Either passion or ambition, effort is the only key leads to success. This is what made Sifat Ali Chowdhury become the official photographer of one of the leading bands in Bangladesh, Artcell. At an inclusive interview with Sofian Khan, Sifat shares his journey from where it all started. Interview : Learn to hold onto your dream, learn to follow your passion
*What inspired you to choose Photography as a profession?
I was doing my Higher Schools back then. After my sister got married, she suddenly bought me a camera and asked me to give it a try. So that’s how it all started, not out of any ambition or anything. Couple hundred clicks later, I realized that yes, I am into it and felt like taking it bit further. So I got enrolled into a Media Institute and attended the basic photography and photoshop courses. You see I had a plan for myself. That was no matter what I do, I will take myself to the level where people will be able to see and love what I do, how I do it. And after couple of months of my journey with my camera, I knew this is what I need to do and here I am.
*You started working with ARTCELL in 2016, from the mainstream to the official photographer of one of the leading bands of Bangladesh, how did you got the ticket?
After completing the courses I mentioned earlier, I was into Fashion Photography short time. Reason behind this was there were many subjects to focus on. So back then, my cousin was working with Artcell as their management. He was very positive with my work from the very beginning. One day he gave me a call and invited me at one of Artcell’s concerts. So I went there and took some shots. I literally had no intention to bother and all so, I did my job the same way I always used to do and came back. Few shots from that concert, I uploaded on the social media and thanked my cousin for being a support. Days later I got a call, I received it and could not believe who was on the other side. I was told to join Artcell as the official photographer, by Lincoln bhai himself! That’s I got my ticket to a fortune.
*It’s been 2 years with the band, in a single word how would you say your experience is with them?
The fact is, working with Artcell is like working for the family. The bonding here is amazing, especially the care and support of Lincoln Bhai. It’s not possible for me to express in a single word but here is what I like to say; if it wasn’t for these people, the Sifat I am today wouldn’t have made. I am humbly grateful to them for allowing me to be what I am today.
*In your photography career, which story of yours you’d like to tell others to inspire them to walk in the same track you are walking now.
This one story I would pass on over years. I, attending my photography and photoshop courses, has a chance to meet Andrew Biraj who was the a faculty member in the media institute there and the official photographer for Artcell back then. He one day was taking our class and was showing many of the snapes he took for Artcell. And suddenly I started wishing to be at the same position of him. Years passed on, I landed here with Artcell and being a close friend with Lincoln Bhai, Biraj bhai called on me as he wanted to meet the guy who took his place. I met him, asked him if he remembers me from the classes. He then responded I remember you from what you do now, that’s why I called you here. With this, what I want to tell to all the newcomers in this field is, Photography is a huge field. There are many opportunities for much people. Learn to hold onto your dream, learn to follow your passion and most importantly, learn to learn. These are what’s going to reach you to your destiny.