The Photography Of Narbir Gosal
The Photography Of Narbir Gosal
What inspired you to pick up a camera?
I have always had a passion for photography. When I was young I was the only kid who brought multiple rolls of film to family events and trips, I would take upwards of 100 pics with a point and shoot and then spend all my allowance on developing film. As I got older, especially after university, I took up photography as a hobby taking landscape and fine art pictures. My cousin, Kiran, has her own makeup business and asked me to help shoot some promotional material for her. I did 3 shoots and was hooked immediately, people began to notice my work and that was how my career took off.
What particular challenges do you face with Erotic photography as opposed to other genres?
I always like my pictures to tell a story and when I shoot something more erotic, it's not overtly erotic. The sexuality in my photo's arises from the situation, not from how much or how little the models are wearing. So the challenge for me is how to portray the mood and the eroticism without going overboard. I prefer the subtlety of my erotic work because its part of a fantasy that I am trying to portray and I am always concerned that it won't come across as strongly as I want. On the technical side of things, I think the biggest challenge to erotic photography is finding the perfect balance between light and shadow. If you find that balance, you can make beautiful art, especially when shooting nudes.
Do you prefer to shoot with film or digital?
I prefer digital because it gives you immediate results and ensures that you got the shot you wanted or that a client wants while you're on set. I think I prefer it because digital gives my clients a piece of mind when they see a picture as its being taken. This way if they want me to adjust lighting or do hair/makeup/wardrobe touchups right away they can do so and make sure it looks the way they need it. I never had the chance to really work with film and develop in a darkroom which is a huge regret of mine.
What kind of shoots would you like to work on in the future?
I have a whole wish list of shoots I would love to do and each year I knock two or three shoots off that list. My photographic background is fashion/editorial so I always lean towards shooting highly creative pictures. I am really looking forward to shooting something on a rooftop in spring/summer 2013 with the city skyline in the background. I have booked my first swimsuit shoot in Jamaica in November which is a big deal for me because its something I have always wanted to do. In addition I have always wanted to shoot something dark and macabre, I am a huge horror movie buff so something with zombies or vampires is a dream shoot for me. I am looking for the right team (hair/makeup/styling/ models) to make this dream come true and aiming to shoot for Halloween 2013, lets see if I can make it happen.
What advice would you have for anyone just starting out in the industry?
Evolve, constantly. You cannot shoot the same way every time you pick up a camera. Gain some perspective and have a point of view. Use your minds eye to envision what you need out of a particular shoot and try your best to make sure it comes to life in your pictures. Passion and dedication is a requirement in this business because its a struggle, especially in the beginning. A lot of people take up photography because they think its easy money, which is a huge misconception. This is art and you have to really struggle sometimes to make sure your art is seen and appreciated, so become confident and aggressive but always make sure you evolve because the more variety you can offer, the more people will want to work with you.
Are there any other creative mediums you work in?
I have some experience in film direction. This past summer I helped shoot a motion editorial video for the Sakhuja Fall/Winter 2012 collection and it was hard work but fun. I am currently in talks to direct my first music video for a local artiste here in Toronto. I always thought I would be a movie director/screenplay writer first and would retire as a photographer. I even wrote 4 scripts which I have saved for when I am ready to develop them. Right now I am happy with my photography career and if film direction pans out, I will actively pursue it to bring my stories to life.
What kind of music do you like?
I have never settled on one genre of music, i love everything. I am a HUGE Radiohead and Depeche Mode fan from when I was a kid. To this day they're my favorite bands! Currently I am in love with The Black Keys, they're bringing rock and roll back to life. That's the way music is supposed to sound. I am also a big fan of The Weekend, I have been listening to his stuff for a couple of years now. He is finally going mainstream so a lot of people are beginning to discover his amazing voice but I have been a fan from the start.
What do you like to do for fun?
I explore my city (Toronto), there is a lot of great art galleries here and I actively seek them out because I love art. I love traveling because its amazing what this world has to offer. We have a short time on this Earth and there is so much to discover and see. My daughter just turned one, so above all I love spending time with her and watching her grow. Being a parent is the crowning achievement in my life and you cannot compare it to anything, its just something that must be experienced when you're ready for it.
See more of Narbir Gosal:
Model Mayhem; http://www.modelmayhem.com/1752753
Models; Sim Sandhu, Judy Hsu, Claudia Stone, Ashley Hassard, Pietro Pantanella and Oumid Yaqo. Hair and Makeup; Kiran Nijjar Wadhwa, Rav Brar.
Clothing provided by Natasha Sakhuja for Sakhuja Fall/Winter 2012
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