"Capturing the land of orange blossoms and avant-garde technology can be very fulfilling,” says filmmaker Vasant Nath, describing Japan. The country became Nath’s muse when he spent the summer of 2007 there and ended up creating a storyboard with the pictures he clicked.
Four years later, the collection of signed pictures is being exhibited. Titled Tokyo…Umbrella, Light and Concrete, Nath’s works have been mostly shot in the early mornings or late nights. “The idea was to capture the city in its brilliance and while I was in Tokyo, I realised how vibrant and alive it was. Whether for a leisurely walk in the rain or to the shopping street, Tokyo is always abuzz with movement. What makes it beautiful at night is the rush of lights that set the night sky ablaze. I wanted to capture all that on film,” explains Nath. He used a large aperture while shooting, to get the shaky haze which depicts fast movement
Nath has previously worked with Deepa Mehta on Water and has also assisted Bharatbala in the making of his Vande Mataram music video with AR Rahman. In recent years, Nath has made two short films, Shanu Taxi and Sukrit’s Sundays. His first screenplay of Sebastian Wants to Remember, was short listed as one of the top 10 finalists at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles’ Film Fund. For the filmmaker, photography is a welcome break during his long spells of writing.
“Like a true visual junkie, I carry a camera wherever I go. You never know what might catch my fancy,” describes Nath.
Catch Tokyo…Umbrella, Light and Concrete at Zenzi, Bandra from today onwards.