This month we feature the work of the talented and young Snehal Kanodia. Hailing from Bangalore, Snehal is now studying in St.Xaviers College, Kolkata. Her work won her a photography scholarship to Ladakh which gave her an opportunity to learn from acclaimed photographers such as Ami Vitale and Lana Slezic. Her work was recently featured in the ‘Calcutta photography festival’.
Snehal held her first DSLR 2 years ago but art has always fascinated her. In her younger days her talent may have been restricted to winning inter-school level drawing competitions and making beautiful birthday cards. But when she came to Kolkata, after an 8 class photo workshop, photography became her new medium. “It was like instant painting – a strong and impactful medium of creative expression”, she says.
Snehal has since been taking photographs of every vacation, every city event and every interesting person she meets with a pure passion. But she says “that wasn’t enough.” This was the inception of her latest project.
A Photo A Day is a photo essay of 32 pictures, rooted in the simple idea that every individual has a story to tell, a life worth knowing about, and a lesson to teach. This project was conceptualized only after the first picture was taken. She had only walked about a 100 metres after clicking Mr. Dulal Bera (on Day 1), on her way back home, when the idea struck her.
She ran back, took down his details and uploaded the picture in the evening. What started as a selfish aim to hone her skills, developed into a habit of living a new adventure every day. Though the project has come to a halt, the essay behind it continues. She is now giving back the pictures and a team including her and her fellow students have started to teach at “The Oral School for Deaf Children”(Photo of Day 31).
The 10 pictures she shares with us today are her favorites out of the 32, forming a part of the same essay, all shot in Kolkata (The City of Joy). The captions along with them talk about experiences that touched her heart. This month’s magazine background also features her fantastic work. Catch her work on her own personal website as well.
Day 15 – This beautiful picture is the featured image on Seize The Word blog this month
Learn more about Snehal Kanodia.