Red White & Blue with Sharad Haskar
Sharad Haksar is one of India’s most accomplished and acclaimed photographer with accolades from all over the world. A Cannes Silver Lion winner and a D&AD nominee, Sharad is the only Asian to snag a Gold, Silver, 2 Bronzes and 21 honourable mentions at the prestigious IPA Awards.
Japan and Iceland have always fascinated Sharad as a photographer. More than the people and the culture, the pristine of the landscape excites his mind’s eye. The burst of colours on display is truly breathtaking and simply unparalleled. In his journeys to these countries, he has had the pleasure of capturing nature’s resplendence.
RED offers a rare glimpse of the autumn season in Japan when the koyo or coloured leaves are in full bloom. The Koyo season typically begins in mid-September in Hokkaido to the north, gradually spreading to the southern end of the Japanese archipelago in about 50 days. During the peak period, the leaves of the maple and gingko trees turn red and yellow in concert presenting the viewer, a stunning, and picturesque scenery, at every turn.
The WHITE series is a visual chronicle of the blossoming of the white cherry blossom or the sakura. Seen widely by the Japanese as a symbol of elegance, hope, sacrifice and new beginnings, the blossom holds enormous attraction in the country. There are over 200 varieties of sakura in Japan and most of them grow to a height of 25 feet to 50 feet with a canopy spreading up to 40 feet wide.
BLUE is an ode to the surreal scapes of Iceland. The enthralling collection of images is a result of the exhilaration and excitement that Sharad experienced as he tried to capture the out-of–this-world like terrain of Iceland. From the azure crystal caves in Jokursarlon’s glaciers to the black volcanic beaches in Vik, Iceland’s tranquil natural beauty had ample inspiration to offer to Sharad’s creative instincts.
Popular Photography selected Sharad as one of the Top 10 lensmen in the world in 2005. The same year Adobe Galgo named him the Photographer Of The Year in India. A year later, Luerzer’s Archive listed him as one of 200 Best Photographers in the world. Sharad was place third on the list of top 10 Best Commercial and Advertising photographers in the World for the year 2016 by the website TopTeny. Till date, Sharad Haksar has won over 200 regional, national and international awards.
Sharad acquired his craft from masters like Bill Megalos, Constantine Manos, Robert Farber, Sol Negrin and Iqbal Mohamed. The Maine workshops and innumerable brand shoots have honed his skills as an artist with a keen eye for advertising, fashion, still life, travel, and conceptual photography.
Driven by ideas, Sharad is the mastermind behind the world’s first camera lens calendar that he has patented. The innovative piece of art is chiseled from a single block of aluminium and has dates running till the year 2032.
Sharad operates out of South India, from his studio, Eye-Light Pictures. Being a passionate creative person with strong design sense, Sharad runs an advertising agency in Chennai, called 1pointsize. He is the founder of OneEyeland.com, the world’s largest virtual community for creative photographers. The site has over 75,000 registered members with over 8.7 million page views a year.
Dates: 19th March- 25th March 2016
Venue: Art Corridor, The Taj West End Hotel, Benguluru
Time: 11 am to 7 pm