Posts Tagged ‘people’

Nice shirt

June 13, 2015

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Man at a shop in a small Indian town.

Asansol, West Bengal. July 2011.

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big turban sadhu man

March 12, 2015

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Sadhu in all black and big turban. Biggest I’ve ever seen.

October 2014, Pushkar.

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Women + working class | India Fashion Week

July 3, 2013

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I’ve tried to put together the urban Indian crowd that attends fashion weeks(look at Bombay here). It’s a small filtered out crowd.

I’m sometimes asked about the trends I see in India. I can’t point at one thing and say this is happening. Can anybody? India is too vast and diverse. It looks like a lot is happening simultaneously within a small crowd. Colour blocking. Traditional/vintage mixed with new. Prints mixed with colours. Tailored. Structured. Asymmetry. Lot of customization and personalization.

You see a lot of people endorsing the designers they like. Borrowed for the day, gifted, or bought. (Lesly Lobeni in Varun Sardana. Karuna Laungani in Rahul Mishra. Sabina Halder in Abdul Halder. Ridhima Sud in Pia Pauro. Ruhi Sheikh in Bodice).

Designers wearing the clothes they make. (Arya John, Ruchika SachdevaHiroko Takahashi.) There is Sarojini stuff combined with online stores. Old hand-me-downs(Carol Humtsoe). Vintage(Monica) Head to toe luxury(Pooja Khurana in Dior+Karen Miller). Models are usually in loose casual clothes and flat shoes. (A bit of generalization.)

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Another thing you can’t help notice is the working class people at fashion weeks. You see them around on all days but start finding them in abundance on the last day as they start dismantling stages and stalls. It’s interesting to see how they mix with the fashion crowd. They move in lines. Mostly looking down. In & out of the same areas as everyone else – the smoking area, by the party lounges, the designers’ stalls, backstage. Through loud music, drunk happy people, media spotlight, celebrities. They don’t talk at all. Even when they are together they don’t seem to be talking much. Like they were told not to.

However, I didn’t photograph them just to show the contrast between the classes. Guess everybody knows it exists pretty much everywhere in India. I like their aesthetics.

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All photos from 2011-2012 WIFW in Delhi.

People. In stuff. And space.

March 9, 2012

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Nina Manuel in Pia Pauro. Styled by Gary Wallang.

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Kavita Kharayat in Siddartha Tytler.

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Tamara moss in Soumitra Mondal Summer 12. More photos from her show to follow.

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Aki Narula in a self-made collar.

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Santu Misra in Mickey ears.

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Mathieu Gugumus in Bungalow 8 scarf.

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Nikhil D in Shivan & Narresh.

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Vinod Nair in an M&S jacket.

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Nidhi Jacob in Eina Ahluwalia necklace.

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Pasham Alwani in hiding.

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Jahnavi Tampi in her Mother’s jacket from Lagos.

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Pig stuck in a Lego heart.

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Ruchika Sachdeva in Bodice.

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Sheena in Blur necklace.

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Suhani Pittie in Suhani Pittie necklace.

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Bhavna Sharma in Anand Kabra top and Prashant Verma pants.

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Everybody. In the front row.

All photographs from Lakme Fashion Week Summer ’12 & August ’11.

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Cigarettes in a tin box.


David Bowie in a tin can. 

Yohji’s Man

November 3, 2011

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“People think I’m mad…you know..little off..but I’m not. I’m just old. I don’t disturb anyone. Tired. But not mad. I’m easily ignored. If I stand too long in front of a shop, I’m asked to leave -shooed away like a stray cow. Road is home. There are plenty of places to sleep-next to a shop, or under a tree, or just on the sidewalk. I grew up in this city but can’t remember the exact area. It’s been too many years. Sometimes people give me food. Sometimes I go to the vegetable market or sit outside hotels and get leftovers. Food does not worry me..I can find it anywhere.”

Where is your family?
There is no one. Don’t know where everybody went…

What things do you usually think about?
Everything. This place. I come here everyday. It was empty 10 years ago. It is still empty…

What are you going to do next?
I’ll rest here.

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Photographed in Burnpur, West Bengal.

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“I exist here, now. I’m not much interested in the future. Or, more precisely put, I do not believe in the future. To exaggerate a little, I have no faith that I will still exist tomorrow or the day after. What is more, I absolutely detest retrospection. That dislike is balanced only by my desire to make my way back home as quickly as possible.”
-Yohji Yamamoto