DTU Times interviewed Vicky Roy, street photographer featured in Forbes Asia's 30 under 30, who was invited as a speaker at TEDxDTU'19.
Your early has been quite eventful, you came here from Puruliya, how has that affected your photography?
Actually when I came here I didn't know I’d become a photographer. In fact, I did not know till 2007. After my class 10th, I started photography. It was based in my mind that for professional photography you had to know English, but I studied in a Hindi medium school. Hence I thought the furthest I could go was as an Assistant. Luckily, I found a strong mentor who guided me to become a professional photographer.
How did you get to know about your passion for photography?
In 2004 there was a workshop on photography in my NGO, Salaam Balak. The person had come from Indonesia to do it. So in 10th when my NGO teacher asked me what I wanted to do, it clicked in my head that if I do photography, I would get to visit the world.
You got a contract from Maybach Foundation to cover the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. How was that experience?
First they had conducted a competition worldwide in which Ram Chandra Nath Foundation had nominated me. Then they had asked for pictures of construction sites. I had shot pictures of Delhi Metro and its construction but my mentor said there are bigger trains out there and this doesn’t cover the essence of India. Show them the Indian perspective. So I went to Rajasthan and clicked the Indian workers who worked wearing colourful photos, with the women having pots on their heads.
After that, I made it to the top 10 and by an interview process I was chosen to cover the reconstruction.
What message would you have for the budding photographers of today?
I notice whenever anyone starts photography, they expect everything will happen in 6 months, but its a simple logic that you have to spend a good amount of time to become a successful photographer, like any other profession.
Why should events like TEDx be organized?
There's a saying that if you have knowledge you should share it, that’s why events like TEDx should be organized.