Last weekend was the Hyderabad chapter of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour of India 2012. Billboards featuring an exquisite black and white photograph of Priyanka Chopra had been scattered around the city for a good few weeks, promoting the event which was held at N Convention. As soon as I got my first glimpse of the posters, I had pretty much made up my mind to photograph the event and thus, to gain a press pass by whatever means possible. Fortunately, a good friend of mine managed to help me out and arranged for a press pass for Day One of the event.
Photographing a fashion show initially seemed like fun but it rapidly grew monotonous once the challenge element disappeared. Great lighting, hot models, brilliant wardrobes and near perfect styling – it didn’t take a rocket scientist to get good photographs in this situation as long as you were equipped with a decent camera and lens. Looking around at the press booth around me, I soon realized that my photographs would probably end up looking virtually the same as the others. After a brief period of contemplation, I started looking for interesting patterns, colour harmonies and opportunities for different compositions that I could capture from my seat in the press box. The unique layout of the ramp with the models walking from all directions allowed me to experiment creatively and produce a few intriguing compositions. I present my results below.
Designs by Gavin Miguel, Raghavendra Rathore, Shantanu & Nikhil, and Vikram Phadnis. For the curious, I used a Canon 5D Mark III with a 85mm f/1.2 for all the photographs. The two star models who have their own vertical photographs are Shazahn Padamsee and Rahul Khanna.
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