Backstory – 05

Backstory – 05

Documenting the bride getting ready is so much more than just the bride “getting ready”. Love the symbolism and humanity evident all through the...
EOS to X-Trans – a Documentary Photographer’s Journey

EOS to X-Trans – a Documentary Photographer’s Journey

I first took up a camera in 2003. A little too late I feel. Until then, my creative release came through writing. But that first camera – a Canon 350D changed everything. From words, I became a visual storyteller. Small and lightweight it came with me on some exciting adventures. Most notably a year-long documentary project following the fishermen of Goa on the west coast of India – Call of the Seas. When shooting I try to become as inconspicuous as possible. I also love going in close to my subject. I believe Frank Cappa’s quote “If your images are not good enough, you are not close enough.” I suppose my physical frame helps with that! But I also use gear so as to enable this stealth documentary approach. Back in 2005 I did my first wedding in a documentary photojournalistic style, seeking to remain inconspicuous, silently documenting events and emotions unfolding before me. I was hooked to the idea of documenting people’s lives on what is one of the big days in their lives. To have complete access on a day when emotions run the whole gamut is more than any documentary photographer could ask. Over the years cameras have changed but the Canon brand stuck with me. My last camera has been the highly acclaimed 5DMk3. In the meanwhile, I also began working with video. The Canon 7D enabled this transition seamlessly for me. The 5DMk3 only enhanced this. And about 2 years ago I invested in the Canon C100 camera for my video documentary projects. That camera came with me to the deserts of Gujarat and...

Backstory – 04

Cash has always been an integral part of weddings in India. In a variety of cultures across the nation, the use of notes for garlands on the groom and his escort or in little rituals on the mandap is a common...
Why a Wedding Photojournalist values Moments

Why a Wedding Photojournalist values Moments

Moments are fleeting. In a situation as fast-paced as a wedding, moments come and go before anyone has had a chance to catch a glimpse of it. All too often, for the bride and groom, the day whizzes by with them not really knowing what transpired. A Wedding Photojournalist considers it his/her primary duty to capture those moments for the bride and groom and their family. It is for this reason why a wedding photojournalist does not spend time on staged shots and static details (like the dress or rings). In the pursuit of those staged shots, a wedding photographer can all to easily miss the real moments. Take the case of this wedding. When I walked into the room where the bride was getting ready, the first thing I did was look for spaces and angles. The room was much smaller than usual – very intimate. A large four-poster bed took up most of the floor space. The bride, Tatiana was the epitome of composure – quiet and absolutely “non-panicky”. She was getting ready in one corner by the window. The light coming in was just beautiful. But the small room meant I needed to move slowly so as not to be in anyone’s way. In contrast to the bride, was this little flower girl who was curious about everything around her. She wanted to try out the make-up kits and everything else! I got quite a few moments of the little girl and then it happened. The lack of space in the room and the little girl’s curiosity came together when she couldn’t help peep from behind...
Backstory – 03

Backstory – 03

Very often, the most meaningful image during the climax of a wedding comes, not from Center stage. The father of the bride struggles to control his emotions as he watches his daughter during the pheras. Any father could empathise with him as he “gives away his little girl”, someone he’s first held in his arms years ago in a hospital room, played with, taken walks in the park with, watched over when she burnt with fever. Yes! Mixed feelings being the father of the...