Sharad Haksar’s latest photo exhibit explores the contrasts of autumn in Japan and winter in Iceland
ast spring, 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 Art-Houz in Alwarpet from today—titled Red, White & Blue—are tight, concentrated spots of colour that merge both nature and architecture.
That tough shot
All that fieriness, however, seemed to warrant a contrast—like the dramatic icy landscape of Iceland in winter. “Iceland is a place I’ve always wanted to visit and this just seemed like the best possible time,” says Haksar. 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. Next up he wants to do shoots in remote places like Mongolia, and click the night sky and desolate landscapes of deserts.
At Art-Houz, till April 12. Along with 50 photographs, Haksar will also be showcasing six time-lapse videos. Details: 24992173
—Surya Praphulla Kumar