Mumbai’s local taxis are iconic. Sometime in early 2015 during one of the many taxi rides I hit upon the idea of a small photo project. I spent the next few months capturing the super colourful interior roofs of the taxis. This is a collection of some of the shots.
Full Album (14 Photos) on Flickr
In June 2014, I accompanied Neel (@EnjayKayb) for a photo walk around the Gateway of India & Fountain areas of Mumbai city. The photo set remained unprocessed for a long time. Here are a few from the morning walk. See full collection on flickr.
A few months ago Sandeep Singh, my ex-boss at Quasar Media who now heads Freecultr called me to introduce and induct me into the BETA version of Freecultr Express. This is an online initiative by the fashion brand to let artists / photographers & the creative lot have their designs printed on a t-shirt, which are available for consumers to buy online or at the brands’ stores. The earnings per t-shirt are shared with the design owner.
It was an experiment & over a weekend I handpicked some of the photos which I think would look good on my online showcase.You can browse my design store here.
Over the last few months, the project has done well for the brand and also become the centre point for the brand as can be seen from their new website design. I am sure the artists too have benefited from the project. Besides earning some pocket money for myself I am happy that my photography has found a new platform to be displayed & appreciated.
The Woohoo! Moment was last week when Sandeep shared this screenshot from Jabong.Com One of my design t-shirts was featured on this online fashion store.
Express Freecultr at Jabong.Com
This has been a great boost and I am hoping to select a few more of my photos which can make for some fabulous t-shirt designs. If you’ve got some pieces of creative work, do send in your work to the team at Freecultr.
Over the years every photographer tends to develop a style and a preference. Could be nature, black & whites, wildlife and so on. I don’t think I have shot enough to develop a style but if there is something I really like shooting, it is portraits.
Here are some of my favourites.
This was shot in Chor Bazaar. When I posed my camera, the man got conscious about digging his teeth and sat up straight. I had to request him to get back to his relaxed pose.
At Chor Bazaar again, when I tried to shoot this man he turned looked at me and gave a rather nasty look but soon looked away.
That’s my friend Ashish at Holi celebrations. It was one of those random attacks where you single out a friend and everyone attacks him/her.
My love, shot during our holiday in Maldives
Naughty cousin who wouldn’t sit steady for a shot and so this came out blurred. But when I did a B&W transfer, I seemed to like the effect.
Great advances in technology has made digital photography cheaper and affordable for many. Memory cards come cheap and we just click click and more click. And thanks to the digital format we no longer visit the photo shop to bring back prints and share it with family and friends. My dad hates this bit – he likes to see photos printed because then you see the best and selected few. But I never managed to get many of my digital photos printed – call me lazy.
As a year end special photo printing service Zoomin had a great “Deal of the Day”. I took advantage of the offer and got some shots printed to evaluate the quality and service offered by them. First set of prints came in a bit delayed thanks to the mega response they had to the special offers, but I am pretty happy with the results.
I could have done better on the high ISO shots – but then sometimes all that noise in the photo gives it a great effect. Hopefully I should be getting some more prints for the long pending coffee table photo book I have been planing.
So if you’re looking for a good online photo printing service, do check out Zoomin.
- Online photo uploads means you can do them at your convenient time [they also have a import from flickr option]
- Shipping charges for most of the smaller sizes is per order and not per print.
- They also have a metallic print option besides the regular Glossy and Matt.
- If you have the imint card – you can earn & burn points.
- You can even have the photos shipped to another address besides yours. Surprise the family and friends.
I downloaded a nice template from Moo Two Designs by Gail P. And I used it as a frame to send out special photos to all my friends who came for the party. Here is a snap of me and Nitika. Seasons greetings to all of you.