I took up photography early, but stopped after marriage: Waheeda Rehman | Bollywood

On World Photography Day, the veteran actor talks about her love of capturing the Nature, birds and animals; provides she plans on taking a visit subsequent year to discover her ardour additional

By Titas Chowdhury

PUBLISHED ON AUG 18, 2021 11:41 PM IST

A number of years again, Waheeda Rehman determined to study photography. At 81, she put up photos from her safaris throughout the globe in an exhibition for the primary time. A photophile since a younger age, her love for the craft took a backseat as soon as she acquired married and her kids started taking up most of her time.

“I started photography very early but there was no one to teach me. At that time, I bought a Rolleiflex camera. I started clicking photographs using that by reading the literature in the manual. I always carried it every time I stepped out of my house or during outdoor shoots,” she shares.

Talking about how she usually reached out to cinematographers of her movies to assist her study the artwork, the veteran actor says, “I remember asking Faredoon A Irani (cinematographer) about the technicalities and settings of clicking a picture. He used to say to me, ‘Don’t ask me. I use a big camera.’ So, there wasn’t much help I received there (laughs). They used to be busy with their work.”

It was in 2014 when she met skilled photographer Himanshu Seth who finally taught her photography: “He began taking groups to safaris, both in India and abroad. He would make all the arrangements and at the main camp, he would teach us. I like capturing the nature and birds and animals in their own habitats. Sometimes, we would keep going to the same location just to capture them in different kinds of lighting.”

But Rehman has no plans of internet hosting one other exhibition. She’s eagerly ready to make a journey as soon as normalcy restores. “I wish I could do it regularly. Par ghar pe kaam rehta hai. I want to keep learning from my mistakes and improve my craft,” the Delhi 6 (2019) actor ends.


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