City photographer Debarshi Sarkar clicks four beautiful Kolkata models
It was his quest to transform written words into a visual form that drew the 31-year-old Debarshi Sarkar towards the camera. “I used to write poetry since my college days and I wanted to give visual imagery to my writings. And, while doing so, I slowly realised my love for photography, which grew so strong that I decided not to pursue post-graduation after completing my Bachelor’s in microbiology from Scottish Church College,” says the young shutterbug.
Hence, after earning a formal degree in the basics of wielding a lens from Light and Shadow Photography Institute, Sarkar started discovering his talents, mostly through lines and forms in streets, and whatever little is left of nature in our urban landscape. Determined to make a mark in the world of fashion and advertising, Debarshi is taking some very positive steps to carve out his identity in the fiercely competitive stream. “My main challenge has always been to make the same subject or model look distinctively different in each frame, and capture unique expressions. But at the same time, I don’t want to restrict myself to a particular genre, and I love exploring, as that helps me grow immensely,” says the lensman, who has been in the circuit for the past eight years.
In these pictures, he feels that Puspita, who is new to the field, is extremely mouldable, and has a very interesting facial structure. “I also like the texture and style of her hair,” he adds. As Monami is a professional dancer, Debarshi feels that her expressions are near perfect, and her body posture is accurate. “With Satakshi, as she has a wide vocabulary when it comes to body movement, her expressions in front of the lens are very uninhibited and unrestricted. Teesta is a stage artiste and has a very cerebral look, which she reciprocates to the camera with a lot of finesse,” says Sarkar. He also loves to write, read and explore the unique corners of the city when not working.
Debarshi Sarkar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Insta handle: @sarkardebarshi19. Mobile: 98308-03351.
Satakshi Nandy | 27, height: 5 ft 1 inch
An actor and a movement artiste, Satakshi is a performer who uses a lot of physicality in her work. But when not working, comfort is the key to her dressing choices. “I don’t think much before wearing something. I am a very spontaneous dresser, who is always in the trial-and-error mode. But I love wearing loose pants and shirts and tees or shorts and jeans mostly in pastel shades,” says the pretty young thing, who also like colours like dark red, bottle green and brown. When it comes to traditional wear, plain South cotton saris in solid colours are the ones she opts for. “I love pants and shirts too for formal occasions — I love the androgynous look. When it comes to accessories, I love large metal or golden hoops, and efficient working bags, into which I can put everything. Covered shoes and boots also go with my look,” says Satakshi, adding that she doesn’t like using lipstick much. “It’s only a hint of kajal and mascara for me,” says the spunky girl.
Instagram handle: @satakshinandy
Teesta Roy Barman | 25, height: 5 ft 2 inches
A former media person, who’s now busy preparing for teaching jobs in college, Teesta is also working as an assistant director in an independent movie. “Comfort is very important while choosing clothes, and I like cotton because it’s breathable. I like wearing loose-fit clothes and knee-length dresses besides shirts and tees in solid colours. My favourite colours are black, yellow and red,” says Teesta. For formal occasions, she loves to wear solid-coloured cotton saris and pairs them with tops and shirts to lend a quirky look. “I am not at all a jewellery person and I wear only a beaded or a silver anklet on one of my ankles. I love bags, especially totes, as I carry a world inside my bag,” she adds.
Instagram handle: @teestaroybarman
Monami Nandy | 34, height: 5 ft 5 inches
As a practising Odissi danseuse for the past 10 years, Monami simply loves cotton fabrics, especially Kotpad cotton, and is a collector of comfortable lungis in different weaves from across the country, including Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Assam. “I love wearing tops and kurtis over lungis, as they’re not only comfortable, but also very stylish,” says Monami. For an evening out with friends, she prefers long flowy dresses, and the cuts depend on her mood. “The traditional occasions always call for handwoven cotton saris, and I love pairing them with silver jewellery, especially chunky earrings,” she tells us. Make-up comprises smudged kohl and South Indian dry kumkum on her forehead. She also loves wearing her lips nude.
Instagram handle: @maharisardar
Puspita Patra | 22, height: 5 ft 5 inches
Pushpita is currently pursuing a post-graduation degree in history, besides acting in theatres and engaging in occasional modelling. “Since I spend most of my days outside, I prefer wearing comfortable clothes in cotton, such as tops or light denim shirts and palazzos. I also love wearing mid-length flowy skirts, and I often mix and match my clothes. When it comes to ethnic wear, it has to be a sari,” says the effervescent girl. Though she is not an accessories person, she loves to wear bracelets, finger rings and earrings in copper and silver colours, and likes chunky watches, both in metal and leather straps. “I hardly use make-up, but if I do, I use kajal or liner with mascara and lipstick. Dark brownish red and chocolate are my favourite lip shades,” says the girl, who also loves to curl up and read a book.
Instagram handle: @puspitapatra20