Young Boy In Printers Workshop In Kolkata, India

A lovely formal portrait, in black and white, of a young boy in his father's print workshop in Kolkata, India

My time in Kolkata, India was filled with deeply moving experiences such as when I met and photographed this young lad inside a small printers workshop in one of the cities backstreets. He was a lovely, gentle soul and I enjoyed photographing him inside his father's workshop.

Let's Study Composition

Notice the repetition of the circular design element within the image. The wheel on the side of the printing press, the shape of the boys head and the old electric fan on the right of the image work together to create a sense of balance and harmony to the image.

Sometimes Color Gets In The Way

I opted for a black-and-white rendering to enhance the old world nature of the workshop and to concentrate viewer attention on the strong shapes and tonality within the image. In reality he was wearing a bright blue shirt which would have attracted too much attention, given the diminished color in the rest of the scene

Making The Photo

To make the original photo I simply asked the boy to walk forward, into the light, and then rest his hand on top of the press. A final direction to just tilt (not turn) the head a little helped to illustrate the boy's gentle nature. The photo was made within a few minutes and then I moved on, happy with the interaction and exhilarated by the result.

India, from my experience, is an amazing place for photography. Dramatic mountain landscapes, tropical environs and incredible temples and palaces. But it's the people that I always remember with the most fondness. And that's after, I think, five trips to India since 1988.

Perhaps, one day, I'II see you there.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru