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Quarantine art: 11 FaceTime shoots we can’t stop staring at

Quarantine might mean the world has come to a standstill, but creativity continues to flow. So, in a unique combination of imaginative minds-meet-technology, we came across several FaceTime photoshoots, where photographers have shot images or videos of their muses through FaceTime or any other video calling app. Shot for magazine covers, ad films, and more, they are a testament of the #newnormal. Take a look!

Taras Taraporvala X his many muses

Celebrity photographer Taras Taraporvala has conducted several photoshoots via the interweb of models and influencers, across the globe, during this lockdown — Tamiris Wenni, Gabriella Demetriades, and Jenny Rei are just a few names on that list. Taraporevala’s shoots are all about adding a dose of glamour to the everyday. Think diaries of quarantine, only hot.

Arshia Ahuja X Sagar Ahuja, Ishaan Nair, Allwyn Antony

Indian model Arshia Ahuja has been dominating our feeds lately with a slew of mini photoshoots, done in the comfort of her home, of course. She’s been snapped by a lineup of her favourite lensman, including Ishaan Nair, Allwyn Antony, and Sagar Ahuja. We love the one shot by Ahuja that has a play of light, giving it magazine-level quality.

Sephi Bergerson captures the world

Photographer Sephi Bergerson started a FaceTime photoshoots during peak lockdown, from his home in Goa. Bergerson captures families, individuals, and stories from around the world, showing the world in quarantine, from a very real perspective: There’s no posing, no drama. Just narratives deciphered through the camera. Some of these images are shot on iPhone via FaceTime.

Sasha Jairam x the Gen Z celeb kids

Sasha Jairam has been using quarantine time to shoot images of star kids, influencers, and new actors on the block. She’s lensed Alanna Panday, Shanaya Kapoor, Medha Rana, and Alaya F. Each one of her muses has an aesthetic of her own. While some shots have a cute-sy photobooth feel, others have a more candid vibe.

Angela Kritikos X Demi Lovato & Nikita Dragun

Lovato’s a singing sensation and Nikita’s a trans queen, influencer, model, and more. Photographer Angela Kritikos shot the ladies over FaceTime, and there are more images to come. If their Instagrams are anything to go by, then we know to expect empowering content and these shoots are no less. Unlike other FaceTime photographs, Kritikos’ creativity lies in videos and awe-inducing creatives.

Alessio Albi & the Models

Famous Conde Nast photographer Alessio Albi shot a bunch of models in various locations, all through video calling! The result? Arresting images of Lauren De Graaf, Jena Goldsack, Inka Williams, and other international models gracing his feed for our viewing pleasure.

Ruth Hogben X Skims By Kim Kardashian West

Photographer and videographer Ruth Hogben has a unique aesthetic, and it shines through on her feed. She shot a virtual campaign video for Skims, Kim Kardashian West’s line of shapewear and loungewear, and it features Kourtney Kardashian, Stephanie Shepherd Huganami, Mallika Haqq, Kylie Jenner, Khadijah Haqq McCray, Anastasia Karanikolaou, Kim Kardashian West, and Khloe Kardashian. The video is modelled after 90s home videos, and the throwback is so comforting.

Akshay Tambe X women around the world

Akshay Tambe has shot several models and influencers over the lockdown period. The portraits from across the globe are absolutely beautiful. The aesthetics of each image varies widely, which just goes to show that Tambe is happy to explore the many facets of the medium at this point.

Gorkey Patwal X Boss Ladies

Delhi-based photographer Gorkey Patwal shot several real women, friends and influencers, as part of his on-going FaceTime photoshoots using wide-lens photography. It features jewellery designers, actors, musicians, and more in their homes, the easy vibe of the series coming through in the languid body language of the subjects.

Roshini Kumar X Shereen Sikka

Roshni Kumar shot blogger Shereen Sikka of Love And Other Bugs in a bright, graphic series that’s bound to bring a smile to your face. The series is about inclusivity and acceptance, where the theme is presented through quotes etched and struck out on Sikka’s hand and across the images. These bright and vivid images demand an Instagram filter of their own.

Kevin Nunes X Models – Arlette Evita Grao & Shruthy Menon

Kevin Nunes, a fashion photographer based in Mumbai shot his muses — models Arlette and Shruthy – through breath-taking FaceTime photoshoots. He even shares his experience, along with some tips and tricks on how to conduct a first-time virtual photoshoot. For some of these shots, he has used AnyDesk, a remote desktop application that offers remote control, file transfer, and VPN functionality.

Devanshi Kapadia

Kapadia is a content writer & creator. For over six years, she’s worked with brands and digital portals like Asian Paints, Kellogg’s, Glamrs, MissMalini.com, and more. Reading is her first love and she’s got a penchant for drama. So, you can always find her chasing a good story.