Manjari Sharma is not only a good friend of mine, but she’s a pretty darn good photographer too. You may remember my ranting and raving about her water project a while back. I’ve been interested in her recent shower series, and asked her to answer a few questions about it below so I could share it with you! Check it out and see Manj’s site here.
I started to center my own showers around this light that came in through my bathroom window. It turned my bathroom into this glorious sun room for an hour. I started to invite people to shoot them showering in my shower. They obliged. To break it down however, the project began with following intuition. I remember thinking to myself It feels good so it will be good. From the onset this project was driven by passion. Passion for the light in the space and passion for the isolation and exclusivity I got with my subjects in that space. To be honest, this project truly gives voice to “follow your heart and the forget the rest” At some point, of course, after I had shot about five people, I knew I was on to something.
How did you choose the subjects?
My biggest rule of thumb has been not photographing people who are very very extremely close to me. There has so to be some level of nervousness and intrigue to the whole drama as it unfolds. Sometimes when you know someone too well, shedding your layers is not a big deal. The people in my pictures are usually ranging from friends, to acquaintance, to people I’ve met only once. I respond to certain type of person. In my head all my showerers somehow reflect me. I can’t put my finger on what I respond to but I know it when I see it.
How are you hoping it is received?
I hope this is received as my style of shooting, my aesthetic sentiment and translates to hired assignment work that walks the line of portraiture, fine-art and fashion.