Young Voices in Fashion & Portraiture: Ashish Shah

 
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A self-taught photographer, Ashish Shah is obsessed with dark tales of love and addiction. Growing up, he adored the stories his grandmother narrated to him, which he derives inspiration from, to this day. To see more of his work, visit www.ashishshah.in

 

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Ashish Shah is a self-taught photographer, obsessed with dark tales of love and addiction. Growing up, he adored the stories his grandmother narrated to him, which he derives inspiration from, to this day. To see more of his work, visit www.ashishshah.in

I am usually drawn to visuals with a wistful aesthetic, probably owing to the kind of childhood that I had. When I first found my footing in photography, I realised that the assignments I took up weren’t anywhere close to fulfilling my vision. At the time, I approached Bharat Sikka to take a look at my work. He said I was emoting two different styles in my personal and commercial work, and advised that I bring in my personal aesthetic into my commercial assignments. Since then, I have only taken up work that lets me exercise this.

I try to be honest to the moment, absorbing it first and then documenting it. I believe you cannot pick the light for your subject, it’s the subject that picks the light for itself.

There have been several photographers and filmmakers who have influenced me. But this came with problems, where I would have visions of the scenes they shot. I didn’t want to end up with bad imitations. I stopped shooting for a while, and later resumed with a rejuvenated mindset. Nevertheless, I have been inspired by the works of Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, Sally Mann, Jeff Bark, Bernardo Bertolucci, Akira Kurosawa, Andrei Tarkovsky, Wong Kar Wai and Lars Von Trier.

Tags: Anniversary Issue Vol 2, Ashish Shah, better photography, fashion, fashion and portraiture, fashion photography, July 2016