July 22, 2014
Freezing moments in frames, photographer Bikramjit Bose reels us into the intriguing world of images, reflections, shadows, light and moments. Bikramjit graduated from the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Banglaore and took on commissioned projects, moving to Mumbai within a year to pursue a career in photography. Following a brief internship, he started clicking portrait stories, photo essays and fashion editorials in magazines. Over the years he has worked with Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Grazia, Rolling Stone and GQ India. His work is poetry in black and white, striking in contrasts and narrative driven. Majorly a portrait photographer, he wishes to tell stories through his work, unwinding with us in this dialogue.
When were you absolutely sure that this what you want to do?
I was studying at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, in Bangalore. So about halfway through design school, I had pretty much made up my mind about pursuing photography seriously.
What/who inspires you the most?
I think my source of inspiration changes from time to time, but at the moment, cinema seems to be inspiring me a lot. So I’ve been looking at and reading up a lot about the works of certain cinematographers.
Who is your favorite photographer?
Various photographers inspire me in different ways, but if I had to pick one – it would have to be Peter Lindbergh.
What kind of music do you listen to? Does it play any role in your work?
I was brought up on a heavy dose of classic rock and blues, so that is definitely something I keep going back to – it’s like comfort food. But I end up listening to a lot of different genres of music, as long as it’s nothing too hectic! Music definitely helps me relax and sometimes, on a shoot, sets the mood but never influences my work directly.
How do you balance between commissioned work and self initiated projects?
To be honest, I try and keep every project and its output as close to my personal sensibilities as possible but it doesn’t always work, especially if the brief is so far out of your zone that you can do precious little to salvage the situation. But I keep shooting something or the other all time – sometimes it’s just for me, without a concrete end or context in mind and sometimes it could be something that might plug into my portrait work.
Would you say you have a particular style in your work?
I suppose the best way to describe my style would be minimal.
Describe your work desk in one line. If you had to keep just one single item at your desk, what would that be?
My work desk is a bit of a mess, but I know exactly what is kept where. Definitely, my computer with a working internet connection.
If you had a time machine, where would you be headed?
Back to 70s. Primarily for the music.
What is your favorite book? And what are you reading right now?
Don’t know if I have a favorite book, although The Kite Runner is definitely up there. I’m actually reading two books at the moment – ‘Medium Raw’ by Anthony Bourdain and ‘The Ongoing Moment’ by Geoff Dyer.
What would be your second dream profession?
To be a musician. A drummer, to be precise.
What has been your most challenging project so far? Can you tell us a bit about it?
Outdoor shoots are usually more challenging than studio shoots. In December of last year, I was doing a fashion shoot for a magazine that required us to travel and shoot in 4 cities (Jaipur, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata) in the span of 8 days. There was no pre-production so we had a day to scout and find a location and a day to shoot and then on to the next city. The challenging part was not only to find the ideal location for the shoot, but once we found the first location, to find other similar locations in the remaining 3 cities, to ensure that all four places were visually cohesive.
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