Shashwat Prakash: A Young Eye in the Old City

 
"Shashwat goes around the city looking for interesting things to photograph. He was walking around early one morning when he noticed that the birds, the man and sun just fell into place in front of him." Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

“Shashwat goes around the city looking for interesting things to photograph. He was walking around early one morning when he noticed that the birds, the man and sun just fell into place in front of him.” Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

This article was originally published in January 2015.

Shashwat Prakash

Shashwat Prakash

Being a teenager can be a tumultuous but exciting period in one’s life. While some may drift through it in confusion, other’s like Shashwat Prakash find an interest, that is a little different from his peers.

“Nobody in my class likes photography!”, laments the Class 10 student. But this has never stopped him from photographing his hometown at every chance he gets. This can be quite the challenge, considering the demands of school.

Shashwat discovered photography two years ago, with a little point-and-shoot that was lying in his home. He purchased a few rolls of film to experiment with and….he was hooked! Seeing his interest, his father soon gifted him a DSLR. From this point on, there was no turning back.

“Steve McCurry, Raghu Rai and Vineet Vohra are some my favourite photographers and they inspire me to shoot better every day.”

Apart from going out to make pictures regularly, Shashwat attends workshops, seminars and group shoots with other photographers in the town. One of his images was very recently published in the Federation of Indian Photography’s monthly magazine. At the moment, he has no plans of taking up photography as a profession after school. He does, however, plan to keep at it as a serious hobby.

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

Photograph/Shashwat Prakash

About Shashwat Prakash

Shashwat Prakash is a photography enthusiast based in Varanasi. He is 16 years old and wants to earn a B. Tech degree after completing school.

— Written by Natasha Desai

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