CAPTURING THE MOOD
someone who "woke up one fine morning and decided to
venture into fashion photography," Satish has
come a long way. He is the only exclusive fashion photographer
in the city. Here are excerpts from an exclusive interview
From selling hand pumps to photography, how did
My life has been an extension of my creativity. When
my dad fell ill I took care of his business of selling
hand pumps. For four years, I did it for my dad, and
three years for myself. Then one fine morning, something
went wrong, I didn't like it, so I locked it. I took
over a company called Ad Expressions. A year later,
I saw this place (Obsessions Studio), bought
it and built it. I bought a lot of books and a simple
camera. Before I started this, I had neither seen a
studio, nor worked with a camera flash, or a metre,
I learnt everything here.
It fascinates me - people, colours, fabrics, trends…
the change, everything. There's so much in a human body.
A simple human body can be transformed in so many ways.
I always believe that everyone is photogenic, it only
differs from how many points you have. And I like to
capture that point. I take it as a challenge to prove
What is fashion to you?
fashion, it is not the face, not the stitch, or the
fabric, or the colour… it is the mood. What you
are wearing, where you are standing, how you are posing,
what's your personality, what comes out of it, what's
the backdrop, what's the set, where's the light, all
this gets into my picture. It's the mood that makes
the difference. That is fashion to me.
How important is body language?
100 per cent. You might be wearing a mini skirt, but
it won't look vulgar. There's a very thin line between
vulgarity and artistry. That's body language. The minute
a model starts looking vulgar, the photography has failed.
A photographer has to get the right body language from
When you click a picture, whose moods are you capturing
- yours or the model's?
It's like this, I'm in the mood to take a picture and
I'm capturing her. If I'm not in the mood, I won't know
what to capture and she won't know what to give.
How do you play with lights?
me there's only one light, 'sun-light'. Rest all are
reflections. So I use one light, rest of all are my
reflectors. I use about five to six reflectors.
Who do you prefer to click - a woman or a man?
Definitely a woman. Simply because, there's so much
to explore - body, personality. There's so much depth
in a woman. For a man, it's just clothes, a pant, a
shirt. It is much more difficult to do something new.
With a girl you can do a number of things.
How do you vibe with your models?
When someone comes to me, I don't shoot that day. I
meet the model twice or thrice on some pretext - selecting
the clothes, etc. We become familiar. The model is more
comfortable. It's very important, as even one per cent
of hesitation must not show in the picture.
What are your hobbies?
When I have some free time, I love to watch movies…
lots and lots of movies.
I want to get into motion picture direction. I love
to create characters, fantasy, drama. There are a couple
of big projects (in that area) on the cards.
Address: Obsession Studio (& Boutique),
Road No 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad- 500 034, Phone: