[ Howrah, West Bengal, INDIA ] This little boy, struggling to come to terms with life with a mask, seems to believe that his mother might protect him from all calamities, even an unseen virus. The healing and influencing power of mothers in protecting families has been at the forefront of many awareness campaigns and immunisation programmes during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19. Shot at the Howrah station in West Bengal, India.

A B.Sc Zoology student from a small village of Howrah, for me, it was not an easy task to choose my career in photography. My journey in photography began when I went to pursue a diploma in Primary Teachers Training course despite my reluctance. That time I bought a smartphone and started taking pictures of some of the landscape of my locality to spend my boredom and that was how my interest in photography grew. I brought my first camera - a Fujifilm - from my pocket money about three years ago.
At first, it was very difficult for me because my family didn’t support me. But it gives me pleasure so I continued it. In photography, streets, human activities and raw emotions attract my lot, so I started to observe them and capture those moments. After that, I shifted into photojournalism. Now I am working as a freelancer Photojournalist of a Bengali daily newspaper.