Memories are a part of everyone’s life. And who wouldn’t want to capture them for the rest of their lives. That is where a photographer steps in! Here’s a candid conversation with Nitiraj Singh, who’s making a big name in B-Town with his unique style of photography. Here’s a sneak peak into his life.
- What’s your background? Tell me something about your schooling?
I have mostly grown up in Jaipur. I studied at Maharaja Sawai Man Singh School. After that I went to Symbiosis to pursue Economics. Initially I started assisting in photography during my last year. And when I later shifted to Bombay, I assisted for a while and soon started off on my own. This is how, it all began.
- What are the main themes in your photography?
There aren’t any specific themes. I concentrate more on fashion and lifestyle. Apart from that I sometimes do documentary projects like the one I did for a NGO in Delhi.
- Where do you prefer your shoot: in a studio or on a location, why?
This completely depends on the shoot that is supposed to be done. That is the deciding factor of the whole scenario. My preference would always be an outdoor shoot as it helps in keeping the shoot as authentic as possible.
- Which photo are you currently most proud of?
I don’t know about being proud, but I really like a photo shoot that I did of a Calbalia group of young kids a few years back. I was actually documenting their lives for my personal project. That is where I got to take a few portraits of them.
- What’s the best thing about being a photographer?
The best thing about it is that I get to meet new people and explore a lot. It’s the same job that I do every day but with a new experience all together.
- When someone looks at your photography, what do you want them to know about you?
I don’t want them to know about me. I’d rather my photography to make a person stop, take a glimpse and connect with the subject.
- What can we see from you in this year?
I have a few campaigns for jewellery and textile designers lined up. Apart from that there are a couple of magazines too that I’ll be working for. And I have a personal documentary project that’ll take place in Bombay, and hopefully the viewers can see that in the next 3-4 months.
- An advice for the photographers who are still struggling?
There is no fixed formula. What worked for me was to learn more and more but not quit. It is all about learning everyday because it makes you improve and it’ll get you to a stage where you’d realize that eventually things will fall into place. And, concentrate on yourself, because what you stand for and what you believe in reflects upon your work.
A quick rapid fire:
- First shoot: Bombay Local Denim Brand
- First pay check : 10,000
- You admire the most: Mom
- Last shoot you did: For a fashion magazine
- Where do you like travelling: Mountains
- How do you pass time: Watch movies and documentaries
- Dream Collaboration: Nat Geo
- What is photography for you: A way to express myself
- An alternative for photography: Painting