Photographer Nilesh Acharekar says it was his father’s encouragement and the artistic environment provided by his family that prompted him to graduate from JJ Institute of Applied Arts.
What followed was an apprenticeship with some photographers, including Jatin Kampani, that helped enrich his experience before he dove into solo work.He says, "I am interested in unravelling lifestyle, emotions and feelings of people when I shoot. It gives me pleasure to capture a person’s true individuality through my pictures."
He adds that for him photography is a way to express art and explore creativity through stills. The lensmen rues that in the world of digital cameras, he misses his manual Pantex K 1000 camera, which produced the best pictures.
His advice to amateurs, it is important to work on your communication with your subjects people you shoot. Technical know-how is important but if your communication isn’t correct, the results won’t be good.
Brings out her personality
In this shoot, I did not use flashlights. Instead, I chose to go with HMI light because it gives strong flow of light, which brings out Zoya’s real character the director. As it was a strong light, which is pretty hot to stand under, Zoya preferred to sit for this shot. As a director, she understands lights. I like this picture because it captures Zoya in her favourite space her set.
I shot this picture at KK’s home. It was taken in the room near his terrace, which has a beautiful garden. He prefers to relax here in the midst of nature. He loves greenery. The simplicity of his real life has penetrated in the picture as well.
The man is so down-to-earth that in between shots, he would arrange food for the crew and make sure no one remained hungry.
She is a down-to-earth person
In this picture, we used a frame to focus on actor-model Urvashi prominently. She is extremely glamourous and fashion conscious. For this shot, she was particular about doing her hair and make–up herself. In fact, she designed this look. Urvashi is a very down-to-earth person.
She is reserved
Deepti is one of my all-time favourite actors. Shooting with her is more like making a painting. This portrait was shot at her home. The picture is typically her simple and yet so striking. She is very reserved personally, but in front of the camera, she is very expressive.
His eyes do all the talking
This is one of my favourite shots. After shooting with Milind for an advertising campaign, I sought his permission to do a personal portrait outside the studio. He agreed instantly. He is the most handsome man. We have not had a supermodel like him even today. Look at his eyes, they do all the talking.