In this “Exclusive Interview” section, today we have the opportunity to talk with Shikchit Khanal, as his photograph was winner of Photo of the Month – 29th Month, 3rd Place. Let’s discover more about Shikchit Khanal, and his forays into photography in the following interview with him.
Shikchit Khanal: It is really an honor. I was quite surprised to learn I was winning Photo of the Month. I am happy.
L&C: Your photographs, “Trail to Heaven’s Lake”, was selected as Photo of the Month, is a beautiful landscape photograph with artistic perspective, correct lighting, and very well presented. Overall, a great composition! Tell us more about your experience of taking this photograph.
Shikchit: I took this photo after a long trek in the Anapurna Circuit, Nepal. I was with a very close friend and we spent the day at Tilicho Lake as I took many shots from different perspectives working with the sunlight to capture this shot.
Shikchit: I am proud and touched that so many people are following my work thanks to Light and Composition. I am still a growing photographer and I feel honored that my work is being seen and liked by others.
Shikchit: Growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal, I have seen great change in my country. It has changed from a lush green country where I could run as a boy through rice fields to now a very urban landscape of overcrowded streets and people. My country has very much shaped who I am as a person and how I see the world. In turn, this has strongly impacted the way in which I portray my work in that it has made me appreciate the natural world and the beauty of a moment knowing that it can change instantly.
L&C: We see so many different genres of photography in your portfolio. Do you like a particular genre of photography?
Shikchit: I love street photography most of all. In my opinion, it is the most authentic photography and the most difficult to capture because you must capture the moment before it is lost.
Shikchit: I am always looking for photos in everything that I am looking at. After this, I wait for the ideal light to capture the most natural photo working with my camera to give me the shot I want.
L&C: Shikchit, have you ever exhibited your work? If so, then tell us about your first exhibiting experience.
Shikchit: Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to exhibit my work, but I would love to some day.
Shikchit: I follow and participate in a few small social media photography organizations which has helped me in a small way to share my work with other artists as well as see the work of other aspiring photographers.
L&C: What advice would you give our readers who want to take part in the journey around the world with photography?
Shikchit: As Jack Kerouac said, “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
L&C: Thank you, Shikchit, for sharing your feelings and experiences with us.