Sharad Haksar’s photos explore the contrasts of autumn in Japan, and winter in Iceland
In the spring of 2014, Sharad Haksar was in Japan to photograph the clouds of cherry blossoms that turn the landscape a soft shade of cotton candy pink. No sooner had he captured his last frame than he knew he’d be back, this time to click koyo, or the coloured leaves of autumn, that he had heard so much about. “There is a strong sense of art in Japan and they have planted trees that change colour around their temples, which are mostly red. So in autumn, the red on red is incredible,” says the award-winning adman and photographer, explaining the frames he’ll be exhibiting at the Art Corridor, Taj West End between March 18 and 25 titled ‘Red, White & Blue’. This will be his fourth show in India since his 2014 sojourn and will include a two-day workshop conducted by Haksar. “Due to space constraint we can only show about 40 images where as my previous shows had about 50 images of the 80 that I have shot. Next I want to travel to Croatia or North China,” he adds.
All that fieriness, however, seemed to warrant a contrast — like the dramatic icy landscape of Iceland in winter. If the challenge in Japan was to keep people out of his pictures (koyo is peak tourist season), in Iceland, the weather was the biggest trial. “One of my shoots was at Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon. It was a full moon night and I had just set up my Nikon D800E to shoot the icebergs when a storm hit — the temperature dipped from -6 to -15 degrees. We had to wait four to five hours to get the shot,” recalls the photographer. While many of the locations he visited are on the tourist map, he did get recommendations from locals as to where to go — one of them resulted in a photo of an old WWII plane that had crashed there. Assuring us that the exaggerated colours in his frames are true to life (with barely any digital re-touching), he says his attempt with every shot is to take a picture that looks like a painting. Photo enthusiasts in Bengaluru, this one is for you!
At The Taj West End. March 19 & 20 (workshop). Fee (`9,999-). Register at sharadhaksar.com/workshop.php. Part of the proceeds from this workshop will go towards flood relief work carried out by Bhoomika Trust. Details: 66605660