We've had a pretty cold winter in Kashmir this year. Luckily temperatures started getting better as March arrived and Srinagar's most popular almond orchard, Badamwari, came into its much awaited spring glory. This year I visited the park with my friend, Nasir, who is a freelance model as well as an engineering student. I've been obsessed with portraits of late and this seemed like a perfect setting to try some new stuff.
I chose a bright, saturated theme for the shoot with darker midtones since I'm a big fan of high contrasts.
We experimented with expressions and that's one thing Nasir is good at, he is a Kaaczur with effortless swag.
Glorious almond tree.
I really loved this part of the park, it felt very dreamlike.
By this time you might think it is a campaign for the Sweater he's wearing. I do too, not your fault.
All in all, this was a good day to explore some new territory within the world of portraits as well as capture Badamwari in a new way. I'll definitely be back here next year.
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Although Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, there are still a ton of people who stay away from it because of their fears of the ongoing conflict and indulging with the muslim communities. Last November in Delhi, I became friends with Mafaldina from Italy, who wanted to come to Kashmir but had been advised to stay away. We became really good friends and she accepted my invitation to come to Kashmir and stay with my family. In this film I got a chance to look at Srinagar through her eyes and capture it's misunderstood dimensions.
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