Souvik Chakraborty currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, where he works as a Research Associate in the field of medical science. He started with photography just a few years ago, but now his hobby has turned into a serious passion. Says Souvik “Photography allows me to escape from the confines of the rational world of science and venture into the world of unrestrained imagination. It helps me to ‘speak and express’ in a wordless language”.
He considers himself as a fine-art photographer who prefers black and white medium over colour as it frees him from the hidden distractions that colour can bring. “I do not see black or white; I see different shades of grey, from dark to light and their tonal variations in a particular frame and try to capture and convey the essence of the mood and emotions hidden in it”. Presently, he is interested mostly in landscapes/waterscapes, urban architecture and occasionally, portraits. He is inspired by the works of many fine-art photographers like Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and Joel Tjintjelaar.
Souvik uses a Nikon D3100 D-SLR body with a AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G and a AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lenses. He fortifies this humble kit with a Hoya ND400 and ND8 filters for long exposures during daytime, a cable release and SLIK PRO 700DX Professional Tripod. For post-processing, he uses a combination of View NX 2, Adobe Photoshop CS4, and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software. As told to Rohinton Mehta
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