Shete is a Pune based fashion and commercial photographer. In 2013 Chaitanya completed his studies in
Industrial design and since has been working as a professional fashion photographer.We recently spoke to Chaitanya about his
approach to photography.
IM: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got
into photography? Chaitanya: I
graduated as an Industrial designer, specializing in transportation design from
MIT Institute of design, Pune. It has been a very interesting journey from
designing cars and bikes to Photography, few years back when I picked up the
camera for a course while studying design that is when I fell in love with the
art of photography and it became a part of my life.
IM: Has this knowledge of Industrial design made
you a better photographer and how so? Chaitanya: Yes I studied design and
I think that I can apply a lot of design principles
in my photography. I work with designers from various design firms for my
photography projects, being from design background I can very well understand
the designers vision behind the project and I can implement my skills into the
project. Knowledge of design has been a great source to develop my photography
IM: How would you describe your individual style
of photography? Chaitanya: I don't really
believe that there are any boundaries in photography, I wouldn't want to settle
on a particular style at this moment, I would love to explore more and more
IM: Are there any photographers that you look up
to? Chaitanya: There are lot of legendary
photographers I look up to like Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Prabuddha Dasgupta, I
admire their work a lot.
IM: Do you have favorite project that you have
worked on? Chaitanya: I shot for Kawasaki India
in 2014. I was shooting 2 amazing bikes. As I mentioned I studied
transportation design, I was really excited to work with Kawasaki.
Shooting cars and bikes always excites me.
IM: Do you prefer digital or analog? Chaitanya: I have grown up in this
digital era. I love the way technology is developing rapidly, it opens up
amazing new techniques to explore the art of photography. I never really got to
explore much of analog photography. I have been using digital format and
enjoying it. IM: While working as a fashion photographer do
you feel that it is
important to have a good taste fashion yourself and be aware of all the
latest trends? Chaitanya: I think it is great to
have a good taste in fashion, it is definitely an add-on for fashion
photographers. If you have a good taste in fashion and when you are aware of
the fashion trends your work will never look outdated. In the current era of digitization
and social networking you have to be updated about everything around you to
constantly evolve yourself and your skills.
IM: What do you think are the most important
traits a fashion model should
possess? Chaitanya: Confidence. First of all
a model should be confident .Knowing your angles, knowing how to pose and knowing how to hold a pose convincingly without
looking strained are important and can all be learned. I believe a good posture
is a modeling must.