Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Photographer Manjari Sharma just wrapped up one of the more interesting photography projects that I’ve seen, where she used her own shower as the location to shoot models for a year.

As this is quite an unorthodox way of shooting, we asked Manjari for some information about the series.

When we wondered about the motivation for such a location, Manjari shares that

For the last few months I have been inviting people to visit my apartment and allow me to photograph them in a very intimate space; my bathroom. I have also been inviting them to take a shower as I continue to shoot them. I soon came to the observation that warm water running over my subjects bodies often relieved them of any unnerving awkwardness the camera brought about“, and she felt that “The dynamic changed; with the running water, subjects started to share with me some pretty intimate moments of their lives. I don’t think that would have come about at a kitchen table or a bar, and it happened pretty consistently, Whether it was about shower sex or parents separating, our conversation hit straight to the meat of matters, and the process was very organic

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Being raised in India, nudity was not trivial for Manjari, and she shares that

This Essay solely began as a labor of love, I was driven by a mad
passion and desire to document the sensory overload I personally
experienced. The texture, the drama, the undeniable sexuality, the
relief, it was all there. But when I photographed the first person in
that shower, it was nothing but a response to the visual

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Interestingly, Manjari does not use any special gear protection. She shoots with a Nikon D2X and only uses a lens filter and the cooperation of her subjects in splash avoidance.

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

Want To Get Your Subjects Comfortable In A Shoot? Get Them In A Shower

To see more of Manjari Sharma’s work you can visit her website here, and her blog here.

[The Shower Series | Manjari Sharma]

Thanks for sending the tip, Michael

  • Nick

    Ugly photos, i bet he is a perv

    • j.neutron.

      Just 8 words, and yet you have told me so much about yourself.

      • Reynardt Badenhorst

        Spot on!

        • http://www.valentenphotography.com Valenten

          yaa. The picts are really not ugly.

      • NIck

        I have seen many Photography projects where strangers were used to show their private life/nude etc.

        Those projects were made very professionally, you can tell by the quality and content.This one is far from professional it is more creepy than art!
        Nothing to do with DIY!

        There some more words 4 you ,have fun

  • mmcduffie1

    I often invite strangers over for a shower and film them. I get restraining orders and she gets a feature on DIY Photo?

  • kathy

    Love these pictures. Thank you for posting.

  • http://www.danielfisher.com.au/ Daniel Fisher

    Great little series. Really honest photos. I think the comments below trying to tear strips off these photos are more from the fact that this website and the audience is more about gear and DIY projects, rather than taking a step back and looking at these photos for what they are ….. being, art in their own right.

    Yes, art is subjective. However saying they are ugly photos is far off the mark.