Shooting on film in our hotel room just before the flight out
Lucky for me, on one 6:00 am morning, I got the chance to sneak in an impromptu shoot in our twin-shared hotel room with Anai in Hyderabad. We had been shooting for fourteen hours straight on a commercial project the previous day, but being the way we are, it barely deterred our spirit to wake up extra early for a quick story before we dashed out to the airport.
It was my first time posing in front of a film camera. Something I had always wanted to do, but never got the opportunity to try. I guess nine years of being in front of digital cameras came down to this one moment of truth. To be able to achieve the perfect images in limited frames. We had, precisely, fifteen.
I think instances like this make one realise the value of time and resources. Limited frames versus endless clicks, expensive procedures versus sticking a memory card into your laptop. Makes we wonder, are we better off, or are we losing the essence of what a discipline is about? Without the privilege of editing, or correcting a pose or expression, or cropping a frame, I thought of everything differently. I would never slack off in front of the camera during any shoot, but this process which lasted only a few minutes, seemed more intimate, connected and memorable than an endless burst of the trigger.