Discovering the photographer within…
Hi! My name is Ritesh Ghosh and iam an aspiring Street Photographer from Kolkata, India.
This would probably not have been my introduction 8 years ago when I was just a regular guy working as a cashier in a Private Bank. Although I had been creatively inclined since childhood, the 9 to 5 grind left me with almost no time to discover the potential within. I guess everything comes with an expiry date and so did my career as a Banker.
It was in January 2014 that I decided to hang up my banker boots and opt for a “better”alternative. With the little savings that I had managed to accumulate and not knowing what exactly i wanted to pursue, I purchased my first DSLR camera, the Canon 600D.
Looking at the world around me through the little glass window on my camera (better known as the viewfinder) I started getting intrigued day by day. As i was running out of money I decided to take up a job and moved out to Dubai for a year. During my stay abroad, I would be following a lot of Photographer’s on YouTube when I came across this gentleman named Zack Arias who was shooting with the Fujifilm X100s. The sheer brilliance of this little mirrorless system was such that Mr.Arias had declared that “The DSLR is dead.” The statement was so convincing that I ended up having purchased the X100s for myself.
Coming back to India in October 2015, I started taking pictures on the streets of Kolkata. The 23mm f/2.0 on the X100s was just the perfect combination for capturing street action. Initially, I was a bit apprehensive about how my subjects would react. Approaching them with a smile made things work for me. The compact size of the camera did not make me look too intimidating and people wouldn’t really mind me taking their snap from a close proximity.
September 2016, and the latest addition to my Fuji Family has been the Fujifilm XT1. This beast with the 18-55mm(f.2.8) and the 16mm(f.1.4) is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The power of the 16 megapixel X-Trans II censor produces beautiful images whether iam shooting street or nature.
With these two camera bodies and 3 lenses, I am throughly enjoying my photography experience and would like to take it up as a serious career option in the years to come.
“Greetings readers! I am Ritesh Ghosh and I describe myself as a visual storyteller. Simply put, I am a photographer who loves telling stories through his images. My journey as an artist began unknowingly many years ago when I owned a point-and-shoot camera, which I carried with me during family trips. I loved clicking family moments unaware of the vast areas of photography which were out there waiting to be explored. After completing my MBA and working for seven years with a private bank in India, I switched my job and had to leave India for an international assignment. My point-and-shoot also eventually got upgraded to the Fujifilm X100S. Currently, I am a full-time photographer, having quit my corporate career in pursuit of my passion. I own two camera bodies, the X-T1 and X-T3, with a set of six Fujinon lenses. Street is where my heart is while I also love documenting festivals while travelling in India and abroad. I believe that my journey in the second innings of life has just begun and I have a long way to go in the hope of discovering the photographer within me. “