Mohit Bansal is a Chandigarh based photographer also known for his work in women empowerment. Unlike others, he didn’t have a pleasant childhood. He lost his mother and his father was barely able to give him a moderate living. Mohit Bansal had to work in a studio to support his studies. While growing up, he went through a lot and that’s what made him strong. He had done schooling from St Xavier’s Chandigarh. While in school, he used to take part in each extra curriculum activity. He had to pay his fee by himself so Mohit had to work after school. Initially, he was working at a nukkar in Chandigarh. While talking to him we came to know that photography didn’t come natural to him. There was an incident which changed his life and made him a photographer. It was summer vacation but Mohit Bansal and some other kids decided to join extra classes. School promised them to conduct classes for anyone subject which is not in their syllabus. When the teacher asked, “what they wanted to study?”. Mohit Bansal Chandigarh stood and told “Photography”. That whole summer they learned things about the camera and how they can take good photos. Although he wasn’t able to click many photos. But after that summer Mohit Bansal Chandigarh had decided his faith. He has decided that he will learn photography and will make a living in it.
Mohit told us that he left the Nukkar shop job right away and started trying to find a job in photography studios. Luckily he got the job in Kunal Bansal studio as an office boy. In that studio, his work was to make sure everything was on its place and also had to do the dusting. But he was happy as he finally had to work in between camera persons. He started saving money and along with that, he was learning photography. Finally after working for 6 months and 17 days he had money to buy a camera. He asked his owner for suggestions about which camera should he buy. That was when his owner recognized his dedication and after that, he gave him a chance to learn photography. This was a life-changing moment for Mohit Bansal Chandigarh. From that time he left all the odd jobs and started photography fulltime. After that, he started a small photography stall outside of his school, where he used to click photos of other students for a small sum of money. His teacher suggested him to do nature photography. Turned out, Mohit Bansal Chandigarh was quite good at it. He was awarded as wildlife photographer of the year. From that day he never had to struggle about school fee as he got a lifetime scholarship for studies. He also played an active role in many women empowerment movements.
What motivated him to start Free Photography Classes:
Mohit Bansal Chandigarh told that as a kid he had to face a lot. He used to do odd jobs to support his studies and passion. There was no one to help him. His father tried his best but after he dies, Mohit Bansal was all alone. Mohit Bansal Chandigarh wants to help them who has the passion but doesn’t have the support. He wants to be a change and support for helpless. Many people can’t be a photographer, just because they don’t have resources. Mohit Bansal is providing them the things they need. Mohit Bansal Chandigarh wants to add as much as volunteers he can add in his team. He hopes that one day people don’t have to go here and there to fulfill dreams. Whatever your profession is with full dedication and labor you can get successful. This world is full of people who want to help, you just have to find them. He also told when he started free photography classes, only 5 or 6 people were working as a volunteer and now this number has gone beyond thousands. He wants to start a nonprofit organization to help people fulfill their dreams. Currently, they are functional in Chandigarh, Mohali and 5 other cities of Punjab. He wants it to spread in the whole country. Mohit Bansal Chandigarh welcomes each helping hand.
What Changes Mohit Bansal Chandigarh wants to this Society
Mohit Bansal Chandigarh says that this country is full of resources and people. He blames politicians for unequal distribution of money. Mohit Bansal Chandigarh gave us an example: Suppose there are 15 Million people in a state, so they will need 15million shoes. What if the only company produces all those shoes? All the money will go to that company only. We need to distribute work to small businesses and companies. The MNCs are working with great profit but what about the common people? They have to suffer. Even as a child Mohit Bansal Chandigarh suffered a lot. He wants to make this change in society. He wants to be the one to make this change.
Does Mohit Bansal Chandigarh wants to Join Politics
Mohit Bansal Chandigarh told that he has been asked the same question from thousands of other people. He answered, “Media is all about rumors.” He helps people without any desire in his heart. He wants to make a change and if he has to come to politics for that, he will. But as of now, his answer is no.
What Photography means to Mohit Bansal
Photography gave him everything. Whatever he is today, is because of Photography. Without it, he couldn’t be able to make a living and help people. He is thankful to God for his sense of Photography and skills he possesses. This art is undetachable part of him and it’ll end with the end of his life.