Special: City photographer Nirupam Dutta captures the best of four Kolkata models
He wanted to pursue a Masters in Computer Application after completing his graduation and settle for a secured corporate job. But fate had other designs for him. At 31, Nirupam Dutta is happily creating a space for himself as a fashion and wedding photographer.
“Initially, it did hurt but now when I get to pursue something that I always loved and see my friends slogging like machines at the office, I feel relieved that MCA didn’t happen to me,” says the 31 years old soft-spoken shutterbug. It was his friends and family, who took notice of his skills in taking good pictures on a phone camera and goaded him to pursue photography professionally.
“In fact, my high school teacher lent me his Canon DSLR so that I could further hone my skills,” he recollects. To further learn the basic techniques and nuances of camera work, Nirupam joined the old and renowned Photographic Association of Dum Dum run by a very committed Benu Sen and his students before receiving national and international distinctions too.
“That course taught me how to wield a proper camera,” adds Nirupam, who has been doing fashion and wedding photography for the past five years now. To further learn the ropes of the trade, Nirupam diligently assists the seniors in his field, from whom he has learnt how important teamwork is, whether it’s a fashion or a wedding assignment.
“Also camera equipment can give you confidence but you have to have a basic sense of aesthetics to grow further,” tells Nirupam. The four pictures that are highlighted in this column had been taken by Nirupam while doing portfolio shoots. “Ipsita has a very expressive pair of eyes while Soumi’s biggest strength is her dazzling smile. Shreelagna has a very pleasant personality and camera-friendly features and being a model, she knows how to pose. For Sanchi, it’s her attitude that’s her asset and it comes out so well in all her pictures,” remarks Nirupam.
Nirupam Dutta can be reached at 8820009410 or email@example.com Instagram handle: @nirupamdutta13
Soumi Dutta | 28, height: 5 ft 3 inches
A busy executive producer at a film production house, Soumi, who used to do a lot of modelling a few years back, now poses for friends on request. And this picture happens to be from one such shoot for Nirupam on various moods of women. “I love the boho-chic look and I love wearing clothes in black, white and grey. Usually, it’s comfortable chic for me with harem pants, Karachi pants and high waist trousers and comfortable tees ruling my wardrobe. But if the occasion is a bit formal, then it’s cotton saris all the way. For parties, I prefer well-fitted short dresses in asymmetrical cuts. I usually avoid prints,” tells the very attractive Soumi.
Being a fan of silver, all her accessories are mostly silver and she simply loves neckpieces and nose pins in various shapes and sizes. For make-up, it’s only thick-kohled eyes and nude lips for her, tells the trained kathak dancer who loves to watch movies during breaks.
Instagram handle: @sarcasmswadanusar
Ipsita Dey Sarkar | 34, height: 5 ft 4 inches
A professional make-up artist, who runs a salon, Ipsita loves to do modelling, too. A very casual dresser, Ipsita loves pairing her jeans with long Panjubi kurtas and loves wearing blue, black and white attires. “I also love one-piece, long, flowy dresses and for evening parties it’s always long gowns for me,” she adds. When it comes to saris, it’s always South silks for her and she simply loves wearing big floral prints and chikankari work.“Among accessories, I prefer oxidised chandelier earrings and generally like nude lips and at times red,” mentions Ipsita, who loves to cook and be one with nature, whenever she gets some free time.
Instagram handle: @ sarkarmuaipsita
Sanchi Sengupta | 25, height: 5 ft 3 inches
A flight attendant by profession, Sanchi loves getting clicked when not flying. “I love wearing everything and I am very comfortable in my skin, which is most important. I like wearing both Western and Indian clothes and usually, it’s a jeans-Tshirt combination for me,” tells the sporty girl who also loves flaunting the smart floral printed tunics in white and blue.
“I love cotton since it suits the kind of weather we live in and traditional saris from my mother’s wardrobe are my saving grace for formal occasions. Since we are always in bright, colourful make-up due to our profession, I don’t like indulging in make-up much when left to myself,” she informs.
Instagram handle: @travelpiesengupta
Shreelagna Banerjee | 20, height: 5 ft 6 inches
Modelling since last year, this third-year BCom student, who was among the top 10 contestants in a popular beauty contest in the city, aspires to be an actor.“I love wearing clothes that are comfortable and stylish at the same time. Nice, well-fitted yet comfortable clothing is my fashion mantra,” says Shreelagna, who mostly wears, cotton jumpsuits and flowy khadi dresses in bright pastel shades.
“I also love Bobby and floral prints and geometric patterns on fabrics. I think long, A-line silhouettes look best on me,” adds the spunky girl. When it comes to ethnic wear, it’s only handloom saris for her with nice kantha work or handpainted ethnic motifs on them.
“I love pairing them with tees, collared shirts, crop and tank tops. For night outs with friends, it’s something cool and flirty like high waist pants with tops paired with funky T-shirts,” tells Shreelagna. And if it’s an occasion, then she prefers short tight fitted dresses preferably in neon pinks or greens,” tells this trained bharatanatyam dancer, who loves silver earrings and minimal make-up.
Instagram: @shreelagna banerjee official