If there is no emotion, there is no good photograph- Santanu Dey street photographer rom Kolkata

Santanu Dey, an amateur street photographer based in Kolkata , India, captured the emotions from hid daily walk from the streets .


Emotions are universal & Emotions are truth.

In photography, one thing that makes a great photo is its ability to convey emotion. Emotion in a photograph or any work of art is what helps a viewer to connect with a piece if that emotion is prevalent in the viewer. I think we can all agree that in order to be successful, a photograph needs to connect with its viewers on an emotional level. That emotion could be awe, desire, sadness, longing, or any number of the plethora of human emotions, but there needs to be an emotion.

This is one of the most powerful, yet difficult, an element to create a good photograph is capturing emotion and feeling. A really good image is one that conveys a mood and pulls the viewer into the scene. If a photo tells a story and tugs at the heartstrings, it’s more or less successful.

Of course, there are lots of other elements that play vital roles to create a frame but without feelings and emotion you will not be able to convey a story nor to create certain moods in your photos.

In our life every bit of a moment is a canvas in which we draw some incidents to fill it. There is no such blank canvas in our life. To fill our canvas we need incidents full of emotions & feelings as without these nothing can be drawn. We, the photographers are the bunch of people who capture those emotions to make them a “Memory of Lifetime”.

Photographing people doing something they love, or going about their daily lives, or to photograph nature / animals / abstract world the word “Emotion” is widely spread from each corner to another corner of a frame to tell a story. If there is no story there is no emotion & if there is no emotion, there is no such good photograph.

In conclusion & in my point of view life is full of chapters with lots of frames filled with different emotions. Humans are the elements only to witness those and we, the photographers are to freeze them to make the moment “Forever Young”. Requirements are a lot, demands are a lot but without emotion everything seems very much less.

Here, I present some of my images which I think are filled with emotion & feelings and requesting all of you to please go through with them to narrate an emotion along with story & feelings.













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About the photographer:

Santanu Dey


"Myself Santanu Dey, an amateur street photographer based in Kolkata. By profession I am an Accountant & Logistics Manager in a leading engineering firm from the last 16 years."

Since 2016 photography has a huge influence in my life & all it started with a very interesting but an insulting incident. As I didn't have any camera in my earlier days, I used to explore things with my mobile. In my initial days, due to lack of knowledge about different genres of photography, I usually shot things which were possible to shoot with mobile (e.g. still life, abstract etc.). Couple of years back I bought my first DSLR & started shooting on the street on a regular basis.

Slowly after starting in photography & on progressing I found my real interest in street photography. The emotion, the everlasting drama, the changing sequence, the light & shadow, the people, the moment all these are the things which attract me to shoot street photography. I highly believe as Robert Doisneau, the famous French photographer once told “The marvels of daily life are exciting, no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”


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