corporate guy in suit or a beggar. And It helps me see ordinary things differently.
Among your works, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite work? It's tough to say. But I think this portrait is my favorite.
In fact all the pictures of this girl I shot. I don't know why but I think one can reach her soul looking at this image.
Tell us your funniest or most awkward photography story.
I was shooting a poor street girl and she started posing like a model. That amused me a lot. Another day, I shot a street shop at my home town and the owner followed me a long way just to make me delete the photo out of fear, he thought I'd report about it.
I'd like to say apart from the technical issues, settings, composition learn to read the light, because light is for me the best important element. And another thing, a bad photo sometimes can be fixed in Photoshop, but a great photo doesn't happen in Photoshop. And shoot a lot, look for the shot, explore as much as possible.