Vineet Sharma

Posted: September 17, 2017 in Interviews
Vineet Sharma is one of the most prominent street photographer from India. With his hard work and dedication he has made a name in documentary photography in a very short time. He belongs to Varanasi. By profession, he is an administrator in a business firm. Photography is one of his passions. Through this art he has captured the essence of India as a multi-cultural vibrant society.
1. How would you describe yourself briefly as a person?
I would describe myself as an easy going and a happy person. I’m also very determined and highly motivated in life. I also love to help people and have a great passion for photography.
2. Describe your photographic odyssey.  How it started and where do you find yourself now? 
Photography is my greatest passion. It gives me extreme peace from all the mental and physical stress of the day to day struggle. I have never taken any professional training since I’ve had financial troubles. But i used help from google and learn techniques online and implement them in my photos and I’m still learning and will continue to use help from google. I started my photography in December, 2012 as a beginner in a contest and I bought a second hand camera and started this as my new hobby. Due to my job I didn’t get much time to pursue this new hobby but i made sure I’d spend my Sundays on photography. I follow the same schedule till date.
3. Most of your work is based of cultural and documentary nature. Do you feel it keeps you more in touch with real life as compared to other genres of photography?
Yes, definitely. I am a ground level person so, I know what the real feelings and emotions of a comman man are, and, I always want to know how a comman man  feels so I capture his expressions when he is happy or sad or while they are practicing their rituals. For composing an emotional and natural frame, I familiarize myself with the person with whom I’m shooting. I always like to capture the emotions of humans during cultural activities.
4. Photography has been compared with the work of an anthropologist with a camera as a tool. How would you describe your social vision?
Yes you could say that the genre of the photography that I practice is like anthropology because my photographs study the social and cultural behavior of humans in Banaras. I’d say that my photographs can even capture the essence of my city and its people.
5. You have rapidly developed in to a mature artist. How was your able to achieve this? Can you share your struggle and secrets of success?
I believe that my competition is with myself and I never compare myself with anybody. My mistakes have always guided me because I am a self observer of my photos. By looking at my previous work, I always try to figure out what I can edit in that frame which could make it more meaningful. This habbit increased my composition skills. I’d go through my old folders and enjoy going through my journey as a photographer. Some photos would communicate loud enough to tell me that I could do better. I would repeat some of my frames and compose them in new ways to add new elements of a story to them. This, I believe is the main reason of my achievements. I still believe that I am a beginner and can learn much more. In my journey a lot of other budding photographers come to me with questions and I am happy to help them as in this profession ‘sharing and learning’ is the best policy.
6. Do you think a formal training in art school is essential? How you learned photography?
Yes of course it’s necessary. If i had the time I’d love to train myself under a professional. However, my madness for photography has driven me to learn on my own which is my strength. I’ve learnt everything with the help of Google so far.
7. How would you rate the current work in India with that being produced at international level? What are the new artistic trends in Indian art circles? 
The rate is definitely increasing by the day. There are great number of groups on social media like Facebook that expose us internationally. Many photographs and artists have started being recognized on international platforms.
8. From whom you have been most impressed in photography? Do you still keep learning from the work of masters or do you feel they hinder and blunt your innate personal vision?
I follow the works of Steve Mccury and Sabastiao Salgado. I always try to see their work in my free times. It will be a great opportunity if I get a chance to meet these photography legends.
9. Do you feel photography influences one’s personality as literature and other genres of art do? How it has changed your own personality and world view?
I think Photographs are mirrors of our society which can seen by everyone. Sometimes a perfect photo can give us an idea for solving problems. Sometimes Photographs communicate between two different communities or personalities. They can also express feelings, thoughts, ideas and opinions. It changed my personality and worldview as I started seeing everything in more detail and it added more perspective to my thoughts.
10. What is your photography routine? How much time you spend in it and how you are able to manage it.
I never decided any fixed routine for my photography but once I hang my camera on my shoulder, my mind starts working. I always prefer street photography and can gladly say that my city’s lanes are popular for street photography  known as “VARANASIAN STREETS” or “GALI BANARAS”. As I said earlier, due to my job I don’t have much time for photography and in a week I touch my camera every Saturday night for charging my Camera, and then the next day I start my photography at 4.30 AM and continue till about 11.00 AM. Sometimes it’s depend on my mood and weather but, I resume after 2.00 PM, and my wife and my two kids join me during shoots. I also, use them as subjects to add life and character to my frames.
11. What do you think are the benefits of social media in promotion of art in today’s world?
 I already mentioned earlier that social groups are a great platform that helps us to get recognized internationally.
12. Do you think photography can help promote tolerance and human value in our lives? Do you feel you have been able to make a difference with your work?
Yes of course. Photography can help communicate current scenarios of everyday life, what people are going through, their troubles, their happiness, everything. This in particular is the kind of typology that interests me. I truly hope that I have been able to make a difference through my work.
13. Name some of your compatriots who have impressed you. 
Of Indian photographers, Raghu Rai is my favorite, especially his old work in analogue technology before the digital cameras were invented.
14. Do you work with some project in mind or prefer a random collection of what catches your attention?  
Usually I have a random collection on similar social subjects.
But if I get a chance I’d love to work on specific projects. In the past, I have worked with foreign photographers on their Varanasian Street Project and Heritage Building Projects of Varanasi.
15. Any other lesson/advice you would like to give to an aspiring photographer.
Well I give some tips to the beginners. For example, when you buy a new camera always read the entire manual carefully and understand the kind of options and features that it supports.
After that you could get help from photography guides or seniors.
Lastly, if all else fails go online and use Google search for your questions and queries, there are a lot of links available that could solve most of your problems.
  1. Anubhav Audichya says:

    Mr Vineet Sharma has a true passion and compassion for photography, beside so.many obstacles in life his love for photography is his driving force which can be seen in every colour of his pictures…
    Keep it up..

  2. Sureshwar Tripathi says:

    विनीत का काम मैं बहुत दिनो से देखता आ रहा हूं। कैमरे के आगे विषय, प्रकाश और संयोजन तीनों का कमाल देखने को मिलता है। बनारस की कला संस्‍कृति और जनजीवन को देखना हो तो विनीत के चित्र देखना पर्याप्‍त हैैै। उज्‍जवल भविष्‍य की कामना के साथ

  3. Rakesh Sarawagi says:

    Wah wah

  4. Rohit Soni says:

    Bahut Accra Vineet Bhaiya

  5. Asha Baloshi says:

    बेहद ही उम्दा फोटोग्राफी और एकदम अलग ही अंदाज अपने वस्तु विषय को देखने और प्रस्तुत करने का।
    उम्दा और बेहतरीन।

  6. Asha Baloshi says:

    बेहद ही उम्दा फोटोग्राफी और एकदम अलग ही अंदाज अपने वस्तु विषय को देखने और प्रस्तुत करने का।
    उम्दा और बेहतरीन।

  7. CA Jamuna Shukla says:

    विनीत जी आपकी जितनी तारीफ की जाए वो कम है। आपने कहा कि आर्थिक कमजोरी कीवजह से आप कोई फोटोग्राफी स्कूल नही ज्वाइन कर सके पर यह भी सच है कि सारे महान खोज व कलाकृतियाँ पहले किसी न किसी ने अपनी लगन तपस्या अथक मेहनत से ही ईज़ाद किया है और आप भी उनमें से एक हैं। आपको ऐसी सतत् सफलता की अनेकों शुभकामनाएं।

  8. Vineet is a great professional, has an extremely sharp and sensitive look, capturing with great sensitivity what he captures. I love your jobs.
    Reality is shown to us very swiftly.
    Vera L. Matta Costa

  9. Prabir Kumar Adhikary says:

    Vineet, I went through the whole interview. I very much appreciate your views. The images attached reflects not only your artistic vision but adds to the beauty of Street photography genre. And above all you keep yourself grounded. Hope to meet you during the Dev Deepavali 2017.

  10. Arun Kumar Agrawal says:

    Excellent photographs wonderful work vineet keep it up

  11. Durgesh Kumar Pandey says:

    Brilliant photographer..People say him.street photographer yet I personally believe that he is truly a dedicated artist who has great sense about technical aspect as well as compassion for humanity.

  12. Sharbani Ghosh says:

    Vineet Sharma the Icon of photography. Benaras breathes in his captures.A devoted photographer. Best wishes always with him.

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