Born and raised in Indore, Pravesh Vyas has a tale to tell about his career in fashion photography. He was just a normal engineering student who loved seeing the world through his camera. Apart from being a talented photographer, he is also a good painter and an artist.
A glimpse into how Pravesh climbed the ladder of success-
Q. How did you discover photography as an interest back in your college days?
A. I was a born artist. In my childhood, I used to paint and make sketches of Hindu Gods, automobiles, village landscapes, etc. Later on, my parents pushed me towards my studies so I had to quit all this. When I was in 12th standard (2009-10), I used to take pictures of my friends by directing the pose and framing shots. I purchased my first camera (Canon 650D) when I started my college. I was doing Engineering in Mechanical branch from a college in Indore named Acropolis Institute of Technology & Research. I purchased the camera when I passed my 1st semester and started clicking landscapes and people as well. Friends started liking the pictures and started giving compliments. That motivated me and made me more interested in the field of photography.
Q. Why did you shift to Mumbai after dropping out from college?
A. I quit my engineering in the final year (2013) as I failed in my academics. Although I wasn’t very good in studies, I always wanted to be an automobile engineer. But back then none of the colleges offered the course in Indore and my parents didn’t allow me to go to any other city. They further influenced me to choose Mechanical branch. Well, after quitting college, I decided to shift to Mumbai and try my luck there by assisting some of the good fashion photographers, having the least idea about whom I had to work with. Things were tough at home, as my parents did not agree to the idea of shifting to Mumbai. Finally, after immense persuasion, they permitted and let me move to one of my friend’s apartment in Goregaon West in Mumbai. Later on, after gaining nothing, I came back to Indore at the end of the year 2013 & started doing things by myself.
Q. What led you to fashion-photography and not any other genre in photography?
A. Encouraging people motivated me and I chose fashion as a career after quitting engineering. When I read about fashion, I got to know that there is so much in this field which I can try. I love experimenting with things, so I got attracted to fashion as it is a vast field where you can experiment with compositions, create sets, go to different places, shoot people, experiment with lights and so on. It’s not like I don’t do anything other than fashion; I shoot landscapes and do street photography as well, but I found fashion the most interesting.
Q. What were the challenges in learning photography from google and youtube?
A. In the beginning when I started doing photography, I used to google the topic and gather information. I got some very useful information from an online digital photography school by subscribing to its newsletters and making notes out of it. I have never gone to any photographer or institution to learn photography or fashion photography till now. I never felt anything as a challenge while learning because I was very much influenced by fashion photography and I just kept on reading and watching whatever came to me. I have plenty of notes which I have made from the time I started learning basic photography till mastering in fashion photography. I still use google to gather new and detailed information about the field. Since I love giving time to myself more than to anyone else, I still enjoy learning and experimenting with things. I believe that one should always be a learner.
Q. Which was your first show?
A. The first show I did was a local fashion show of winter wears held in Indore Central mall in 2014.
Q. Which are the shows and films you have done so far?
A. I have participated in a contest with one of my colleagues (Pranay Maurya), conducted by Reebok India and got the video featured for one week on Star Sports (January 2017). I was a part of India Runway Week (Delhi April 2016), and shot a movie for Yoshita Couture by working with Bollywood actress Esha Gupta. I’ve been part of a fashion exhibition in Indore named as Yuvanaa and covered the whole event by photographing Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge as a showstopper with other international models. Further, I made a movie for an event on 17th October 2015 and covered the same event held on 19th February 2016 and worked with Karishma Tanna. Later on, I did a collaboration with a Music Community named as EnRoute Thursdays (Delhi) and shot a music video project in India for India-Pakistan (One Independence). For this, I’ve travelled to Mumbai, Delhi, Banaras and Mandu (Madhya Pradesh), to shoot Indian musicians and also worked as a Director Of Photography with the team (project done in April to May 2016). I’ve shot a music video for a Clothing brand named as Bollywoo.ooo (Indore) on 9th July 2017 and led the team as a DOP. Further, I’ve shot some fashion story videos which you can find on my YouTube channel.
Pravesh has truly proved that he has gifted hands, by which he has created many wonders. He has done many amazing fashion stories like ‘Nawab’, ‘Panchi’, ‘Soch’, ‘Sadhu’, and ‘Supermodel’.