In my first visit to Kolkata, I wanted to understand their lifestyle and their culture through my camera. Even though I was carrying my camera most of the times, but didn’t click that much. Then one day when I was in the taxi, on my way home from Park Street, I had the idea of taking photographs with yellow taxi. You know, it’s almost everywhere in Kolkata, especially in traffic signals, when so many things happen around these taxis. This street boy came near my window when my taxi stopped in a traffic light. He was looking at my camera with all his curiosity. I took few of his photographs and showed him the previews, which made him really happy. Even though it was risky to take and show photos to unknowns, but he was just a kid, stranger, just like I was to him.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | March 29
Award Score: 68 (Value 12, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, Bangladesh
Photographer: Shahnaz Parvin (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Registered
Shahnaz Parvin was an Award-Winning Photo Journalist. She was a passionate Bangalee, and used to reside in Bangladesh, until she passed away at the age of 32 on August 14, 2016. She was one of the best photographers of her time, who has been within top 10 of world’s top 100 photographers for last few years. Her real passion was in photography and learning it. Shahnaz mostly loved documentary photography, and loved to represent her country Bangladesh through her lens. With the highest number of Photo of the Month and Photo of the Day Awards, Shahnaz joined Light and Composition as Contributing Photographer from March 2013. Covering upheaval, conflict, places, people, and culture, she was one of the top most contributors from South Asia until 2015.