We're all trying to capture our day to day lives in order to imprint precious moments into our memories and somehow trying hold onto some moments, persons, things or places and never let them go. Time is always running out of our hands and through photographs, we try to stop it for a while by capturing it. We bring a moment to a standstill and repeat it over and over again just by stimulating our visual senses i.e., by looking at a photograph. Photographers bring into existence a reality that has happened in the past by reproducing past reality in a way that feels more real.
“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo
Mohit Gogia's Subtle Art of Capturing Movement
Mohit Gogia is a photographer based in Mumbai, India. He is passionate about creating photographs in exotic destinations. He loves to capture passion in photo reports for clients and specializes in making photograph series for various dancers. Furthermore, he creates engaging interior photography.
We learnt a little about Mohit Gogia's subtle art of capturing movement through 7 quick questions:
What attracted you to the niche of dance photography?
The beauty about its photography is the random acts or circumstances that please your visual sensory organ. Once I happened to notice a dancer with a bun head, extended neck and a dance bag. She was somebody I just couldn't have ignored. They are elite, like fighter pilots in pre-flight mode, going to a practice studio where they daily make their bodies do things that most humans never think of attempting. Hence, I realised that to capture "Art", I had to join hands with dancers.
What kind of lens and gear do you prefer to use while capturing dance?
I use a canon 5d Mark iv and a canon 50mm f1.4 and a 16-35m f2.8 because both the lenses give a different perspective .
Do you like shooting moving targets or stand stills more?
I believe the beauty of capturing art lies in Moving Targets. Capturing a moving subject involves as many artistic choices as any other visual medium. To achieve the result you want, you have to go through many technical challenges. However, your love and passion begins from here.
Do you prefer indoor or outdoor shoots? What is it that you like more about them?
When the universe is filled with so many beautiful elements, I would rather hook with them outdoor rather than finding more indoors. I believe, every environment has a story and I want to narrate that story strongly with my photography.
What do you enjoy the most about working with dancers?
The beauty about dancers is their movement, their flow and the way they can swing with the world. They don't need rhythm, counts or language. They just have it amongst themselves. The joy of working with dancers is the authenticity they have with movement which is the same that I have with my art of capturing movement.
What's the biggest challenge you face while capturing dance photographs?
For me, as a photographer, my major concern is not the lighting or the equipment. My major fear is missing out on that "ONE" moment where I could have gotten the perfect shot, pose and detailing. As a photographer, I cannot neglect the importance of that second when everything was perfect and yet I missed the opportunity to that one shot that could have said a story untold.
Can you describe a typical “shoot” with a dancer or company?
A typical shoot take 30 minutes to set up and 20-25 minutes to take down. As dancers can flow with their moves anywhere, I take time and stare at them until I have an idea to make that vision better. Once an idea is generated, I obviously don't hope for the best one to just to come by. I take multitudes of trial images and analyze their finest move. This move is something that they have mastered and are comfortable with subconsciously. Now my job gets easier. I understand the rhythm of their flow and when I know they are about to give their best, I am all set to capture them.
I do not believe in instructing them. Dancing is their passion and capturing their passion is my art. We both know our forte so we both come together to create a masterpiece out of it.
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