Ronny Sequeira started taking photography seriously after he won a few local competitions in Jamshedpur. Post that, he did a basic course in photography before doing a diploma in film studies from Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai. He also assisted Atul Kasbekar around that time. “Even today, I have same desire for photography that I had when I was a kid and would use my dad’s reflex camera to shoot my pet,” he says, adding, “And the desire will remain because when your profession is one of your hobbies, there can’t be a dull day.” What advice would he give to young photographers? “The best way to start out is by assisting someone. Shoot a lot; that’s the only way to learn and study,” he says.‘Before post’
The idea was to place Sachin in a partly constructed building site for this ad for a Pune-based builder. We were supposed to project an image of a fully constructed building onto this scene after the shot was taken. We attempted doing it using the old-school means of projecting the image from a projector onto the set. But it was too time consuming and obviously we didn’t have that freedom with Sachin. So the final work was done in Photoshop, which obviously was more controlled and manageable, but close to what we were looking at. This is what the image looked like without the post work.
‘Liza was a bit apprehensive’
We did a series of black and white images with Liza for a magazine. Initially she was a bit apprehensive about the whole shoot itself, but once we got through the first shot she began enjoying it. We ended up getting some really nice images.
‘He was singing while I shot’
Lou Majaw is also known as the Bob Dylan of the east. What impressed us about this 64-year-old singer, when he entered the studio, was his attitude and boundless energy. When I asked him if he wanted to do some personal pictures, he was more than game. We used baby light in the background to give a feeling of him in a concert. He actually was singing some of his songs while I shot.
‘He was skeptical’
This image was captured during a shoot for the Save the Tiger campaign. We hardly had 10 minutes, but in the last few shots I requested him to give us a tiger roar. Initially he was a bit skeptical, but he finally came up with a few full-throated roars and this is one of them.
‘Dhoni is tough’
This is from one of the recent campaigns for a watch company. The brief was to show how tough and durable (like Dhoni) this particular line was, so we decided to give MS a boxer look with bruises, sweaty skin and bandaged hands. We used a slightly wider lens to convey a certain closeness of the subject to the viewer.