Archive for the ‘artists’ Category

An affair with the 4×5

January 2, 2011

Im beginning a new project here in Mumbai, details to follow but the project will be shot on a beautiful 4×5 camera lent to me by my close fried, charming and very talented Fashion Photographer miss Erika Hokanson. Also I had the pleasure and fortune of being graciously assisted on this test shot by Simon Biswas who is a complete rockstar in his own right. Pictured in this image is the fabulous miss Kiran Sharma, a.k.a. my mom.

Here are the first few tests from that camera. Excited to work with a great lab that I can run film to and get images professionally scanned and printed by in Mumbai.


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!

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

100 Portraits 100 phtoographers; Fotoweek DC

November 8, 2010

Andy Adams, publisher of FlakPhoto recently teamed up with curator and Indie Photobook Library creator Larissa Leclair to create an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC as part of FotoWeek DC 2010. They selected 100 portraits by 100 photographers who have been featured on Flak Photo, and the entire exhibition is available on his website. I was chosen to be in this line up and incredibly humbled by it. These images were projected on the Corcoran’s Museum building during Fotoweek DC. Below is an image of what the projection looked like. I have nothing but the kindest of words to say about Andy Adams. Please continue to support flakphoto, a regularly visited blog by me, by following it on twitter and facebook. Many thanks to Larissa Leclair as well, I hope I get to meet you both in person some day!

The 100 portraits exhibit got a lot of shouts from many places but in particular I would like to thank Julie Grahame of acurator the online magazine. Julie has so kindly blogged about me in the recent past as is great supporter of my work. Thanks Julie for your shout to my image out within the 100 Portraits exhibition selection!

Projected image from the shower series during fotoweek DC

Critical Mass top 50

October 29, 2010

Many apologies for being a bit behind on my blogging….I have good reasons!

I am very pleased to share that I was selected for Critical Mass Top 50 with handful of driven colleagues in the industry that I sincerely admire! Photolucida’s Critical Mass program selects 50 people internationally every year and I’m honored to be a part of it in 2010. The competition is fierce and you can take a look at this years other winners by clicking here.

Brian Oglesbee, Julie Taymor, The Tempest

October 18, 2010

First of all friends! Watch the HD trailer for this gorgeously shot movie here! Brian, this is a celebration post for the crew!

A while ago I worked with Brian Oglesbee, Julie Taymor and Lynn Hendee closely on a trial shoot for the latest New York Film Festival centre piece “The Tempest”. For those of you that don’t know about this story…. you should refer to this post of mine for the back story on how I know Brian and got to meet Julie.

This post was made when the movie was still in production actually! I Just saw the film at NYFF. It was also invited to be a part of the Venice Film Festival closing! Julie Taymor is a driven and inspiring person and Brian is an incredible photographer. To see the two talents come together on big screen was positively an unforgettable experience! Here are some images from the night out and heartiest congrats to Brian and Julie to see their hard work come to such beautiful fruition!

Brian Oglesbee and Julie Taymor, Lincoln centre, NYC

Also pictured below is Kate Boulter, on the left standing with yours truly in the centre and the boss man Brian Oglesbee on the right outside the Lincoln Centre at the Tempest’s premiere night. Kate to inform you all has repetitively been photographed by Brian all through his book Aquatique which I proudly own and highly recommend so contact the man himself at That night when Julie saw us she exclaimed in delight when she saw kate, “There’s our Ariel!!”  Ariel, as many of you know is one of the main characters from the The Tempest played by the all too charming Ben Whishaw in the movie. Kate however did all the stand in shots for Ariel when we tested for this shoot in Brian’s studio upstate and it was clear that Julie T like us was a great admirer of miss Kate’s performance. I found out first handedly how easy it is to love Kate, my post to follow will be about Kathryn Boulter’s powerful presence in my Shower Series.


October 5, 2010

I’ve donated a piece in support of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. They have a nice cocktail party/ reception to celebrate the opening for this on October 5th, Tuesday. The art is a mix of different mediums take a look at the thumbnails below.
You should come to the benefit if you can folks. it will be a great cause and I will most certainly be there. If you are interested at all in supporting this, there are only 15 tickets left at this point. It sells out every year! Click here for details!

If you can’t go pass the word on to someone else who would like do their good deed for the year! Help a non profit keep their dream and flame of supporting emerging South Asian Women Artists alive and burning. Please re blog and post on some social networks if you can!

On my mind

September 15, 2010

My friend and photographer Tim Carpenter turned me onto a fabulous blog called Unless You Will . This is where I learned about Alessandro Imbriaco whose multiple bodies of work impressed me incredibly!
Please take a look at his work… he is most certainly on my mind!

On my mind

September 11, 2010

Lucas Foglia

Michael Corridore

Andy Sewell