Ace lensman Vinod Krishnan believes photographers are “visual storytellers” who capture the drama of life. He says, “The world is full of exciting stories waiting to be told. The camera is only a medium. Whether it is an an exotic dish cooked by an ace chef, a happy child running carefree, a woman expressing her many moods or a sleepy city waking up on a holiday… every photograph of mine tells a unique story.”
The photographer says he is inspired and has been mentored by masters like Ian Periera, Farookh Chothia and Tarun Vishwa. Ask him to share one of his memorable experiences in the profession and he recalls, “My favourite moment was when Sri Sathya Sai Baba agreed to be photographed by me.”
For amateur photographers, his advice is: Photography as a profession is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Just keep shooting. The camera is merely equipment. The magic lies in one’s imagination.”
Sonali Bendre was Govinda’s co-star at the shoot in Udaipur and she graciously agreed to an impromptu photo-shoot. She is one of the most gorgeous heroines of Bollywood and I still remember that she waited patiently for the soft light of dusk to set in, so that we could capture the right mood. Ashley Rebello’s outfit, the ancient fort, the setting sun and sensuous Sonali make this picture one of my favourites.
Atul Kulkarni has an amazing honesty, simplicity and humility about him. I wanted to capture that aspect without any frills. His house was a reflection of his personality and was an apt location for the shoot. This picture captures him in one of his candid moments and was shot with just one key light and some fillers. The twirl of the moustache is symbolic of his proud Maharashtrian roots.
‘Capturing the soul’
When I was a mere beginner in the industry, Chi Chi ensured that I was on a flight to Udaipur with him and gave me ample time to shoot a few pictures on location. He loved most of the photographs and got some of them enlarged for his personal collection. He also introduced me to some leading publications. India’s ultimate entertainer’s advice still rings fresh ‘A good picture becomes great when it has soul in it’.
‘Done in 60 minutes’
Vir Das is humour personified. For this picture, I wanted to capture his mischievous side. He was keen on experimenting, and posed like a veteran. We got three great shots in sixty minutes at a live music joint in Mumbai. This picture also made it to the cover of a popular magazine.
‘Magic of contrasts’
Styled by Piyush Soni, this fashion picture was shot in a rubber factory in one of the far-flung suburbs of Mumbai. The juxtaposition of a glamorous model (Aleksandra Pavik) in an industrial setting creates a perfect contrast. I could manage only three shots that day but it was worth all the preparation and effort.