Rashmi + Thomas, the Wedding Album

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Rashmi + Thomas, wedding album

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Rashmi & Thomas, wedding album

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Rashmi & Thomas, wedding album

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The wedding album

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Rashmi & Thomas

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Layflat design

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Inner layout design

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Branding and logo

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Inner layout design

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Branding and online viewable link+QR

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Casing for the album

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Closing page.

Wedding photographs by Abhishek BA and Ankit Banerjee.
Album Design & Print by Oodio Studio.

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Hometown

In November 2016, I finally got my only chance to document my native home in Calcutta.

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Collapsible gates to the garage which once sheltered two cars

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The characteristic yellow with the common Calcutta green lines compensated the cuboidal structure of the house.

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A bathroom placed outside the house.

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As all old houses do, this one features a large backyard too.

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Spacious balcony terrace which has always been a space for commonly drying laundry, big gatherings during events, and for dry leaves and moss now.

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Simple decor railings and worn out wooden doors.

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Small balconies attached to every room on the top floor which faced the road made primary facade of the house.

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The color palette and textures that remain distinct over the years.

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Orthogonal lines and staircase on the inside.

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The main living and dining area of the house.

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The kitchen which is strategically partitioned for vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and God.

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Only God related vessels allowed here.

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The living and study room.

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My grandparents’ bedroom.

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Almost every room owned a table and a chair which is a rarity in most houses today.

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Simple spaced rooms.

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Iconic rings which served as window knobs.

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Infested with cobwebs, such windows are classic to Calcutta in general and this house too.

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Caging bar window grills layered with rust are my earliest memories of this place.

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The garage which blew its shed and only homes trash now.

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Flora of the house showcased trees like banana, Indian bael (aka Bengal quince), and Mangoes!

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While the fauna included cats, rats, few snakes, and a scourge of mosquitoes.

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For time has only set this house to creep into rust.

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Upanayana of Rishab Mohan, the album.

Back in 2013, I used to intern at this small design and post production company called Oodio Studio in Bangalore, India. After my tenure of 4 months there, I moved on to pursuing my photography independently. Years later in 2016, I placed a Design & Print order for the Upanayana of Rishab Mohan I shot recently. This book is a Medium Landscape 9” x 11” SLIM Flushmount Signature book with Fawn Brown Leatherette. I must draw attention to the flawless production and branding by the folks at Oodio. Their work is on point and it makes me so happy to have once been a part of this firm.

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Outer packaging, carry bag

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Album Casing

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The Signature album

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Fawn Brown Leatherette

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SLIM Flushmount (20 sheets)

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Medium Landscape 9” x 11”

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Spineless binding

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Medium Landscape 9” x 11”

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Opening Page, event details

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Heavy gauge 500 GSM Matte paper

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Flushmount book

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Silver Halide printing

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Silver Halide Printing, Heavy gauge 500 GSM Matte paper

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Designed by Oodio

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Completely flat

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Really, completely flat

 

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Custom Message Card

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QR code & web link to album

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Logo and Signage

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Branding

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End page with contact details

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Branding on back of the book

I will admit, it makes me emotional to be on the client side of the company. The work flow, the communication, the delivery commitment, is as makhhan (butter) smooth. These guys not only taught me the craft and the work of post production, but also give me the constant motivation to do what I do, better.

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Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there and why is it meaningful to you?

June 10th 2013

6:00 AM, the alarm rings, I head out for a run. It’s almost 7:00 AM now and I need to freshen up, have breakfast and leave for work. 8:20 AM, getting past the typical Monday morning rush hour, I manage to make it on time. At Oodio, we always have a morning call at 9:00 AM with the co-founder who allocates us jobs for the day. 9:30 AM, I have been assigned to cover a conference for Microsoft Ventures and I must head out to the shoot pronto. 

Since I never had formal photography training, it was indeed an exciting challenge to understand all the technical factors that made a great photo ‘great’. Oodio, fully aware of my inexperience, took me on board as their youngest intern. Initially, learning was just random experimentation with a lot of dark, white, and blurry images; now I exactly understand what each number means.

10:20 AM, Microsoft India Research Labs awes me with its giant American corporate feel and the conference commences at the Accelerator. 12:30 PM, seeking an opportunity of the refreshment break, as the President of The Debate Club, I have to make some calls to the co-organizers of The Bait ’13 (an inter-city competition we are organizing) enquiring about a venue for the event.

3:00 PM, the conference ends at Microsoft and grabbing a bite of a cheese sandwich, I head back to office to back up all the coverage data. I reach Oodio and learn that our e-commerce clients and wedding photographers landed us with new jobs for post-production and so I decide to take them up. 4:00 PM, the co-organizer informs me that the venue costs 60,000 INR. This worries me as The Debate Club Bangalore already has a negative figure balance. 5:00 PM, the part I look forward to the most, I head to piano class and my new teacher ensures that I have a thorough practice session. I feel rejuvenated.

Traveling always gets me thinking about my choices—“You plan to just sit at home for a year?” People often confuse a gap year with inactivity whereas my reality is far from it. When I graduated from high school, I had boldly decided to take an unconventional detour. Although I felt quite scared, I chose to add value to my life and engage in things that I felt a personal connection with. For the first time by this decision, I wasn’t living someone else’s life.

Oh well, I have bigger worries—I need press coverage for the debate event. No, I need a venue first!

7:00 PM, I’m home; I boot my laptop and start designing a sponsorship brochure. 8:30 PM, the organizing team reviews the brochure, implements necessary changes after which I send it out to all companies who could potentially partner with The Debate Club. 9:00 PM, after 17 long emails, I realise that I also have to send out e-invites to all the schools in Bangalore. 9:30 PM, we begin an hour-long conference call with the organisers, who, with their diverse opinions, made it really intense. Meanwhile, my caring mother ensured that I gulped a few spoons of rice and curry. 10:30 PM, I need to start researching on Mexico for Harvard Model United Nations India 2013. This is my first MUN conference, another opportunity to stand in front of an audience, and do what I love, to express my opinions on a topic in search of viable solutions. 12:00 AM, I usually spend time learning on Quora, but tonight I just feel like reading V. S. Ramachandran’s “Phantoms in The Brain”. I don’t know what time it is, I have fallen asleep, awesomely content.

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

“….No college? You plan to just sit at home for a year?”

The magic of growing up in India is that, every individual has a unique story to tell. I was born to a typical Bengali family of high academic rank holders and toppers. When I graduated from high school, I had boldly decided to take an unconventional detour because I believed that I was more than a piece of paper judging me. The concept is not anew, but it was a life decision uncommon to my background. To most people it was hard to accept the fact that I was not attending college. Many often reminded me about the adverse effects and dreadful uncertainties of my “wasteful” decision. People often confuse a gap year with inactivity whereas my reality was far from it.

My fulfilling experience included photography shoots, trying my hand at videography, learning new software like Adobe Illustrator and Premier Pro, classical piano training and music making, reading mind expanding books, studying neuroscience and economics via online courses, attending my first MUN conference, and so on.

In the age of online tutorials, learning image post production is a just click away. As an amateur photographer, it was indeed an exciting challenge to understand all the technical factors that made a photo ‘great’. I interned at a photography firm called Oodio where, along with technical skills and work responsibilities, I also learnt priceless people skills. The work environment gave me a taste of the real world; decisions have consequences. It also helped me network and interact at entrepreneurial hubs such as the Microsoft Accelerator and Startup Leardership Program.

Further, I took my passion to argue – to the masses through The Debate Club, and ever since I have been better informed about the world and myself. In this active life I led in exploration, I met very interesting people and built truly wonderful relationships.

Although I felt quite scared, I chose to add value to my life and engage in things that I felt a personal connection with. I set goals and began to venture into things that I had very little experience in. By pursuing what I love, for the first time I was not living someone else’s life. My motivation was not to build an impressive résumé, but to acquire important life skills that took me closer to a happy place— mentally and physically.