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‘Indian models are exotic’

Acclaimed Slovak photographer Martin Machaj says he couldn’t resist the temptation of the Elite calendar shoot since it was happening in Rajasthan.

fashion and trends Updated: Dec 08, 2009 20:10 IST
Shweta Jain

He has shot calendars for brands like Fiorangelo, Ferrari and Cavalli, but internationally acclaimed Slovak photographer Martin Machaj says he couldn’t resist the temptation of the

Elite

calendar shoot since it was happening in Rajasthan. Machaj explains

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his fascination for the desert state.



What did you like about India?


India is the country of contrasts. But it’s so huge that I couldn’t go sight-seeing during this short trip. So I am planning to come back for a month or so in February-March for a couple of shoots and then I’ll see more of it.



Where did you go for location hunting for this assignment?


We explored this beautiful place called Mandawa in Rajasthan. We wanted an exotic location and it was just that. We also covered Agra, Jaipur and Ranthambore.



Tell us something about the shoot.


I shot with 18 girls in five days flat. It was exhausting but fun. The models here are exotic and thorough professionals. And they have such deep expressions in their eyes.



You have done many nude shoots in Europe, will you do such an assignment in India?

I think India is conservative. So it may not be possible here.