Journalist, photographer, explorer, globe trotter, public speaker, communications specialist and model guru — Kounteya Sinha wears many hats, and just lately he made heads flip along with his novel exhibition, ‘Unremembered’, on the Kolkata Worldwide Images Competition. In a candid interview with Deccan Herald, Sinha talks about his passions and inspirations.
As a photographer, what are the themes that entice you essentially the most?
All my work has to have which means. It has to have a function. It has to make my ft bleed. It has to make my coronary heart weep. It has to push my limits. It has to open my eyes. Images for me is my order and my chaos. It’s my karma and my service to humanity. It’s my faith and my perception.
I’m drawn to all the things — from the thrilling to the banal. Human tales are what I savour essentially the most. To get into an individual’s soul after which disclose to the world the hidden world of his or her — that’s what I discover most fascinating.
You might be an award-winning journalist and an ace photographer amongst different issues. Which among the many two roles is essentially the most gratifying?
I’m a journalist first after which a photographer. I’m on a brief sabbatical — I do the identical factor now as I did earlier — inform tales. The medium has modified barely — from phrases to pictures. Journalists have an nearly uncooked technique to see the world — not via any tinted glass however as and the way issues occur. My images are very actual — as actual as this world. Once I create artwork, I’m completely true to myself and my topic. My images live beings, not simply photos on paper. They sweat, they cry, they toil, they have fun.
What are the present initiatives that you’re engaged on? Are there anymore revolutionary exhibits within the pipeline like ‘Unremembered’?
I’m on a sabbatical now from journalism. I’m ending 4 giant e book initiatives.
I’ve eight giant picture exhibits deliberate — lots of them outdoors India. I’ve chalked out a plan to journey throughout 22 new international locations by 2020. I’m additionally doing particular person initiatives — a few of them very difficult, and outdoors my consolation zone, in 13 totally different international locations.
Initiatives within the pipeline like ‘Unremembered’…
For the love of my grandmother and for my metropolis, I introduced the first-of-its-kind fellowship to avoid wasting Kolkata’s iconic heritage localities of Kumartuli and Kalighat — residence to the idol makers of Bengal. To guard the centuries-old custom of pottery and idol-making in Bengal. 5 youngsters (most age 20) are being paid Rs 5,000 per thirty days (Rs 25,000) between Could 1 and October 1 (six months) to help and be taught the craft of pottery and making idols from their dad and mom who’re concerned within the commerce for many years. 5 totally different pujas throughout Kolkata will probably be urged to buy the idols from these 5 households in order that youngsters are motivated to proceed studying once they see their work being appreciated. I’ve named it Sarba Mangala Fellowship of Arts — named after my grandmother who handed away peacefully in Kolkata on February 21, 2018.