Through My Lens: Capturing Life's Essence in Rural Tripura and Beyond

Through My Lens: Capturing Life's Essence in Rural Tripura and Beyond

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 Ratnadwip Saha from Agartala

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

I hail from a middle-class family in a rural village in Tripura, a small state in northeast India. After completing my MBA in Financial Management, I joined my father in our family business in 2009. Tragically, my father passed away in 2010, which thrust me into the role of a full-time businessperson.

However, photography has always been in my soul. As a child, I cherished every opportunity to use my uncle's film camera, capturing the beauty of nature around me. My passion for photography was evident even then, as I rarely took pictures of people, focusing instead on the landscapes and scenes that spoke to me.

In 2006, I bought my first film camera, and in 2010, I invested in my first DSLR. Since then, photography has been my constant companion, a passion that has endured through every challenge and triumph. It has been my way of expressing myself and finding beauty in the world around me, a pursuit that has enriched my life profoundly.


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

My inspiration in photography comes from my surroundings. Growing up in a rural village in Tripura, I've been deeply influenced by the essence of nature, the play of light and shadow, the rain, the fog, and the daily life of the people around me. The sights of farmers working in the paddy fields, the rush of bicycles heading to work, and the simple yet profound moments of everyday life all serve as my muse.

I don't actively choose my subjects; rather, they choose me. There's an organic connection that draws me to capture them. It's as if the scenes around me beckon to be framed, to have their moments frozen in time, preserving an essence that can never be recreated. This intuitive process allows me to create images that are authentic and deeply resonant.

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

Choosing a single most memorable photography project is challenging, as I rarely engage in staged shoots or planned projects. Each of my photographs holds its own unique identity and intuition. However, one experience that stands out is my trip to the Masai Mara to shoot wildlife.

Ironically, I am not a wildlife photographer by trade, nor did I possess the specialized gear typically required for such endeavors. Yet, I had a profound urge to immerse myself in the raw, untamed wilderness—not necessarily to capture images, but simply to witness it firsthand.

In 2022, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Kenya. A friend from Dubai generously arranged high-end wildlife photography gear for me, allowing me to embark on this extraordinary journey. The experience was transformative. The connection I felt with the wild animals of the Masai Mara was indescribable.

Witnessing the raw beauty of nature and the majestic creatures that inhabit it left an indelible mark on me. This trip not only deepened my appreciation for wildlife but also reignited my passion for photography in a profound way. The memories of that journey continue to inspire me, compelling me to return to the wild landscapes of Kenya again and again.

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

My camera bag is equipped with a selection of essential tools that help me capture the world as I see it. I primarily use a Nikon D500 body, complemented by a versatile set of lenses: a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, a Nikon 20mm f/1.8, and a Sigma 35mm f/1.4. These lenses allow me to adapt to various shooting conditions and subjects with ease.

In addition to my camera and lenses, I carry three spare batteries to ensure I'm always ready to shoot, as well as several memory cards to store my images. I also have a mobile phone gimbal, a Vanguard travel tripod for stable setups, a cleaning kit to maintain my equipment, a durable camera strap for convenience, and a charger to keep everything powered up. This setup enables me to be prepared for a wide range of photographic opportunities, capturing moments as they unfold.

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

I don't consider myself to be in a position to give advice, but I am happy to share the principles I follow as a photographer.

Firstly, photography is an art form, and art cannot be forced. If the art of photography emerges from within, let it flow and grow naturally. Forcing it won't work. Allow your creativity to be spontaneous. When it comes from a place of genuine passion, it will fulfill your mind and satisfy your soul.

Secondly, chasing after name, fame, likes, and comments can lead to a stifling of your artistic expression. As a photographer and artist, your primary goal should be to create work that satisfies your soul. My happiness is my measure of success in photography. While many people pursue photography as their livelihood—which is entirely valid—it's crucial not to let your art die by following temporary trends or external validation.

In essence, focus on nurturing your passion for photography and let your work speak for itself. Authenticity and dedication to your craft will naturally lead to recognition and fulfillment.

You can find Ratnadwip Saha on :

Instagram : my.wander.tales

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