Famished after a six am call time and digging into our scrambled egg whites, after having successfully finished a shoot together, was when Anai told me of a concept which had been playing in her mind. Between partially stuffing my face, satisfying my rumbling stomach and hearing her speak, I still remember a little flip of excitement my heart felt when I first heard of The Sea Tamer. It was about a woman residing by the sea, who, much like an orchestra conductor guides and directs the waves to perform for her. Like any other perpetual day-dreamer and lover of all things fantastical, my mind immediately constructed ‘her’ and her demeanour. She who dwells within the ocean, at home with the rocks, the dragonflies, the moon at dawn, the swell and the surge. Most at home amongst a vast expanse of blue, salty-eyed, strong, a mythical soul seen by a few. A rarer sight than the the silver scaled mermaids who sing to her tune. With a flick she makes the the waves rise to her melody and makes them fall just as gracefully. Always in control yet forgiving. A gentle spirit with the strength of a tornado within.
I didn’t realise how much my mind had wandered and how many months had passed before the story would turn into reality. Several months later, we began shooting when a full moon was still glistening in the morning sky, swathed in unique concoctions by two of India’s premium risk-taking and art-making designers to make this creature come to life. Personally, for me, a living daydream.