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Published in Docu Book Vol 4.
Best of Documentary & Street Photography
ISSN: 2814-9033
Digital publication (ebook)
 

Interview & Photographs: 

Ushi Grant

Tell about yourself a little bit… How did you become a photographer?

My passion for photography grew from the moment I received my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, for my 10th birthday.

It was my father however, that fuelled my love for photography. He always had a camera with him, and he made many beautiful images documenting our family life and travels abroad. My father had no formal training, just a keen eye for composition and light.

As I child I was fascinated with the fact that these moments in time could be captured and kept alive by simply looking through our many family albums and slides. And a passion was ignited.

My photographic journey has taken many twists and turns over the years. Back in those days of film, I remember the excitement and anticipation of waiting for my roll of film to be developed and printed to see what treasures I might find amongst them.

Invariably, they were ordinary snapshots, but I did start to get a sense of what worked and what clearly didn’t. I began to see how light affected a particular scene. Fast forward a decade, I found myself working for a local newspaper for a few years.

These days I photograph just for the pleasure and my work is more art-based.

I love to use photography to explore and find moments in our urban life that celebrate the magic of people in their everyday activities.

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a photographer?

Wow, that’s a tough one! For me, the printed photograph has always…