There are several wonderful women photographers. On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, we caught up with noted Wildlife Photographer, Seema Suresh, to know more about her work.
When and how did you start photography?
Photography for me started in 7th grade when my father gifted me a film rolled camera the ‘Yashika MF2’. I used the camera to shoot moments of happiness with my family, but because of high developing costs involved in developing an image I slowly moved out and perused my career ahead in the field of Journalism. After my post-graduation I started working in the field of print as a cinema journalist. Despite of the type of profession I was in, I never bought a camera to explore my creative quotient.
My life’s turning point came when my husband bought me a basic DSLR camera with his first salary.
After completely quitting journalism in 2010, through my normal routine work I came across a Facebook post on wildlife trekking lead by N A Naseer. With the zeal to explore photography and test my new DSLR camera, I enrolled myself for the workshop to explore what this profession had to offer.
The experience of walking aside famous wildlife photographers and other photography enthusiasts made me realize that I wanted to learn more, travel more and know more about photography professionally. My husband supported and persuaded me to study photography and made me join a photography school. After completing my studies in photography I traveled and explored places, clicking pictures of nature and wildlife eventually picking photography as my career.
How was your journey in the field of photography so far?
I’ve been a learner in life, exploring new avenues and analyzing the suggestions given by friends and colleagues and updating myself. Side by side I was tracking the work of famous wildlife photographers.
As an affinity towards the Indian forests, I travelled across North-eastern forests like Jim Corbett and Kaziranga with my camera. I also loved capturing elephants and their behaviors such frequent travels and exploring led me to my dream shot of capturing a herd of over150 elephants crossing the Ganga River.
To add to my travel diary, last year I travelled to Bharatpur, Desert National park in Rajasthan, Tadoba tiger reserve in Maharashtera, Bandipur national park in Karnataka, Mudumalai national park, Parambikulam in Kerala, Kabini and many more to come.
How do you manage work life balance with photography?
I work as a freelance writer, and I blend my writing and photography skills which makes it easy for me to manage. I’m taking nature awareness classes and photography workshop for students. I’m also a member and media coordinator of photography museum situated in Thrissur.
Does gender matter in wildlife photography?
No, I don’t think gender matters in wildlife photography these days. Back in the 2000’s only a few handful of female photographers joined us in wildlife photography but now people have changed and I see a lot of female photographers entering the profession. Throughout my travel journeys I have always traveled with male photographers and it was never a problem for me. All I received was good support from each and every one and vice versa.
Your message for every woman following their dreams?
- Don’t give up on your dreams and follow your passion.
- Love your family and gain their support
- Never limit yourself with the attitude of others.
- Never get down by gossips and negative comments.
Any advice for aspiring wildlife photographers?
Photography these days is a popularized art form of social media. Everyone these days owns a good mobile camera or a DSLR to capture moments raising the standards every day. With a lot of photographers entering the field there has been a lot of talent that has come to the limelight. I also think that luck matters in photography and I really appreciate how newcomers are spending time, money and patience to follow their passion in wildlife photography.