I am Joy Saha. I am an independent photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Documentary Photography & Photojournalism are the areas of my interest and I have a strong fascination for Portrait photography. Being a photo enthusiast, I have been traveling near and far to depict interesting human stories for the last few years. My passion is to explore the different aspects of human life and document them. Capturing the human element is the key to my photography. Through my photos, I want to share my unique perspective and experience with all.
When I bought my first camera, I started capturing photos. Day by day I am learning and becoming better than yesterday. Mostly I learn from other photographer’s work. I study and analyze them. Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry, Raghu Rai, James Natchway, GMB Akash are my favorite photographers. In visual storytelling, I show the subject with its surrounding environment as the supporting elements help to convey a message within the image. I always think about how I am going to compose my image before pressing the shutter button and I am very much serious about the composition technique of my image. From the very beginning, I use a Canon DSLR along with 2-3 Canon lenses. Canon cameras are user-friendly and their colors are pretty accurate. In addition, I use some post-processing applications like Lightroom & Photoshop to present my images as aesthetically natural as I can.
I was very happy when I was informed that one of my images had been selected for TOP50 in Agora #bestoftheweek4 contest. It was really tough to get noticed among a large number of photos.
I was the Hero of #bestoftheweek4 contest. The winning image was captured in my hometown, Narayanganj, a city 25 km away from the capital – Dhaka. This image shows the hardship of wheat processing workers. Wheat is the second most important staple food crop in Bangladesh after rice. Wheat Production involves some stages one of which is clearing out the dirt using a large wooden filter. Local women workers find it difficult to work in such a hazy, dark and suffocating place. So, I took the shot to show the world this untold human suffering as we don’t even know this type of effort while consuming wheat. The thing I like the most about AGORA is that It believes in democracy meaning that Everyone’s view is important. That’s why It sets a voting system to choose the TOP 5 from the Top 50 photos.
I work as a part-time photographer. Photography is more of a passion to me. I have received many national and international awards & accolades. In addition, my work has been featured in numerous international newspapers and magazines.
As a visual storyteller, it is my responsibility to showcase the socio-economic issues as well as the impact on human life. Besides being a photojournalist, I use Photography as a powerful tool to communicate with the viewer the same way I felt when recording the stories, keeping in mind that the viewer was not there – But I was. I strongly believe in the power of storytelling in changing people’s perspective towards social changes & issues. My photographic journey is not only to capture the human condition in unique, challenging situations but also to portray the artistic beauty and enduring power of the human spirit. I am on an endless journey of documenting untold human stories through my lens so that I can awaken humanity and compassion.
Don’t get demotivated if you don’t have a costly camera or the sharpest lenses because It is not the camera but the person behind who takes the photograph. Go out and click photos with any device you have. Plus, read some photography books, articles, and journals. Most importantly – “Don’t ever rush. Doing photography is a journey, not a 100-meter race.”