• Mathushaa Sagthidas

Shoots From Home, South East London

During my second year of university, I began exploring my Tamil culture, heritage and history through my projects such as

ஒருதீவிலிருந்துஒருநகரம் meaning “A city away from an Island” and மரபுகள் meaning “Traditions”. These projects of course involved a lot of primary and secondary research, creation of moodboards and concepts (which you can read more about here: https://www.mathushaasagthidasphotography.com/portfolio-1) and the reflection of all this work through shoots. Shoots that predominantly took place in my room, in my student flat in south east London.

An image from ஒருதீவிலிருந்துஒருநகரம் meaning “A city away from an Island”

Photography by me ©


An image from ஒருதீவிலிருந்துஒருநகரம் meaning “A city away from an Island”

Photography by me ©


An image from ஒருதீவிலிருந்துஒருநகரம் meaning “A city away from an Island”

Photography by me ©

Before these project shoots, I had never considered creating and producing images and shoots from home, I was very comfortable and still am shooting on various and different locations across London. One of the main reason why I had started shooting from home, was the lack of natural light and miserable weather in London and then coronavirus leading to restrictions in March (something affected my மரபுகள் meaning “Traditions” more compare my previous project, ஒருதீவிலிருந்துஒருநகரம் meaning “A city away from an Island”). I was very lucky with the space that I had as it was a perfect ‘white space’ corner, which has enough room to work with models as well as including creative props at the same time. From this point onwards I started considering shooting indoors with various models, as it gave me chance to explore creating my own theatrical sets for shoots, without having to constantly pay for an experience studio space. From doing this I learnt that it’s best to have a large sized clean white fabric for a back drop as well the floor to create this white background, as well as adding this homemade feel to the photos.

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