Capturing passion of the catwalk
While most photographers were trying to capture the clothes, Rajeev Bajwa was looking for the emotion of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Mr Bajwa, a freelance photographer, was an official photographer for the event.
He shot the catwalk section of numerous shows as well as capturing behind-the-scenes action as models and designers were preparing.
Mr Bajwa said the priority at fashion week was to take photos which best present the clothes.
In between the approximately 25 runway shows he worked at he tried to capture the emotional intensity.
‘‘I look out for specific shots, how they chill out in their relaxing time.’’
Mr Bajwa said models worked several shows a day with work that could be uncomfortable.
In his photos Mr Bajwa was trying to reveal how tired models were, how comfortable, if they’re laughing, how they prepare for shows and how designers are transforming them for their shows.
‘‘What makes each photographer dissimilar is how we see things differently.’’
If he could capture emotion on the catwalk and the clothes he felt he had a complete photo.
To get the job Mr Bajwa, who has worked as a freelancer for several years, had to submit a portfolio of his work.
‘‘I had a nice time, got to mix with other photographers,’’ he said.
Mr Bajwa’s work from fashion week has been published in New Zealand and Australia.
BUSY BUSY: Rajeev Bajwa covered about 25 fashion shows during fashion week, including Sabatini.
TOP MODEL: Among those Rajeev Bajwa photographed was America’s Next Top Model winner Nichol Miller.
SHARED MOMENT: Rajeev Bajwa succeeds in capturing models relaxing during New Zealand Fashion Week.