These models are all set to redefine beauty and grace in the fashion industry. L Ramachandran, who shot to fame after being selected as the first photographer from India to shoot for Playboy, has come up with an interesting photo shoot with transgenders from the city. In a freewheeling chat with DTNext, the celebrated photographer opens up about fusion photography and how he has come up with an interesting theme for every frame.
“I have done a lot of photo shoots for female models and have travelled across the world. During this journey, I’ve noticed that there are many photographers who work with transgenders in many European countries. But couldn’t spot any photographer in India who has taken the big step. I was discussing this theme with my friend and this thought struck me, why not a shoot with transgenders in my own city? The main reason is to take transgender modelling to the next level,” Ramachandran begins the conversation.
The next step, obviously, was to find transgender models and he approached Sahodaran, an organisation that works for the LGBTQI community.
“I met many transgenders but shortlisted only 12 because I had only 12 concepts. I explained to them the reason for the shoot — a few agreed immediately, but I had to convince the rest. We started the pre-production work in December 2017 and completed the shoot last week,” he says.
Ramachandran states that there are many pretty transgender models in the city, but they aren’t realising their potential.
Ramachandran says, “Most of them have never put on makeup or posed for a camera in their life. It was challenging and at the same time a liberating experience for the models. To be honest, the shoot and the preparation for it was a learning experience for me also.”
To make the shoot even more special, he roped in celebrity makeup artist Bonny Jakraphong Phumsua from Bangkok. “Well, I wanted the models to enjoy the entire shoot — right from trying out the outfits and looks.”
In the photo, Fantasy Wedding, model Namitha fantasises her marriage, same as the way a normal woman does. Meanwhile, in Ardhanarishvara, model Nazriya is depicted as half male and half female, illustrating the traditional attributes of Shiva and Parvati. explains the photographer.
He is planning to exhibit the photographs at international festivals and events. “I will be talking about the shoot in detail at a photographers’ summit in Miami next week. I hope this would open umpteen opportunities for the models and motivate other photographers to rope in transgenders as models for their shoots,” he sums up.