Breathe…click…exhale…. This is what beauty sounds like…
This is the puzzle, pieces falling into place.
“You will hear most photographers, most artists, tell you that they see beauty everywhere, around every corner, in every face, in every shadow, every trace of light. I cannot. I see the odium, bourne of the chaos that life provides. I rearrange the pieces…hold them in hand, mold and shape…this is what I am, this is what I give.”
Distilled into the soft quiet beauty of the moment…to be the eye of the beholder, taking what is not there, stripping away what is not needed.
“Real life, domestic life, the days that we move in and out of so easily…this is so far removed from the apparitions that I realize through the work.”
…Ash and the collected talent curled around him are having the quietest most idealistic argument ever. Their silhouettes falling against the soft darkness of the loft as their gazes bathed in, and fixed intently on, the light of the images before them. Lowered voices and intense comments…half empty bottles of wine. They pause, the tension lifts, eyes are closed for a moment as heads are slowly drawn back…cigarette break. “Every image is a life, a moment, a world…and everyone sees the world through their own eyes. I cannot help but give myself in the images I create…cannot help but live out my own dreams through the creation of them. I don’t document beauty…. these images are not Xeroxes of the world around you…they are the light from a small gap that looks onto something else.
Maximillian Xavier on Ash Gupta 2004
Over the past two decades, Ash Gupta, has been the central figure in a nebulous of creative minds and energy. Guiding a group of talented individuals, he set out to follow a dream, and now that dream has taken shape as Studio 838.
Studio 838 is looking for talented models, makeup artists, and wardrobe stylists who are motivated to work with us.