While filmmaking is his true métier, Ishaan Nair is currently making a mark in the world of fashion through his flair for photography
How did you discover your passion for photography?
IN: I discovered my love for photography on a family vacation to Italy when I was 12. My mother had 36 images on her roll of film and I was allowed half the number for my abstractions; the rest were for touristy family pictures. And at 12 I realized it was a career in the arts for me! I pursued a BFA at School of Visual Arts New York, majoring Direction and Cinematography. Photography was a happy accident and a byproduct of my training in cinema. New York’s diversity and its being a cultural hub and melting pot for arts and immigrants is something that I imbibed in my sense of esthetics.
Tell us about your journey into fashion photography.
IN: Photography started as a means to an end. I was trying to support myself in Mumbai and I owned a semi professional SLR. I began shooting head shots for struggling actors and portraits of families to pay the bills. A close friend introduced me to Kalki Koechlin, and our shoot together got picked up for Filmfare magazine; this slowly gave birth to a career in celebrity and fashion photography. I realized that I really enjoyed it and had a knack for the medium.
Do you enjoy working with celebrities?
IN: Celebrities can be wonderful and also some of the most beautiful monsters you’ve ever encountered. Bollywood shoots mean endless hours of waiting and just about three hours to capture the entire shoot. However, it’s usually quite rewarding when you look at the final images - they all are ace at their job. I love working with Sonam Kapoor and Kalki as they always keep me trigger-happy.
What type of work do you do?
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
The perfect balance
Aniruddh Mehta is as much graphic designer as visual artist, and he tries to do justice to both through his work at Studio Bigfat
The Nature of Light
Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth of Klove Studio combine the delicacy of hand blown glass with the sturdiness of metals to create a breathtaking range of lighting options.
The Creative curve
As partners at GCD Studios, graphic designers Shahana Jain and Devshree Sahai contribute enthusiastically to the ‘creation of ideas without boundaries’.
All ABOUT SCALE
A well known industrialist, Dr. Naushad Forbes is Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall, India's leading steam engineering and control instrumentation company. He is on the Board of several educational institutions and public companies and was recently listed in the Indian Express list of the 100 most influential Indians. His is also a familiar name in Indian design circles. As former Chairman Governing Council National Institute of Design (NID), and Chairman India Design Council (IDC), Dr. Forbes has been able to work at bridging the still large gap between industry and design in the country.
NO NEED TO HIDE
By encouraging traditional leather artisans to explore recycled rubber and other material, Sudheer Rajbhar is giving them the opportunity to keep their skills alive
A NATURAL INSTINCT
Nibha Sikander’s 3D figures of birds and insects are intended to draw attention to the wonders of nature. She tells Sonalee Tomar of ‘The Indian Curator’ how she was drawn to the art of paper-cutting.
A moving experience
Amrish Patel and Darshan Soni came together to share a common vision that has since come alive through striking explorations of kinetic art
The Richness Of Handmade
Amit Vijaya and Richard Pandav are committed to bringing together many hands and hearts through their clothing label ‘amrich’
Bringing Ideas To Life
Creative Director at her eponymous design studio, Sharon Nayak picked up the camera to bridge the gap between her creative vision and its photographic execution
The Striking Right Note
Johnny Ganta might have made a career in music if he hadn’t chosen to work at being a master visual storyteller instead
THE ITALIAN JOB
After 107 years, Di Pasquale’s finds a new home in Brewers Hill.
AirVPN: Excellent service that power users will love
An excellent service with a known history, a solid network, and very good speeds.
A SMALL PEARL ON LAKE COMO | MONTE SAN PRIMO
In 2019 I was working on an art project in Bellagio, Italy. This small pearl on Lake Como is dominated by a mountain called Monte San Primo.
Let's Get Physical
Having long marveled at the technology of the high-end workout equipment on the high seas, Porthole goes all in on putting together a home fitness center.
Lost In Translation
Hey Siri, why don’t digital assistants understand people who don’t sound like white Americans?
FREAKED-OUT CRUISE TAKES CONTROL!
Gets COVID-proof movie set after wild virus rant
SAVING LITTLE ITALY
THE ICONIC ETHNIC NEIGHBORHOOD HAS OUTLASTED ALL OF BALTIMORE’S OLD-WORLD ENCLAVES. NOW IT FACES ITS GREATEST CHALLENGE IN MORE THAN A CENTURY.
The lesser-known northeastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia boasts unspoiled vistas and sail-friendly waters
During a pandemic, flexibility is key
The wheelhouse was scattered with guidebooks extolling the virtues and sites to behold in and around the Baltic — fjords in Sweden and Norway, Danish in Denmark, history-laden Poland, and enough lager to sink a barge in Germany.
POETIC LANDSCAPES:DITA JACOBOVITZ
Most of my landscape paintings are from my Residential area and from north Italy. I use various techniques, but mostly Oil on canvas. I decided several years ago that I will not try to reach the reality; I am trying to put the colors and shapes as I view them; sometimes, the place is the exactly the same spot, but the artworks are so different." - Dita Jacobovitz