Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and I am currently a student at Northeastern University, pursuing a degree in Finance. I am a huge symmetry addict and somewhat of a perfectionist, so I guess Finance helps tie in that sense of order and systematic mathematical logic that balances out the creativity and chaos of the unknown. Therefore, I think in my photographs, whether it is a food flat-lay or a portrait shot, that I strive to achieve this balance as well. The beauty of artistic chaos, mixed with some sort of sensible order.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
Photography kind of started for me in 9th grade when I went on a field trip in an art class and was instructed to just take pictures. It was the first time in my life where pictures didn’t equate to family vacation photos. I remember taking this photograph of a stray dog that I still really love, and I think it was that specific photograph that ended up fueling my passion to further develop my skills in photography.
How has becoming an Instagram influencer impacted your life or career?
The day I joined Instagram, I told myself that this was an app to share with my friends the happenings of my life. Now that my following has expanded to more than just the circle of people I have met or am acquainted to, I find myself more and more invested in the concept of sharing my life. I think at the end of the day, I take pictures because, like anyone else, I want to preserve certain moments in my life. These moments are special whether it’s the person I am with, the meal I am having, the place I am in, the event I am attending or even a feeling I am having, all of which makes me, well… me. The aspect of sharing that hasn’t really changed. What has changed since becoming an “influencer” is the context. I now get the opportunity to meet certain people or be somewhere, where I wouldn’t otherwise. The glamour that comes with being an influencer is of course a huge thrill, and I am so grateful for everything but I haven’t reached a level where much has changed for me, career wise. This all remains something that I do on the side and that I do for fun. Instagram is something that is very personal and I find connecting with people on it to be extremely rewarding, I think I would hate for it to become purely business.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
Keep at it. I don’t think anyone in life will ever achieve perfection, but that’s what makes us human. The one thing I can guarantee is that instead of perfection, you will achieve improvement, if you keep pushing yourself. We are creatures that literally grow and develop as time passes, and much like our bodies, our mind, our emotions, and our skills grow with us if we nurture ourselves properly. As time passes, you will begin to shape your work and set yourself towards something you like and admire, and keep moving away from the flaws or the things that you don’t necessarily enjoy. I think another key thing aspiring photographers or creatives in general need to understand is that it is perfectly okay to imitate but it is absolutely not okay to replicate. Find something that inspires you and try to learn how it came into being. Photography is half planned and half luck. You cannot control everything that goes on, but try to understand what it is you can control, and how to master those things.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I like to believe I am an open-book, so if anyone has any specific questions, or issues they are dealing with, or even just want to learn more, they could always reach out to me either through DMs, or via email. I owe a lot of my “success” to a lot of people within the Instagram community right here in Boston. Seeing the works of these people, who are not trained professional photographers, is what drove me to where I am.
Instagram: @sukrits_25 | Website: SukritSrisakulchawla.com
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