He is a wanderlust bitten traveler who has been around the globe. He is a photographer par excellence. And he is a Bengali. Kounteya Sinha is an urban nomad who weaves mesmerizing stories with his camera.
Recently, Kounteya received the the first ever European Union Diaspora Fellowship, and traveled over 7 countries of Europe, meeting Indians & interviewing them. He returned with 18000+ beautifully shot images with his Nikon D90. Referred to as ‘New Homelands: The Indian Diaspora in the European Union.’, every image in this project documents a spectacular and stunning story about Indians who are building a life in the European subcontinent.
His first photo series was 6262, followed by Hiraeth & Stone and Now. All his projects are characterized by – “an unquenching thirst to know, an undying need to discover and explore the unknown, the absolute obsession to move constantly and to follow the one true religion – knowledge, the common thread”.
After two decades of professional journalism, photography is now karma for Kounteya. About the project, he comments – “New Homelands was the most challenging work I have ever done. Imagine landing up in a completely foreign land and go looking for Indians – none of whom you know, you don’t know where they live, what they do, which ones have the best stories. It’s like being in the middle of a vast ocean and your compass does not work and you have no clue which direction is land. And all of this in a matter of seven days in each country.”
When amateur and aspiring photographers are all contesting over social media popularity, Kounteya, a Don Bosco (Park Circus) alumnus has earned global fame with his lenses. His photography tip summed up in simply – “if you are brave enough to take a picture, be equally brave to show it. Do everything possible so that the world sees your baby. If need be, become a human easel. Stand holding your picture in the middle of the road. Do everything possible to glorify your work. It is your utmost duty to show respect to the picture that allowed you to click it – drag it out of anonymity and give it life. It is your child after all.”
And here we present 20 never before seen, spectacular shots from New Homelands with the related stories in Kounteya’s own words.
We wish Kounteya all the best and may his splendid works fill up our lives with beauty and grace. Godspeed fellow Bong!
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