Behind The Shot

Location: Fort Nagar, India

Camera:  Olympus E M-10 Mark 2

Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 30mm f/1.8 Lens

Settings: 1/100 F2.8 3200 ISO

The Shot: Kathakali is a major form of classical Indian dance and is distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face masks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. one of the main forms of classical dance-drama, it is indigenous to southwestern India, and is based on subject matter from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and stories from Shaiva literature. The actors allowed visitors access to the elaborate preparations before the performance with took upwards of 90 minutes – while this was a technically difficult shot due to the extremely low lighting conditions, the actors were undisturbed by the cameras presence and allowed ample opportunity to get it shot.

Traditional Indian Kathakali actor having make up appiled