Chennai photographer attempts an underwater remote photoshoot from home


Shades of blue dominate the body as mannequin Sobika Gupta, sporting a flowy, earthy pink gown, glides in sluggish movement: she is just not in an elaborate infinity pool in an unique location, ready to be shot by an enormous crew. Rather, she is within the pool in her yard, within the firm of an iPhone, tripod and infrequently, her sister who provided to assist. And she is on a video name. On the opposite finish of the decision is photographer Edwin J Robert making an attempt to actualise an underwater remote photoshoot, from his home.

Chennai-based Edwin has been doing remote photoshoots — principally by way of Apple units and FaceTime — for the reason that starting of the COVID-19 lockdown. Stationed in Chennai, the 25-year-old photographer has been having elaborate photoshoots with fashions and actors throughout Italy, France and Indian cities for the previous three months now. However, over the course of the previous three months, he realised that remote pictures was slowly on its approach to turning into static. “All through the process, I felt diluted. Most of my own photographs looked the same. The difference was only in terms of the setup,” says Edwin, including that taking pictures over a video name had its limitations.

“That’s when I wanted to do something different. Manipulation was one such trail,” says Edwin explaining that manipulation is finished by merging pictures of the identical mannequin, in several angles, lending it a surreal high quality. On related traces, levitation pictures by way of FaceTime was one other try of his. Soon sufficient, Edwin, who has a penchant for underwater shoots, determined to try it remotely.

The shoot took three to 4 hours to finish on a sizzling afternoon in Chennai. “If the phone is immersed completely in water, the signal will be broken. So, the phone had to be set up in an inverted manner, with the camera on the rear end, so that at least 45 % of the device is above water,” explains Edwin. Initially, a tripod was set as much as maintain the telephone in place, however on this method communication was not potential by way of video name, for the reason that mannequin was underwater. After a number of trials, a 3rd particular person (Sobika’s sister) needed to be introduced in to carry the telephone and execute the framing.

One of the shots from the series

“I had to be careful that the camera does not touch the surface of the water, because it could glare the picture out completely. It has to be either completely submerged in water or above, “ says Edwin. Underwater pictures tend to give the feel that they are shot in an empty space. To avoid this, Edwin made sure that the toplight is visible. Which is why, the time of shoot was vital. “When light comes through the water, it creates a glare. Only when the glare falls on the subject, will it look like an underwater shot,” says Edwin. Since photos shot by way of an Apple machine are stay (it will get exported as three-second stay movies), Edwin additionally created 10-second movies from the frames he shot. Paired with music, they type quick movies that give an perception into the undertaking.

View Edwin’s work on Instagram: @edwinjrobert

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