Chasing the passion of photography
Stephen Curry, the famous basketball player, once said, "It doesn't matter where you come from, what you have or don't have, what you lack, or what you have too much of. But all you need to have is faith in God, an undying passion for what you do and what you choose to do in this life, and a relentless drive and the will to do whatever it takes to be successful in whatever you put your mind to. "
Passion is a very powerful word. Since the beginning of his photography journey, 27-year-old Sohel Ahmed has always been very passionate about photography. To him, photography is a place where he can find peace and happiness.
Ahmed lives in Dhaka, and completed his Engineering degree in EEE from AUST. Photography first captured his imagination when he was in his undergrad. The first camera he ever bought was mainly for traveling purpose, but his interest started to grow gradually.
Initially, he was into street, travel and lifestyle photography, but later on, he got interested in wedding photography, where he had the opportunity to work with moments, and started to work on compositions he learned while practicing street and lifestyle photography. He joined some of his seniors at university and started a company, "Reels and Stories."
"About photography, the best feeling for me is when I'm able to bring out someone's emotion when they look at one of my photographs, be it a smile, tears, or nostalgia. My desire is that when someone looks at a photo taken by me after 10 years, the memories come hurrying back as if it was yesterday, and so does the emotion," states Ahmed.
When he started wedding photography as a career, he faced many challenges. In Bangladesh, it is not taken as a respectable and wise career option. Sometimes he was very ambiguous about his career but his passion helped him to stay focused. Throughout his career, he achieved many international awards in wedding photography. He won awards for competitions like "Siena Creative Photo Awards," "International Photography Awards," and "Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year." These inspired him and kept him charging forward.
Right from the start, he dreamed to cover weddings outside of Bangladesh and through his hard work, he was able to fulfil this dream. He has documented his first international wedding in the USA. He traveled five different states (New York, Chicago, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio). The pre wedding photoshoot took place in New York and the grand wedding took place at Columbus in Ohio. He also had the opportunity to travel across the USA.
"After travelling across USA for a month, I realized that people here give so much priority and respect to art and creativity, which inspired me to chase my dream. Things that I have achieved and achieving through my photography journey is inspiring me every day and making me more passionate about my dream. I will always be thankful to my family, friends and my teammates who has always supported me to chase my passion," says Ahmed, when asked about his journey.
The best feeling for him about photography is when he is able to bring out someone's emotion when they look at one of his photographs; be it a smile, tears, or nostalgia. His desire is that when someone looks at a photo taken by him after 10 years, the memories would come rushing back as if it was yesterday, and so does the emotion.