What do you do for a living?
I’m mainly taking pictures of company events, which they need for PR reasons, image building and advertising. Besides that I’m also photographing restaurants and hotels, food, portraits and themes – depending on the job offers I get.
How would you describe what you do?
In case of event photography I’m trying to be curious like a child and „get into the rhythm” of a certain situation. I believe that every situation has its own speed and structure just like a piece of music. Therefore – within certain limits – it’s possible to predict, how things will develop during the next few seconds or minutes. This gives you enough time to look for a good perspective and to arrange your photo in an interesting way.
What does your work entail?
Many things. E.g. you have to know your technical stuff so you can master camera and light even when you’re under time pressure. You need to have a clear feeling for what is looking good to you. And of course you need sympathy for the people and things in front of your camera. I don’t know if this goes for all photographers, but at least it’s important to me.
What’s a typical work week like?
There’s no such thing as „typical work week”, each and every week is completely different. That’s one of the things I appreciate.
How did you get started?
By taking pictures as a hobby. I shot whatever I liked, and I showed my pictures around. I offered free photo shoots to my friends. Finally, after 10 years, my pictures became kind of popular in my hometown and people started to pay me for my work. Then I switched jobs from radio announcer to photography.
What do you like about what you do?
Being free to do what I like.
What do you dislike?
Can’t think of anything. Of course there are things, which are not comfortable. Sometimes I have to get up early, while I still want to sleep, or I have to travel a whole day long in a train that’s overfilled, just to get somewhere. But this applies to any other job as well.
What skills are needed to do this?
Maybe the ability to dive into moments and situations with all your heart, your soul and your mind. Also, see question number 3.
What is most challenging about what you do?
Each time it’s the same question: Will I get the pictures I like? Will the other people like them?
What is most rewarding?
When others like my photos and when they show me that they feel the same like me, that they have similar emotions.
What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
Just do what you feel you should do. Let other people know about it, but don’t bother them. And don’t do it just for the money. This would be a bad motivation.
How much time off do you get?
As it’s part of my life there’s no „off” and no „on”.
What else would you like people to know about your career?
Can’t think of anything right now.
What is a common misconception people have about what you do?
Maybe one misconception arises from the fact, that they only see that I’m happily running around with my camera. They don’t see how much home work is involved, such as postprocessing the photos on my computer, keep my websites running, finding solutions for technical problems on the internet etc.
Text: Saif Rahman Sozib