Monday, November 2, 2009

"All that you need to make a film is a gun and a girl" - Godard

I had written this as my study paper in March at my Institute. On this great filmmaker that I am exploring called 'Jean-Luc Godard' Read and try to watch his films like 'Breathless' and 'A Band Apart' I do have both the films on DVD so if anybody want to see them you can just call me. :)


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Canon 5D Mark ll Trials.

Canon 5D Mark ll trails from Swapnil Sonawane on Vimeo.

Shot on the 5D, extremely impressive, great colors, beautifully sharp. The video has a slight shake coz I was pulling the focus on a the huge n heavy 70-200mm lens and the camera was on a not so great Manfrotto tripod. :P

I really want to shoot more on this one!

Another freeze frame from one of the videos.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gas station. Bangalore.

Shot on a Sony point-and-shoot. Think it was at 5:45 in the morning.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just putting it togather.

Both the places don't look any thing like they do in these pictures :P

Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Accidents

Shot on film with my 35mm Nikon FM2. Developed and scanned at a careless, stupid film processing lab in madras. Resulted in some beautiful landscapes. Happy accidents as Conrad Hall would say :)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Silent Gallery.

I did this series in Delhi as a part of this photography workshop conducted by Beat Presser (swiss photographer) in December 08. We spent 10 amazing days exploring the concept 'My Oasis Of Silence'. And the deal was, by the end of the workshop every photographer should come up with a series of photographs depicting his/her oasis of silence.

I found my silence in the ever silent walls and ceilings of the 'National Gallery of Modern Art'. As they have to be latent and take a backseat so that the paintings by the great artists can be in the limelight.

Every time I go to Delhi I find myself spending hours at this beautiful Gallery.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mumbai edit

One fine day Hayden comes up to me and says that he wants some cool looking slides to project on a screen behind the band that he plays in. They were suppose to perform at some concert. Now I get hyper about it and say that I'll only make a video and that he's suppose to pay for the travel and other small expences. :P He discusses it with his band and says yes. Pamila aka pami has a new camera that she wants to play with. I tell her about this small project and she gets hyper about it. We decided and shot this on a Sunday.

Music is from the movie Aamir and it's been edited by Chandana.

Mumbai Edit from Swapnil Sonawane on Vimeo.

hmm... it's a bit long (11mins), but it's fun.
special love for pami and hayden who paid for it :P

Friday, May 29, 2009

HMImonstura by: Harsh

The photograph that I took on a shooting location

and this is what Harsha makes out of it! Now is he cool or what! :D Hats off to you man.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lazy yes : guilty no!

It was an amazingly lazy weekend. Came down to Bangalore to meet pavee and nishat, I got in there house at around 9:00 pm on 22nd and haven't stepped out as yet! (24th 8:46 pm :P) Just saw films and slept and ate some great food that nishat cooked. :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Linju in love :P

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Linju the gentle giant, talking to his girlfriend. :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

PhotoStory! :)

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The day my cycle said... enough is enough! from Swapnil Sonawane on Vimeo.

The unseen rise

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The unseen rise from Swapnil Sonawane on Vimeo.

Just an experiment with animation and time-laps photography!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


A beautiful place with some beautiful friends and my camera, nothing beats that combination!
I went to Puducherry (Pondi) last weekend, had heard about the place for so long,
about it's former French colony and the beach cafes! We even hired some bikes and went around the city, which was really great, though I wouldn't go so far and say that it was better than riding in Goa but even these rides are worth it. Went to Auroville for a while, I thought that the place was nice but not a kind of place that would really trigger me.

Walking in and around the french colony area was really good and it does give a feel that you are not in India but it doesn't last long, as u step out of those lanes you are back to what we best know as a city (peeep peep, honk honk) :P

While taking all the photographs below I somehow thought of including the pavement's into the frame. I think that's what binds the entire series together.