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    There is more than an explosion of pink and white in adman and photographer Sharad Haksar’s first exhibition in 15 years, Sakura

    TAKING a break from all his celebrity campaigns – think A R Rahman for Toyota and Casio or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for LifeCell – Sharad Haksar is devoting three days to himself. Finally. The award-winning adman and photographer is showing a series of photos that were taken in Japan earlier this spring, titled Sakura. The exhibition at Art-Houz in Alwarpet will see 20 photos, all framing the fleeting clouds of cherry blossom across iconic and lesser known spots in Kyoto, Nara, Kamakura (for the copper Buddha) and Miyajima. Given that Haksar’s last photo exhibition was 15 years ago in Singapore, he says inspiration for this series came when he was planning a new category on his One Eyeland website. ‘‘We wanted to use our personal work, create a limited edition gallery, and I realised I had not done anything like this for a long time,’’ he reveals. One Eyeland is a database of some of the best photographers from around the world (see box).Armed with a Nikon D800E, the photographer had 10 days to make it happen (given the ephemeral nature of the blossom). ‘‘The idea was to take one image in the morning and one in the evening. With all the peak activity around the festival, including wedding couples, it was a challenge to get people out of the frame,’’ he recalls. Sometimes the wait extended over 90 minutes, just to get two seconds for the right shot. ‘‘But the blossoms were worth it,’’ says the founder of the ad agency, 1pointsize. The exhibition will also see photos from the series Divine Irony and another one on architecture (fromthe series that won him second place last week at the APA Photography Awards in San Francisco). Haksar plans to be back in Japan to photograph the trees in autumn. And yes, he will be taking more working holidays in the near future.
    At Art Houz, Alwarpet, till September 7. Priced from Rs 7,500. Details: 24992173

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    One Eyeland’s fourth edition, the Best of the Best Photographers 2014, has just been sent to 500 top ad agencies in the world. The website showcases some of the best photos taken worldwide. Over 1,00,000 images have been uploaded of which 25 per cent have been selected by a jury featuring only photographers. The website has become very popular with a visitor every 45 seconds, and 50,000 registrations. It connects to a network of photographers and equipment around the world, for a premium membership.

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