They say photography helps people to see and to feel. When Nikhil Pal captures a photo, he wants his viewers to understand the story behind the image and feel the positive energy emitted through his work. He expertise in bringing out the best of street photography by capturing all the happy moments. Here’s a chat with the young and talented aspiring photographer from Uttar Pradesh. Let’s find out more about him!
19-year-old Nikhil Pal, a student and passionate photographer from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh talks to us about his love for street photography, capturing happy moments and putting a smile on people’s face through his work.
Hello! Please introduce a little about yourself.
My name is Nikhil Pal, 19 years of age and my home town is Bijnor city in Uttar Pradesh. I’m currently pursuing my first year of college at Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.
What initially sparked your interest in photography?
I really feel that my upbringing was a little more fortunate than other kids back in those days. I remember I was the only one to own a cellphone during high school days, even though it was a simple one. It was not long after that, I received my first smartphone with a decent camera and this was where it all began. I started capturing images of beautiful sunsets and flowers. In a small town like Bijnor, we have small streets and narrow alleys which has inspired me to start my street photography.
Street photography of two kids sharing a priceless bond and joyful moment with each other | shot by Nikhil Pal
How do you manage your hobby as a photographer, being a full time student?
I’m a full time student, living in a relative’s place. I have classes from Monday to Saturday so, usually on Sundays or whenever I have holidays, I go out for strolls to capture some photographs of the things that I find interesting.
Moment of kids having a play time, captured perfectly by Nikhil Pal
Street photography of a happy kid with his puppy | by Nikhil Pal
Where do you draw inspirations from?
My main source of inspiration comes from the photographers and the hard-working content creators that I see on social media like Instagram and YouTube. Their unique work and incredible creations inspires me to continue whatever I am doing and has taught me a lot, for two years now.
What do you hope people take away from your photographs?
If you look closely at my photographs, you will probably notice that there is a story behind every image. I mostly tend to capture happy moments to give my viewers the positive energy and happy vibes. I hope that my photographs could bring a smile to people and inspire them to remember those moments for days and months.
Cute little girl at Jama Masjid, Delhi | Photo by Nikhil Pal
Amazing capture by Nikhil Pal at the ITO Yamuna Ghat, New Delhi
Nikhil’s shot from parade rehearsals for Republic Day
What gets you particularly excited about taking street photography?
Whenever I am out in the streets to capture some photos, I don’t just click randomly and walk away, but I try to meet new people, talk to them and even make friends. I usually spend some of my time with them and I enjoy doing that for I get to learn so many new things. These are some of the reasons that makes me happy and excited about taking photographs.