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2006 #40and10in2020 – Naina.co


2006, Self-Portrait on a FujiFilm Analog digital camera. Barefoot Resort, Havelock, Andaman Islands.

To me, it’s unimaginable to see how far I’ve come since I shot this {photograph}.

Bombay to Bangalore by aircraft / bus ( I don’t recall ). Bangalore to Pondicherry by highway. Again to Bangalore by highway. Bangalore to Havelock ( mixture of flight and boat and highway ). With two pals. These pants I’m sporting? I purchased them in Bangalore and I nonetheless put on them in 2020. The slippers? Bata rip-offs of Birkenstock. I used to be into the ganjis just like the black one I’m sporting. I nonetheless have them in a mess of colours.

The scars on my legs are from some bizarre bacterial / fungal an infection that triggered pus-filled cysts from my ankles upto my groin. They usually had been motherfucking painful. They appeared out of the blue, regularly disappeared over the course of some years.

A day after this picture, I crashed my motorcyle into the facet of a highway whereas using it on Havelock. I vividly recall my panicked long-winded laughter after my pal picked me out of the dust ditch. I had torn my shirt however I used to be superb in any other case. The bike’s clutch broke. It was a Yamaha RX-100. We had purple snapper for dinner that evening.

I feel my ex-husband and I had filed for divorce nevertheless it had not been finalized on the time of this picture. We each discovered it absurd that the decide beneficial obligatory “counselling” earlier than submitting. I instructed him that counselling must be obligatory earlier than marriage not when it had been mutually determined by the couple that the wedding wasn’t working anymore.

I give up smoking in 2013. I had began smoking someday throughout 2003/2004. On reflection, I used to be smoking as a result of it appeared like the one factor I had any management over in my life. Sure smoking is injurious to your well being and I don’t advocate it. However, so long as you retain me out of vary out of your passive cigarette smoke, I’m not judging you for the alternatives you make about your personal well being & life.🙏 The hair appear to be getting barely longer.

Lens cap tucked into the waistband of my shorts.

2006, Self Portrait in a mirror. This was on the images studio on the place I used to be now working at. I overlook what the idea behind the shoot was.

After quitting my campus placement MBA job in 2004, I freelanced for a bit as a graphic & internet designer and was finally employed at a printing press in Bombay to setup and run their Graphic Design Studio. I employed the workforce besides one authentic worker. Every time there was a break in work, I might gander over to the picture studio. If I used to be fortunate, I’d get a slice of pizza. On slower days, we might even fuck round experimenting with self portraits and idea shoots.

That is the place the place I first noticed lights being utilized in a studio setting. I noticed how shoots really occurred. How the expertise was employed. How a lot photoshop really goes into making the quilt of {a magazine} – I met one of many women who was positively wizard degree – it was an out of physique expertise watching her work. How stars had been allowed to throw tantrums to a sure extent. These had been huge shoots for nationwide degree magazines and their cowl stars.

I consider throughout this time is after I shaved my head for the very first time. I don’t have any images from then sadly. I bear in mind the pinnacle of the images studio strolling by my desk within the graphic design division and asking me if she might run her arms on my cranium stubble 😛 “Because the consumer is giving us lakhs of printing enterprise, let’s do their graphic design free of charge.” was adopted by “Why isn’t the graphic design studio making any cash?” After six months of this nonsense, I give up. My wage was tied to a sure proportion of the revenue made by the design studio and I by no means ended up getting nay of that as a result of there was no revenue. They usually refused to boost my wage. shrug

I stayed in contact with the picture studio workforce for a few years. I even moved in with certainly one of them after I wanted a spot to remain after the divorce. I didn’t wish to depart Bombay due to the divorce. I needed to depart it alone phrases. Oh how that got here again to chunk me within the ass finally!

This sequence began as a result of I dug up my archives for older portraits for the “Naina Redhu’s Mane Points : Earlier than And Throughout The Lockdown” for TheVoiceOfFashion.com after which I made a decision that I wish to dig a bit deeper and undergo the pictures and my story from every year beginning with 2005 – as a result of images previous to that may must be scanned. I’d get round to scanning finally. I flip 40 years previous in 2020.

Different years : 1993, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 .



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