Underwater Test Shoot
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Out of all the mediums I wish to explore through FUSS, water seems to be a reoccurring one. After being majorly unsuccessful at an underwater shoot with a photographer some four odd years ago, I somehow became weary of the setting. You might relate to how one might feel after diving endlessly into the water and barely coming up for breathe, four hours straight and achieving nothing. Nada. Not a single frame. I began to doubt myself and my skills as an underwater model, something I had a tough time understanding as I have been swimming since I was two. Fast forward to a couple of months ago when Rema asked me if I wanted to give this a shot with her behind the lens. It was easy to say yes, as Rema and I have had all of these adventures when it comes to making pictures, from completely winging it on the crowded streets of Mumbai to travelling across cities to massive waterfalls. Yet, on the day of the shoot, I still held the failure of the first one in my heart, trying with all my might to not let the past experience dictate the present.
We started shooting and I felt just as comfortable as ever. I could pose multiple times before shooting out of the water to gasp for air, I could move, dance, keep my eyes open. I cannot explain the thrill I felt in my mind for conquering this. I could model underwater all day! Redemption. That is when I realised that it wasn’t me, but the then photographer who lacked technical skills in making that shoot a success. This realisation opened up an elephantine locked up box of gargantuan underwater shoot ideas. I can’t wait to execute them all.
Modelling as well as photographing underwater are rather challenging. Especially when one hasn’t specialised in this setting and lacks equipment. All my praise to Rema for pulling this one off. A model is only as good as a photographer and a photographer is only as good as the model. Every successful photograph is that due to the people involved in the shoot. At times several and when it comes to FUSS, usually, only two.