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Frames to outlive me

Pravin Talan believes in longevity of photos, and not sticking to one genre.

art and culture Updated: May 24, 2011 14:50 IST
Priyanka Jain

He’s known for fashion photography, but Pravin Talan enjoys shooting social campaigns and wild life too. He’s shot everything from presidential campaigns, coffee table books and calendars, to supermodels and street kids. “Every place and face has its own unique story. When I shoot people, it’s as if I’m looking into their souls,” explains Talan, adding, “The bond is inexplicable and the expedition, exciting.” After changing a couple of professions, Talan returned to his childhood passion of photography, after he realised that though he was doing well, he was restless. “After spending two weeks in the wild, I changed the way I looked at the world. I haven’t looked back since,” he says.

‘I captured the shy girl in her’ If I were to define freshness in one word, I would unhesitatingly say it is Genelia. I wanted to capture the shy girl in her. Most people think looking into the camera is an art; but looking away is a bigger art. I told her to hold the white winged horse candle in a delicate manner and look as gentle as possible.

‘Remarkable body language’ Jacqueline Fernandes is one of those very few Bollywood actresses who could be a great model in any part of the world. Her remarkable body language and stunning features make for fabulous images. She is equally at ease with natural and beauty shots. We accentuated her eyes with a golden liner and matched the lip colour to some leaves we found outside the studio.

‘Complete charmer’ I was in Cape Town shooting a jewellery campaign, and my associate had talked so much about Dirk De Villiers - the legendary filmmaker, that I couldn’t resist the chance to shoot him when I was asked to. He is a complete charmer. When he asked me what look I wanted, I said I just wanted to know what life is all about. He was still thinking of his reply when I shot these expressions.

‘She looked down, and I got my shot’ I have never had as much fun on fashion shoots as I did in Goa during this one. Model, Rachel looked gorgeous in the backless black gown. While she was walking towards the black granite wall, I screamed, “Something on the heel, remove it.” Startled, she looked down, holding the gown, and I got my shot. The pink standing out in the black-and-white image, the hint of reflection in the glass, and the natural flow in her curves, makes this one of my recent favourites.

‘Ali’s boyish charm makes a good picture’ I first worked with Ali Zafar four years back on a campaign that was shot on a moving train. Standing on top of the train's roof, he was supposed to jump in the air. I was tied to the roof, half-hanging and holding the camera. We got it right in the first shot and formed a bond that has lasted since. Naturally, there was not much discussion when we shot pictures for his album, Jhoom. The idea was simple - look straight into the camera with the guitar right there. His boyish charm and perfect features combined with good composition make a photographer's work easy.