The titular members of the British Royal family smile cheerfully as Priyanka stares into the abyss. Photograph/Supriya Joshi
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The Deadpan Diaries

The titular members of the British Royal family smile cheerfully as Priyanka stares into the abyss. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

The titular individuals of the British Royal circle of relatives smile cheerfully as Priyanka stares into the abyss. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Supriya Joshi
pictures a memorable go back and forth via making unconventional portraits of her sister, Priyanka, throughout their travels.

My Assignment

  • Description: To create an enchanting travelogue via making portraits of my camera-shy sister.
  • Duration: Ongoing.
  • Notes: I’m excited to {photograph} Priyanka’s response, if any, when she sees this venture.

There are a number of other people I do know who hate being photographed… one in every of them is my sister. While she is a hilarious, animated particular person in actual existence, this reality simply does now not translate into pictures. Point a camera at her and she’s going to freeze, her face changing into a clean stare. My folks gave up way back, however I nonetheless persist. Even if this can be a unhealthy photograph, it’s nonetheless one thing that may function a memorabilia for future years.

My Perspective
During a contemporary circle of relatives go back and forth to North India, I made up our minds I’d make photos of my circle of relatives, regardless of how they react. While my folks had been greater than prepared, Priyanka become a portraitist’s nightmare, as same old. When I requested her to pose, she iced over. When I requested her to grin, she gave me her patented deadpan expression. On a number of events, she refused to have her image made as smartly.

But I persisted and we made a deal— if she lets in me to {photograph} her, I will be able to now not ask her to grin. She agreed, and that used to be the start of The Deadpan Diaries.

The pink effervescent signboard was the perfect offset to Priyanka’s impassive expression. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

The red bubbling signboard used to be the very best offset to Priyanka’s emotionless expression. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

The Process

The easiest factor about India is the volume of kitschy, once in a while ridiculous artwork and odd places that abound within the nation. A sullen, blank-looking Priyanka juxtaposed with vibrant backgrounds gave the impression of a perfect concept to me.

Whenever I’d spot an enchanting backdrop, I’d ask Priyanka to face in entrance of it and ‘pose’. I had no concept about what we’d to find in each location we went to, so each photograph I made throughout the go back and forth used to be incidental.

The easiest section about this venture, on the other hand, used to be that I used a mobile phone to make the pictures. The carefree, nonchalant nature of mobile phone pictures lent itself smartly to the theme of my venture.

It has been a couple of months since our go back and forth, and I glance again on the photographs I made throughout the venture with a lot fondness. If there may be something I realized from photographing my camera-shy sister, it’s that you just should stay making photos of the folk you’re keen on. The recollections will closing you a life-time.

My Equipment
For this sequence I used the Instagram app on my Xolo Q800 mobile phone to shoot. I used the similar app so as to add a clear out and for next uploads.

Here’s Priyanka, being a chamelon and blending in with her surroundings. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Here’s Priyanka, being a chamelon and mixing in together with her environment. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Things to Keep in Mind When Photographing Your Family

  • Be Silly: Don’t take yourselves too significantly! Pose in an odd method, seize quite a lot of expressions… and simply have a laugh!.
  • Learn from the Paparazzi: Follow a circle of relatives member round and deal with them like a superstar. Even in the event that they get frustrated, persist, for distinctive pictures.
  • Be Involved too: Family pictures are not any a laugh for those who’re now not in them. Take selfies, or put your camera on self-timer and turn into a part of the body too.


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