PHEW! Im still catching up with my breath from the Fashion Week and finishing up my pending shoots I had lined up before Mumbai… t’was crazy! BRILLIANT designers, gorgeous boys and girls, tonnes of faces i haven’t seen in a while. Crazy! I’m so pleasantly surprised to see how many small designers are fighting their way up, much to my surprise—a lot of them I’ve shot little projects for last year, and surprised to see from where to where they have got. Kudos to you guys!
This was the first time I went backstage specifically to take pictures, quite an adventure. Have you ever been back stage? Models screeching - three strands of their hair is out of place, the boys running around trying to find the designer cause something didn’t fit on just right, someone’s sari falling off, almost everybody with phones to their ears, some laid back and enjoying the make up, some annoying the stylists (who are usually the most fun in the backstage area), the backstage coordinators beating drums and making sure everyone is hurrying up, the choreographers making last minute announcements on arrangements, models pretending to be all prim and proper when they see the camera walk in, oh and should I tell you how much fun it is walking into green rooms :D—
The boys changing room is depressing for me, you have these hunks with tight abs and lean muscular bodies (makes me feel oh so fat!!!!) and the girls changing room is always the most crowded and alive, cause for ever model…. there are 3 assistants hovering around them making everything perfect. And when the models come back from the first run, Oh My God, the chaos is fascinating, the poor assistants get yelled at so bad (the models apologize later ), everyone’s screaming (I’m surprised u don’t hear it outside) after all, they have at most about 40 seconds to strip and get into the next set of clothes and get to the stage. Its just fascinating to see their expressions change… calm and composed while on the ramp, and then the minute they get off the ramp and are backstage— UUUH LA LA!! Satanic witch faces some of them have. LOL. All said and done, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, and these guys are really so much fun to hang around with.
There were some great clothing on the ramp, some chic, some stylish-party wear, some alternative and some just sexy! Here, you only see clothing from just 2 designers on Friday evening.
The after parties were quite cool too. I got to meet a lot of people I haven’t seen around in a while (yea in case u don’t already know, the Bangalore nightlife has gone to the doggies with the 11:30pm shutdown rule, so I don’t party in this town anymore) and also got a chance to meet and greet a lot of those talented designers, a lot of whom I think… don’t get enough of the limelight. What is awesome is to find out… what inspires them, what makes their designs unique. Oh and before I forget to mention… let it be recorded that mister Vikam A pushes me (along with his girlfriend) into the darn pool AND I will have my revenge!! :D
And then on Monday, you must’ve heard… I was kidnapped! LOL!!But I didn’t mind. I was shooting some yummy stuff, I’ll just leave you with one image, lets see if the pictures speaks a thousand words….......... it sure makes me Umph!
And on Tuesday/Wednesday, I had to shoot this huge factory, its been pending forever and so i couldnt say no anymore… and the funniest thing has got to be me almost falling off a forklift which I was on, 10 feet above! (many thanks Lena for the picture!)
But you know the strangest thing…........ through these days of drama, all I was thinking of, was GDC GDC GDC GDC!! And every now and then when I met someone I knew they would go “Hey congrats on the race” and “So when does the action begin?” and the compliments and questions were countless. Throughout I’ve been thinking of how much fun these 10 days may possibly be if we make it through, the crazy adventure that has been thrown into our laps (well, kinda!), the thrill of driving everyday, the raastas, the potholes (read: craters), the possibilities of puncture in the middle of no where (READ: GDC please keep backup ready, Zinaida’s driving. LOL), the random traffic block because of some jacka$$ who decided to cut lanes, the ganna wallas and the coconut wallas which i will stop for everytime I see them, the pictures I would be able to take of those roads less treaded on, how different an experience the cities are gonna be cause a lot of them will be hit and run, and if I was there already then… how different it would look, now that I see it through the eyes of a photographer, what foods we will find on the way (hopefully, Lucy will stay in the sky with her diamonds!!) and the torrent of thoughts never seem to cease in my mind, and ideas for photos and video are coming on like a barrage!!!
But now I guess my thoughts have to shift more to the auditions, I cant wait! Some of the other contestants seem really cool too and I cant wait to get it on with the bunch. I ran through 2 blogs when I had time yesterday and saw some reaaally wicked wildlife photography! I haven’t done much of that, my favourite aminals to shoot are these rodents:
Before I forget to mention—the auditions are gonna be streamed live on Youtube, and I cant wait! I LOVE being on camera :D We are being put up at this really gorgeous resort in Mumbai (Thank you GDC) and i already know what my plans are—soak up the pool!! I’m so stressed with work right now (only now cause I have to hurry everything up) and can sure use some downtime.
I’m finally gonna have a lot more time at the computer, so you guys stay tuned for a lot more updates!