Interior Photography

I’ve been shooting a lot of interiors the past few weeks. Hotels, residences and well, official stuff.

A couple of years ago, when a friend asked me to join a photowalk and said the topic would be architecture, I politely declined. I did not particularly believe that Bangalore had impressive architecture left (the few that were there were being torn down to make space for new-age malls). Much less interesting was interior spaces.

But shooting interiors, while quite frustrating and demanding due to all the lights etc, is one of my favorite things. The challenge to convey a space and its warmth, its metallic coldness, the mixture of warmth and prissiness, and other such features is a challenge.

In these days of interior designers, it is not particularly true that the space reflects the people living in it. But there is some semblance of a character to every house. The way the sheets are picked, the way the cushions are disarranged… they say a lot about the people.

I read a line “Interior Photography is 30 percent about design, 30 percent about light and 40 percent about moving around furniture.”

It completely struck a chord yesterday, when everyone had to run around moving little things out of the frame. A towel placed oddly, a chair that needed to be out of the picture and then put back for the next shot, a table that needed to be turned for maximum effect, rather than comfort.

There is much about interiors I still need to learn, photography wise and otherwise. The maximum effect time of the day, the tiny frame of window you get to shoot for the perfect shots in a go, how to set up strobe lights and other such things to get the effect you are aiming for, composition (oh yes! that is a completely different subsector in composition!), angles, bizzare angles, challenging the space to get your photograph and so much more.

Ideally, I would like to shoot interiors with people IN it. The people who live in that space, reflecting a blending of personas. The house and the person. But traditional magazines do not prefer too many shots of people in the frame, unless it is a profile shot required. So none of those shots of a woman lazing around in the chair on a sunny afternoon, depicting how that place is absolutely meant for sloth and luxury.

Wonder what would be the next area of photography I disliked and now like? Events? High Hopes!


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