UK-based fashion photographer Bhavini Patadia gave us this inside look at New York Fashion Week this past spring. She used the Petzval 85 along with the Lomo'Instant Wide to give her work a unique look and further reflects on her process with us in this interview.
How did you get into photography?
I found the old analog camera that my parents used to take photos when they were young and foolishly in love, I haven't let go of it since and it's the same camera that I used at fashion week using Lomography film. I then got my first DSLR camera and used it for photography projects at my high school. I became the school's first official photographer and shot the drama productions and music events, but I definitely wanted more and me being the entrepreneurial type; I started my own business at 14 and slowly developed further into the photography world. At 17, I was British fashion photographer; Nick Knight's youngest student and was shooting NYFW for Fashion NET.
How did you become interested in runway photography?
I fell in love with fashion magazines when I was around thirteen years old; like iD or Dazed, I loved seeing the fashion editorials or even the adverts. I was fascinated by the fashion industry and how it was so exclusive and attracted the most unique individuals. After sending the most polite email, I was invited to shoot Crombie's AW14 collection at London Men's Fashion Week, this was the most incredible experience I'd ever had at the age of 14, and also what started my gradual entry into photography and now photojournalism.
What designers did you shoot for?
This year I was lucky to shoot the runway for Naeem Khan; one of my absolute favorite designers, CG, Franseca Libertore, Oday Shakar, Vivienne Hu and a few others.
What's the main difference between shooting on the runway vs. anywhere else?
Shooting the runway is one big adrenaline rush, you only get one chance to shoot each outfit. You are limited to about five minutes per show to try and capture the moment, where you're surrounded by very competitive photographers trying to get the same shot. Compared to shooting anywhere else; runway photography is aggressive, and backstage photography is just pure chaos - but I wouldn't want it any other way.
What gear do you shoot with?
I shoot film using my Canon EOS 500N 35mm SLR Camera, I was lucky enough to use the Lomo'Instant Wide and Petzval lens at fashion week. I use a Canon EOS 600D when I shoot digital.
Who are your inspirations?
My inspirations include Nan Goldin; I love the honesty of her work. I also admire the work of Manuel Alvarez Bravo and his ability to capture an abstract perspective of such ordinary objects.
Describe your photography style in a few words.
I would describe my work as quite daring, as I try my best to push myself to get a shot that nobody else has. However, I find that I also can capture a softness, especially at Fashion Week when it's always so busy.