I saw the movie “Call me by your name” before summer began, but it stirred up in me an anticipatory infatuation for a season I had recently started to dread. There is a charm to the season that I had almost forgotten but after watching the movie (which is predominantly shot in summer), I found myself rekindled with the poetry behind it. I was transported to times when I was in love, to a time when the harshness of the Indian summer didn’t even cross my mind, when the sun made everything more beautiful and magical, especially when it played hide and seek with my lovers face.
This summer, I look back on a love that many summers ago exalted us, a love that engrossed us, so effortlessly, almost all at once, a love that felt timeless, impenetrable, a love that no longer manifests in front of my eyes, but reaches out to me gently through the rays of light reminiscent of a time when it was still mine to hold.
I’d be lying if I said that the outfit I am wearing wasn’t inspired by the movie. I owned each of these pieces before watching the movie, but had never paired them together. At some level, the oversized linen shirt, the chino shorts, and sneakers all take cues from Oliver’s garb in the movie.
Note: This is the first time I have done a story shot entirely on the iPhone instead of a DSLR. I was a bit apprehensive at first about whether the iPhone would be able to capture light and colors in the way I wanted, but I feel we've reached a point with technology where the iPhone almost performs better than an older entry/mid level DSLR. The details are almost as crisp, the light and colors turn out better almost, because these get displayed and can be altered live, which is a more intuitive way of making adjustments for most. A key area where my DSLR still performs better, is at capturing depth of field (a style that I feel has ironically been overdone, specially since its pseudo arrival to the world of phones.)
Thank you Andy, for capturing the vision behind this post so beautifully.