“Light, light, light! Being at the right place at the right spot at the right time and with the right photo gear,” – is what takes to make one brilliant shot.
Over the last 30 years, his assignments have taken Shailan across India to cover various genres – from working on the Nehru Exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Swaraj Bhavan Museum, Allahabad to advertising, fashion, food, industrial and architectural photography, editorial, publishing and social communication. His clients include corporates, advertising agencies, institutions, NGOs, designers, artists, galleries and publications. He had also worked on several books like Tandoor–The Great Indian Barbecue, Hyderabadi Cuisine, Pottery and the Legacy of Sardar Gurcharan Singh, Handicrafts of India, and Celebrating 150 Years of Income Tax in India.
Shailan feels that “Images are visualized in the mental space. What you do with a camera is an attempt to execute the image. A well executed image in turn sharpens one’s power to visualize. This constant process leads to the making of a successful photograph/er.”
He envisions himself in the future:
“I see a person with multiple facets, not just somebody who can deliver a pretty picture but one who has an in-depth understanding of the subject he is photographing. One who has a great connect with his audience and hence communicates the core idea succinctly.”
*The images, being a part of, ‘Kavadasa’, are not named so that the viewers’ interpretation of the photograph is not opinionated by the name.
Read this story in POOL 76.