Street Stories and Travel Tales: The Photographic Journey of Saurabh Shukla

Street Stories and Travel Tales: The Photographic Journey of Saurabh Shukla

Showcase is an effort by 58Miles to bring beautiful journeys of some of the amazing photographers of India & aboard . You will read about their journey , techniques , style and can see the outcome of their art in stunning frames. We asked them some questions to deep dive in to space and here we are....

Introducing 58Miles showcase photographer Saurabh Shukla from Daltonganj.

Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got started in photography?

My name is Saurabh Shukla. I'm originally from Daltonganj, Jharkhand, but I'm currently based in Pune, India. I am a self-taught photographer with a deep passion for documenting daily life, street scenes, and travel. I completed my Bachelor's in Computer Engineering from Pune and pursued part-time photography alongside my studies. Through my pictures, I strive to convey as much emotion and story as possible.

Recently, my work has been featured at the Dubai Expo, HIPA, OnePlus, Oppo India,,, Canon India, GoPro India, and Asian Photography Magazine, Antiquity Digital magazine among many others. I was honored to win the Agora Awards' International People 2022 and to be the first runner-up of Portrait 2021.

My love for photography began in childhood. In 2006, I started using my uncle Kodak film camera to take photos. After my family separated, my uncle took the camera with him, which made me quite sad. However, in 2008, my mom gifted me a Sony Cyber-shot digital camera. I used it to take many pictures of my family, and my passion for photography grew from there.

Although I had to put my photography on hold during the 10th standard, I picked it up again after finishing my 12th standard. When I began my engineering studies, my father gifted me a OnePlus 5. This phone was more than just a device to me it became an emotional companion and a crucial tool in my photography journey. Despite academic challenges and doubts from friends, I persevered. Today, I work as a software engineer in an MNC and as a content creator for Oppo India, balancing both roles with dedication and passion.

What inspires your photography, and how do you choose your subjects or themes?

My inspiration for photography comes from a deep fascination with the world around me and a desire to capture the beauty in everyday moments. I am particularly drawn to the raw and authentic aspects of daily life, street scenes, and travel experiences. The spontaneous interactions, vibrant cultures, and unique stories that unfold in these settings constantly motivate me to document them through my lens.

When choosing subjects or themes, I look for elements that resonate with me on a personal level. It could be the way light falls on a street corner, the expressions and emotions of people in candid moments, or the striking contrasts found in urban landscapes. I aim to capture the essence of these moments and convey a story that transcends the photograph itself.

Additionally, I am inspired by the diversity and richness of human experiences. Whether it's a bustling market, a quiet alleyway, or a serene landscape, I seek to highlight the nuances and details that make each scene unique. My goal is to evoke a sense of connection and understanding in the viewer, allowing them to see the world through my perspective.

What has been your most memorable photography project or shoot, or any inspiring story around it, and why?

One of my most memorable photography projects was when my work got featured at the Dubai Expo. It was a significant milestone in my career, not only because of the recognition but also due to the journey that led to it.

I had always dreamed of showcasing my work on an international platform. When the opportunity for the Dubai Expo came, I decided to focus on capturing the vibrant life and diverse cultures of Indian streets. I spent weeks traveling through different cities, immersing myself in the daily lives of people, and capturing their stories through my lens.

Inspiring moment was in Canning Town, Kolkata, West Bengal, where I photographed a girl standing on the bank of a river. The serene expression on her face and the tranquil surroundings created a powerful image that resonated with many viewers. This photo, along with others from the series, was selected for the Dubai Expo.

The experience was incredibly fulfilling because it reaffirmed my belief in the power of photography to connect people and convey profound stories. Seeing my work appreciated on such a grand stage was a testament to the hard work and passion I put into my craft. This project not only boosted my confidence but also inspired me to continue exploring and documenting the beauty and complexity of human life through photography.

What is your photography kit? or we would say, what is in your camera bag?

In my camera bag, you'll find a carefully selected kit that helps me capture a wide range of scenes and moments. My essential gear includes:

1. Canon EOS 750D : My primary camera, equipped with an 18-55mm lens, which is versatile for various types of photography.
2. Canon 50mm Lens: Perfect for portraits and low-light conditions, offering excellent depth of field and sharpness.
3. GoPro Hero 9: Ideal for action shots and capturing unique perspectives, especially during travel and outdoor adventures.
4. DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro: A compact and powerful drone that allows me to take stunning aerial shots and videos.
5. Oppo Reno 11 Pro: A reliable smartphone with a high-quality camera, great for spontaneous shots and quick captures on the go.

These tools collectively enable me to document daily life, street scenes, and travel experiences with flexibility and creativity.

What advice would you give to photographers who are just starting out and looking to make a name for themselves?

For photographers who are just starting out and looking to make a name for themselves, here is some advice:
1. Master the Basics : Understand the fundamentals of photography, including exposure, composition, and lighting. Practice regularly to hone your technical skills.
2. Find Your Style : Experiment with different genres and techniques to discover what resonates with you. Developing a unique style will help set you apart from others.
3. Build a Portfolio : Create a strong portfolio that showcases your best work. Focus on quality over quantity and ensure it reflects your style and versatility.
4. Learn Continuously : Stay updated with the latest trends and technologies in photography. Take online courses, attend workshops, and follow established photographers for inspiration.
5. Network and Collaborate : Connect with other photographers, artists, and professionals in the industry. Collaborations can open up new opportunities and provide valuable learning experiences.
6. Be Patient and Persistent : Building a name for yourself takes time and effort. Stay dedicated, be patient with your progress, and keep pushing forward even when faced with challenges.
7. Seek Feedback : Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from peers and mentors. Constructive criticism can help you improve and grow as a photographer.
8. Tell Stories : Focus on storytelling through your images. Capturing emotions and narratives will make your work more compelling and memorable.
9. Stay True to Yourself : Stay authentic and passionate about your work. Your unique perspective and dedication will ultimately define your success in the field.
10. Surround yourself with good friends who help you grow and motivate you. Yes, the hunger to learn is the key not just in photography but in all aspects of life. I have worked with many brands, agencies, and clients after 4-5 years of hard work. Be patient, take your time, and go with the flow. I still don't call myself a photographer I'm learning each day from every source available. Dare to dream! Dare to fight for your dream & Never give up on your dreams, and don't make excuses. Start today Not tomorrow!!!

You can find  Saurabh Shukla on :

Instagram : streetwala