1Can you introduce yourself and talk about how you got into photography?
I'm Subhodeep Pal, a passionate enthusiast of photography, cinema, and all facets of creativity. My fascination with cinema traces back to my childhood as I avidly absorbed every show on TV.
Photography became a natural progression, serving as a bridge to understanding cinematography and immersing myself in the cinematic realm. Before long, I found myself deeply enamoured with the art of capturing moments.
2Where did you study photography?
I studied photography from Calcutta School of Contemporary Photography, a school that specialises in teaching contemporary photography.
3Do you remember your first shot? What was it?
While my childhood is filled with numerous random snapshots, the very first photograph etched into my memory is a street scene—a capture of a line of individuals standing before a monument.
4What equipment do you use?
I use a Sony A7III with Sony 24-240 lens.
5What do you hope to achieve?
My goal is to create art that presents subjects and themes in a manner that enlightens viewers and makes them connect with them while also embarking on a professional photography journey to earn from my craft.
6What compliment inspired/touched you the most?
Compliments I have received highlighted a distinctive quality in my photos, bolstering my confidence to further explore and develop that particular facet of my photography.
7What inspires your unique storytelling?
I strive to enter each situation with an open mind, refraining from preconceived notions, and seize the essence of the moment through my lens. While research and anticipation are sometimes necessary for photographers, I try to let my eyes discover images naturally.
8What THREE (3) words describe your photography style?
Colourful, dynamic and wide.
9Congratulations! As the winner of the European Photography Awards, what does it mean for you and your team to receive this distinction?
Receiving this award holds significant meaning, as it serves to affirm that I am making progress in the right direction with my photography.
10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2023 European Photography Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?
Indeed! The photograph titled "Apocalypse" captures a poignant moment amidst a raging fire. Three firefighters stand amidst the chaotic backdrop, their gear bearing witness to their strenuous efforts. Amidst the mixture of sweat and hose water on their faces, they pause for a breath, briefly escaping the turmoil. In that instance, their shared glance mirrors their unwavering commitment to their mission.
For these courageous individuals, confronting fires is routine, despite the terror it evokes in others. This snapshot uncovers their unwavering dedication, shedding light on a lesser-seen aspect of their identity—the ordinary people beneath the helmets and hoses. Just like you and me.
11How has winning an award developed your career?
It gives me validation to further pursue my style.
12Name 1-3 photographers who have inspired you.
Sebastiao Salgado, Raghu Rai, Nick Brandt.
13What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out, by a mentor or your role model?
To strive for individuality.
14What advice would you give someone who would like to become a photographer today?
I believe the most valuable guidance is to seek your own unique path by delving into various genres and styles, including diverse approaches to editing. While not everything might resonate with you, integrating the elements you appreciate will prove to be an invaluable asset to your creative journey.
15What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?
To strive for individuality and create original pieces of work.
16How do you stay in that space of being receptive to new information and knowledge?
I think it happens automatically as you start practicing photography regularly.