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About me

Nestled in the lap of eastern Himalayas is this charming little town called Kalimpong where I was born. Growing up here, the place has grown on me and I cannot really describe in words how beautiful and bountiful nature here is with its ever-changing hues. This is what I believe is the infinite source of my inspiration in whatever I do. As a child, sketching and working with colours interested me. Over time, there has been a deliberate shift in trying to capture the endless beauty of my surroundings within a photo frame. Thus it is that my canvas today is the flora and fauna around me and the colourful lives of a multitude of distinct ethnic groups who are the original inhabitants of this place.

Coming from a modest background, the question of owning a camera as a child and pursuing photography as a hobby just did not arise. Much later, my father presented me with a basic Ricoh camera which I treasure to this day. But for the photographs here, what I am using is a Nikon D90 D-SLR.

Apart from teaching Physics at the Kalimpong Girls' Higher Secondary School, I have taken up freelance photo journalism contributing to the local media channels. My wife and my daughter have been very supportive of my passion for photography and are my best critics.

It’s not everyday that one gets to live his dream. However, I have been very fortunate to have pursued and lived my dreams. To me, photography is an expression of one’s creative mind. I have learnt much in the past few years and I must say that more of this learning has come from my failures than from my successes. It has been an interesting journey so far with a long road ahead. Learning and developing my art remains the motto.

There has been no lack of encouragement in the past three years. I was featured in the September, 2009 issue of the magazine Talk Sikkim and again recently in the English daily Bengal Post. Three of my still photography documentaries have been published so far and I was nominated for the Sony World Photography Organisation in 2011. My photographs have also found a place in national and international salons.
Some awards and recognitions have also come my way and there have been several exhibitions in Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad and New York etc.

I am...

  • Photographer (advanced stage)

Comments 44

  • HML-ART 02/09/2013 10:57

    I'd give anything to be able to see through your eyes!

    Joy and Peace to You
  • Andy-Wood 01/19/2013 22:12

    you have a wonderful collection of photos here ... I'll come back again for some inspiration.
    best regards
  • Candela 12/03/2012 15:18

    How comes that I have discovered you only now???
    I love your photos very much! They are sensitive and just perfect!


    BW, Candela
  • Chris Kieffer 04/03/2012 19:56

    Excellent Portrait series, b&w and sepia are ++++
  • Glenn Capers 01/06/2012 0:58

    Love the water play friend.. it tells a great story about children
  • edser21 10/28/2010 18:40

    hello sir iam just an amature photographer who belives to have an eye for photography but has no support as how to go firther iam for darjeeling and soon hope to meet you soon as to learn more about having an eye towards photography
  • weggi 04/19/2010 11:11

    thanks a lot dear samiran!

    all the best from switzerland, weggi
  • un-scharf 10/22/2009 18:08

    I enjoyed visiting your homepage! Great pictures!
    Best regards
  • weggi 05/24/2009 12:17

    and again: thank you very much! how do you mean about the focussing points? regards, weggi
  • weggi 05/05/2009 11:46

    hi samiran my friend
    thanks a lot for your nice words!
    if you are interested in the place this foto was made, you can see it in panoramio, just google for weggi or use the link under my profile-foto.

    much greetings, weggi
  • weggi 05/04/2009 12:08

    dear samiran
    ...great to hear something from you! thanks a lot for your great comments! much greetings, weggi
  • Viera 05/03/2009 19:00

    Hi Samiran,
    Quite a long way for you to fulfill your dreams, but it repaid. Your photos are very nice with wonderful colors and well done. Congratulations!
  • Lara Mouvée 09/02/2008 14:23

    hallo Samiran,

    I saw your homepage and (I am not so good in expressing it in english) I like to have a longer look to your expressiv photos.

    thank you for your comment, so I had the chance.

    Best wishes for you
  • Kitara83 06/24/2008 14:26

    Hello Samiran,

    thank you very much for the photo comment.
    You have a great gallery, very beutifull pictures !

    With best regards
  • Marina Luise 06/09/2008 22:50

    I've told him to protect you! ;))

    Thanks for your gentle comment, Paul! :))
  • weggi 05/31/2008 14:59

    dear samiran

    great gallery! congratulations!

    much greetings from switzerland, weggi
  • Ayrton08 05/04/2008 23:35

    Hi Paul
    thanks for your comment to my portfolio.
  • Roberto L. 05/04/2008 19:24

    Thanks, Paul, for your message!!!
  • AXEL GEHRKE 04/12/2008 16:53

    Hello Paul
    thank you for your note “Die Stör”. Unfortunately I cannot see your pictures, since I do not have a world-wide entrance. I will have also this sometime. Up to then all property, Axel loves greetings
  • Angelo Effe 03/19/2008 18:58

    Hi Paul! Thanks for the comment. Ciao! Angelo
  • Alex2412 03/13/2008 18:57

    thanks for your comment to my "horse" picture.
    Your pictures are great! :-)

    Bye Alex
  • Karin Pohl 03/12/2008 14:44

    Hey Paul,
    thanks for your comment to my picture, I'm pleased, that you enjoy it.
  • mojgan soghrati 03/08/2008 12:38

    Thank you very much for your warm comment.
  • Wolfgang(Wolle) 03/04/2008 13:12

    Hallo Samiran,
    danke für Deine Anmerkung..!
    Freue mich immer wenn Du vorbeischaust.

    LG Wolfgang
  • Ilse Bartels 03/02/2008 13:27

    Vielen Dank für die Anmerkung. Es hat mich gefreut.
    Thank you.

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