Photographer - Sanjyot Telang http://sanjyottelang.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Sanjyottelangphotography Hair & MakeUp -
Indrakshi Ria Pattanaik@Tiny Fingers, India
https://www.facebook.com/styledbyindrakshi Wardrobe Stylists
Lovedeep Gulyani https://www.behance.net/Lahdeedum
Indrakshi Ria Pattanaik (Tiny Fingers, India)
Model - Himanshu Singh https://www.behance.net/himandshoes
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. What does this collection say about your mindset when you were creating it?
Speaking on behalf of my team, I would say the unanimous mindset behind this idea was to portray the death of a creative soul trapped in the mimes of today's societal cliché. I think all of us feel this way once in our life. I believe every human is a born artist, be it any art. This collection represents how naturally creative minds are forced to adapt to a robotic corporate job for survival, thus killing the artistic flair in every soul.
2. Where do you most often find inspiration from? And when you lose it…what do u do to find it?
I take inspiration from the people I meet, my personal experiences and a lot of cinema. For eg. I am particularly moved by stories of the previous centuries. Maybe that's what inspires my nostalgic style of images. Often, I simply sit on a bench and observe people for their expressions and their body language. If and when I lose it, I take a random subway or a bus and travel to and fro in it. Somehow, my brain activates amidst the speed and the crowd :)
3. What do you look for and lookout for… when putting together the perfect set team?
Most of the times, I wait to get an approval from my instincts when it comes to selecting the right model for an idea. Sometimes I approach people on subways to make portraits of them. :) Often I sit with my preferred stylist to discuss models and the corresponding make up artist and hairstylist. As for an assistant, I try to find people who have worked with me before, who are easy going, friendly (to keep the calm on the set) and fast paced.
4. Why editorial, session work? So many say it’s a dead road… why did you continue to pursue this path?
I like telling stories more than selling clothes :)
5. While on set, how do you stay focused?
On sets, I brief every team member of the possibilities of improvisations while I focus on the light, the frame and the movements of the model. I constantly refer to a pre-made sheet of elements that I know I may forget to add or remove while shooting.
6. Share with us the most unexpected thing that has happened while on set, good or bad?
I think it would be this project itself. We were shooting by the sea which was pretty wild, sucking in most of our things with the rising tides. I think at a point I thought I lost my model and the stool under the crazy waves!! haha Thankfully his head popped up pretty soon ..that too alive!
7. Favorite quote or quotes you live by? And how do u apply them to your work? What is your personal mantra?
I was fortunate to attend a lecture by Paolo Roversi in school. I still remember he talked about opening up to your subject. "It's a give and take and there is none, unless the photographer opens up, becomes vulnerable in front of the subject" This stuck by me and I still try to use this method with some of my subjects. It's almost like my subject won't show his wounds unless I show mine. My mantra is "click like you fart" haha ..when no one knows, not even the subject.
8. Is there anyone experience(s) in particular that you feel has made the biggest impact on your career?
Moving to Paris, definitely!
9. What do you believe is a common mistake within the industry? And what can others do to avoid being a cliché?
I don't think people realize there is a difference between taking good photos and running a business of taking good photos. That's a common mistake. I'd say, instead of trying to fit in, be patient and try to stay true to your style and instincts.
10. Favorite adult beverage? Why…and when did u first have one?
Dark Guinness. Don't care about the girl drinking etiquette.. I simply love it!