Is street photography becoming Cliche? Rammy Narula clarifies to Contact Sheet

Rammy Narula is a Bangkok-based photographer with a passion for learning and exploring.

Rammy Narula often credits photography for being his lifeline, allowing him to discover more meaning as well as a sense of purpose.

As an active member of the street photography community, Rammy has judged several international street competitions and his work has been featured in local and international

publications. In 2016, his photobook "Platform 10", a project shot on a single platform at the Bangkok Central Train Station, was published by Peanut Press, a publishing house in New York City.

Today, a member of Street Photo Thailand and the international photography collective Burn My Eye, Rammy continues to challenge himself to evolve and find new ways to communicate through photography and connecting with others.

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Rammy with his answers of 5 questions

1. What motivated you to be a street photographer?

Not so much a motivation to become a street photographer that drove me to this place, but more so a motivation to look for a break from how I lived and spent my time. I felt stuck and needed to try something different. Street photography came up by chance and I found myself enjoying walking the street and observing life outside of my head. It became a good escape and led me here to where I am now.

2. How important is a camera for street photography? any suggestions?

A lot of people have a camera on them now with their phones, so an actual camera became a choice more than a requirement. This has changed the nature of why and how people buy a camera and so I think it depends solely on what the photographer hope to achieve with their work.

Because phone cameras still have some limitations - movement, depth, lens choices, color profiles, etc - if you feel like you need more than what you have on the phone then getting a camera could answer those questions.

But I use my phone quite a lot now too and you can most definitely get a lot out of it. So if you can't afford an actual camera don't let it stop you from making pictures. It's only as important as what you need it to do.

3.  What elements make photo stands out? Who are the photographers inspires you? ( Any photographers need to be followed)

What makes a street photo stand out to me is whether I can keep looking at it and imagine what the photographer wants to say. Whether it makes me curious and want to ask questions about it. A picture has to make the audience want to know about the photographer and their mind. The more a picture lends to the imagination, the more it stands out. I'm very inspired by a few Magnum photographers. Harry Gruyaert, Christopher Anderson, and Trent Parke to name a few. The way they understand what it is they are looking for, follow their intuition, and are able to deliver it effectively is hugely inspiring to me.

4. Do you think Street photography is becoming cliche or monotonous?

I think social media has made it feel that way.

Whenever something catches a trend, you start to see much more of it online. Suddenly you see images that follow each other and your news feed become filled with similar images. You can't control it.

Artists will always be inspired by other artists.

Photographers will always be inspired by other photographers. It will never change. There are just more photographers now so you see more inspired productions. When you perceive something as a success, you want to do it for yourself. It's inevitable. The way to avoid feeling like it's all monotonous and cliche is to limit your own consumption. If you only give time to what inspires you, then you don't see the things that don't help you. It's only as cliche or as monotonous as you give it your attention, if that makes sense.

5. Any suggestions for young photographers?

I think one of the most important things for young photographers to know is that it's important for them to find the courage to do whatever it is that they want to do and to find that courage as soon as possible. To not get stuck into what's popular and in trend because those things don't really last. It's nice to be inspired by other photographers, but it's hard to feel satisfied until one finds their own path.

Make mistakes. Experiment. Fail a lot and learn from it. Don't worry about what other people think, and find people they trust to tell them what they need to hear, and not just what they wish to be told.]

All Photo are copyrighted by (c) Rammy Narula

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