Studying in the same school for two years, Kushal and I didn’t know each other on a personal level but we had often worked closely since our activities seemed to intertwine. A week ago, as I was scrolling down my feed on Instagram, I came across his post that featured the cover of the 100th issue of the Lonely Planet Magazine India (LMPI) with his name on it and I couldn’t have been more proud. I also knew that I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to highlight this feat. I knew that he’d be in school (boarding school) and reaching out to him would be like putting a thread through a needle, doable but difficult. However, with the help of trusted sources, I finally received a call from him. Battling the disruptive network, I somehow managed to salvage some details about the picture and how it happened to appear on the cover of Lonely Planet.
The Cover Click
Kushal Mittal wasn’t new to LPMI as a few of his articles had been published on the magazine in the past. When the word got out that the magazine was inviting entries from across the world in an effort to feature the work of talented photographers on their 100th issue, Kushal didn’t miss out on the opportunity to register himself. A decision that proved worthwhile. It was a moment of pride for the Mittal family when they received a mail from the magazine team stating that his photo has been selected along with a letter of recommendation to boost Kushal’s future endeavors in the field of photography.
Behind the Lens
Kushal Mittal is a class 12 student at The Assam Valley School, Balipara. He developed his interest in photography when he was 11 years old. His photography journey started with an Instant Camera which he claims to have taught him about the value of each film. He’d always think twice before clicking.
For Kushal, photography has been a medium to share his experiences with others. Photography also provided an escape into the world of imagination. Through photography, he wishes to expand the ways he connects with people and also expressed himself, which he fails to with words. He believes in the mantra, ‘Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.’
The Wall of Fame
Besides being featured on LPMI, Kushal has several other noteworthy achievements. He was nominated for the Top 100 Photographers all over the World in 2016 as well as in 2017, out of over 500 international entries. He also managed to grab the Top 20 position in the category of Landscapes on Pixoto, which is the world’s largest free photo contest website. On Pixoto he has 26 international awards in his name.
He bagged the first position in Digital Poster Design competition in the All India Inter-School Art and Design Cultural Fest – Srijanyam. His photographs have been published in The Assam Tribune. He qualified for the final round and received the Special Jury Award at the National Design Championship held in Delhi in 2016.
At school, he has made many significant contributions. Being a part of The Assam Valley School Photographic Society, he served as the Photography Captain for two years. He also designed the AVS Mobile Application for both Android as well as iOS for the school.
A passionate and dedicated photographer, Kushal continues to push the limits. He is currently trying his hand at animation as well as other creative digital and technical art.
Want to check out his photographs? Check his Instagram handle
By Deirdre Basumatary