Ever since I started blogging, the city of Mumbai has been my favorite back drop for pictures. It didn’t matter what the weather was like or what time of the day it was, I’d be ready to go out and take pictures in the city. Needless to say, Mumbai has been an inspiration for many designers, photographers, authors and artists alike. The bustling streets, the heritage structures and all that’s in between, they hold a different, yet equally special meaning to us all.
It was much later that I started shooting at indoor locations like cafes, restaurants and studios. In spite of all my travelling to stunning places and properties, it’s the streets of Mumbai that call out to me the most.
As luck would have it, just when I started referencing images for Mumbai Meri Jaan Part 3, (see part 1 and 2 here) Mrinmai, the talented photographer behind this series, came to me. I spoke to her about my idea and she was as enthusiastic about it as I was. My excitement further grew when she suggested to shoot at night with the city lights in all their glory.
And even though the pictures were shot in black and white, somehow, the colour of the city shines through, if you know what I mean. We decided to call the series COLABA only after we finished shooting, and got an artist to exaggerate some colours on black and white for those who perhaps didn’t see it the way we did.
In terms of styling, I went with bold prints so that they stand out. I was also ready with my raincoats just in case it started to pour. In fact, we were kind of hoping it did, so we could capture that beautiful glow of the wet streets. Though there was no heavy downpour, we did get lucky with a light drizzle.
Tshirt – ATshirt – Tommy Hilfiger; Denim shorts – Tommy Hilfiger; Raincoat pants – My own; Shoes – Reebok
Shot by Mrinmai Parab
Art by Anamika Deb
Makeup and hair by Afreen Shaikh