Good light is the key to good photography. As a photo-grapher you have to be a “good light hunter”—hone your vision so you’re looking for good light as much as good content. On assignments, we don’t always have the luxury to shoot only early in the morning and later in the day, so we have to learn to shoot in all sorts of light. When the sun is high in the sky, I try shooting backlit images, to ensure that the light does not fall directly on people’s faces. Another tip for shooting at this time of day, is to move your subject inside a doorway. The light will be beautiful on their face. An overcast day won’t give you the sun and shadows to make your photographs interesting, but it will give you “safe light”.
Kolkata offers several interesting ways to start the day, but few as fascinating and delicious as breakfast at the Chinese market in the heart of the commercial district. For decades, this was where Kolkata’s large Chinese community lived and worked. Even though, from the 1960s, the old quarters were gradually razed to make way for office blocks and broader roads, for a few hours at dawn, the site reclaims its old identity as a traditional open-air market along the broad Sun Yat Sen Street.