Archive for December, 2010


December 26, 2010


I got flakked

December 24, 2010

Thanks to Andy Adams who selected an image from my new series Anastasia and it can be found on Flak Photo today. Andy Adams’s name has been mentioned on my blog a few times now.
Refer to my 100 Portraits post in order see a recent post.

I would also like to share an outtake from this shoot that didn’t make it into my final edit.

End of the year Newsletter December 2010

December 20, 2010

Hey folks…. here is my finale newsletter and the launch of a new body of work that can be seen here



Solo show in Los Angeles, Kopeikin Gallery

December 20, 2010

I am extremely thrilled to announce that ‘Water’ which is a culmination of two of my bodies of work will be on display January 8th through the 12th at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. Steve Fitch another talented photographer will also have work up at Kopeikin at the same time. Here are the details and the official press release can be found at this link sharmapressrelease

Most importantly, I will be flying into LA from Mumbai to attend the closing reception on Feb 12th 2011,
I’d love to see you there.

I will be flying in directly from Mumbai to Los Angeles to attend this closing. And alongside smiles and good artwork, In order to celebrate the show, owner of the gallery the fabulous Mr. Paul Kopeikin is arranging for an Indian food truck to be present! It would be a treat to see you on Saturday night, return from my country and spend a few moments with you amongst my artwork!

Please be there if you can.

Dates: January 8 – February 12, 2011
Kopeikin Gallery

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 La Cienega Blvd (just north of Washington)
Los Angeles, California 90034
Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 – 5:00.

Espacio Nudage – Spain

December 20, 2010

I am currently in Mumbai, India. This time I am here sooner than I expected to be and the weather is more than perfect! Mumbai for those of you who don’t know is the city I was born and raised in … all my updates from here on will be from India. I am scheduled to return to the states on Feb 12th in order to attend the closing of my solo show in Los Angeles. You can read more about it on this link. If you live in LA and read this blog, please stop in and say hello at Kopeikin Gallery.

So about a month ago I got an email from Mike Kent who was in charge of coordinating the photo entries for Espacio Nudage. I had never heard of this event before but I was invited to submit my work for the contemporary photography section. This is the first time this event is being held in the city of Santader, Spain. A gorgeous city with views of the mountains and bays and a incredible spanish history in addition! The event was being sponsored by the council of culture and tourism and I submitted my work and waited patiently while I browsed images of Santander Spain, it’s a gorgeous place, here are some images below to give you a sense of the landscape and some old Spanish architecture there.

I just heard back and was selected as one of ten photographers from several entries and was informed that I will be flown in and put up so I could attend the exhibition and see my work in a brand new country. I am humbled beyond words and am so glad to have gotten the opportunity. A shout out to Mike kent for being so easy to work with and I can hardly wait until I set foot on a totally different piece of the planet. I don’t speak spanish but hope to pick up a little bit while I am there. I will keep you posted about the show and other details!

Off Shore

December 18, 2010

I wandered into one of the oldest Mumbai fishing village’s with my friend Himanshu Joshi who usually knows a lot of off the beaten bath places in and around India. This is because he runs a terrific program called the Wild Holidays. Those of you who love India, I hope you get the chance to to travel with this gem of a man sometime. With years of experience on guiding adventurous expeditions, Himanshu truly knows how the country should be experienced.

So here are some images from a small fishing village that we went to. The fishermen and their families have a great respect for these boats that are built, painted and set ashore for several day long fishing trips. When we arrived there on a crisp Sunday morning, it was a special occasion because a few boats had been freshly completed and the families of the fisherman were holding prayers ceremonies on every completed boat. The scale of these massive boats parked off shore and on the village’s land was a quite a sight to remember. Here are some images to accompany the story.

Favorite test shoot, 2010

December 17, 2010

I shot this test a couple months ago and instantly knew it would be a dedicated post of its own. I used an old european bed sheet for the background of this one. The styling inspiration came from my models mother… which was Ukranian fashion in the 80’s. To that
we mixed in a very 2000 prop from or everyday New York life…your average bike helmet. I particularly find the bike helmet turning into to the pelvic structure rather entertaining. I think this somehow makes me feel it could be a british pop album cover.

A love affair with the Hassy

December 17, 2010

I was really fortunate to have had this novel experience in this summer of 2010. Hasselblad gave me this fantastic opportunity. All props to Jim Rooney, the north eastern rep for Hasselblad USA for selecting me for it! I know Jim from meeting him randomly at my very first photo expo in nyc 3 years ago .. also I met him agian while working at Steve Mccurry’s studio when steve was buying some hassy equipment. In short, Jim kept an eye on my work and offered me this brilliant chance to play with some seriously pro tools!

I was given over 60,000 worth of equipment for a couple months to shoot, test and explore. This toys I got included the fantastic 40 mega pixel H4D40 and three top of the line lenses to go with it. The camera was like a tank and horse put together and the image quality was sex on toast. I shot pretty much every single day if i could help it! I posted on hasselblad’s own website called Hassynyc as I explored with the camera. Below is a grab of the hassynyc site to give you an idea of what it looked like.

On my mind

December 17, 2010

Since my blog Ishaara’s inception, I’ve had this repeat section on here called “on my mind”. In this section I showcase a smattering of artist works. Here is a list of artist’s whose works have been on my mind for the last couple months. I encourage you to to click on the names of artists, they are all hot linked to their websites.. Enjoy.

Adam Batchelor

Daniel Shea

Shen Wei

Jody Rogac

Luis Sanchis

Andrew B Myers

Jane Alden Stevens

Lucie & Simon


Thomas Rousset

Tony Fouhse

Sneak Peek

December 16, 2010

I have been photographing a new series all through the summer. Here is a sneak peek into it before it makes it on to my website.