Came across some personal experimentation done for the Lakme Fashion Week a few years ago..
A personal Image created for the " Elle Breast Cancer Fund Raiser" event.
This was another experiment back in J.J’s. I remember the CST Subway was just constructed and I was very excited about getting to shoot something there.
I soon found out it wasnt as easy as I thought.
I landed there with few rolls of film and just started to fire away and some police landed there asking me if I had the permissions etc.. and this was at 6:00am
Police can be efficient at times. So off I went back to college and returned the next day with the permissions in hand obtained from various authorities like the college itself and the BMC etc..
So I was able to do this and it was a lot of fun and exciting cuz I got to use some new equipment like a off camera strobe and push processed film some 2-3 stops.. and yes.. motor drive !! another new addition to my humble kit.
Motor drive image below…
I just came across this.. one of my all time favorite image.
There’s just something about shooting film that is magical. The tones, the grains, or the whole process. Anyone who’s shot film knows what I am talking about.
This particular image was created when I was in art school. A friend of mine had a guest over from Israel and we just shot her with this antique GE fan from Africa.
Shot this on Tmax 100, RDP and 64T. I remember 64T was all the rage back then. Exposing 64T in daylight would give a nice blue cast to the images.
Another trick I remember from back in art school is when we were printing on BW paper, instead of using a toner, we would just wash it with soap. Yes.. Soap. it would give a nice tone which wasn’t too strong but was still visible and pleasing.
Well, now almost everything can be done in Photoshop. Everything but the magic.
Family Health International FHI
has been implementing Aastha
in partnership with 18 grassroot NGOs. The aim of the project is to reduce the spread of HIV / STIs amongst sex workers and their regular partners in the Mumbai and Thane districts of Maharashtra State, India.From 2004-2009, nearly 68,000 male, female and transgender sex workers have been reached with Strategic Behavior Communication sessions and condoms. STI syndrome prevalence in the clinic attendees reduced from 90% to 7%.
project experiences have been incorporated in the National Guidelines for Targeted Interventions for core high risk groups. The project has also been designated as a learning site for the National AIDS control organization and FHI Global.
Below are some images that we captured at Turbhe, one of the major sites where Aastha and FHI have been key in deployment of medical assistance as well as awareness.