Photographer: Swati Chakraborty
I met my grandfather through a photograph. He sits there in a sturdy piece of black-and-white paper, holding a two year old me - my only proof of ever having received any grandfatherly love. As I veered from photographing for pleasure to choosing it as a profession, this black and white photo stuck with me - reminding me how photographs can turn moments into memories. This is perhaps why I am drawn to portraits. All the people and their stories that I get to know during my photographic sessions inform my social vision and fire my creative imagination. Though the awards have been a huge source of encouragement, my stories remain my source of inspiration.