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Ritesh Uttamchandani (@riteshuttamchandani) /riteshuttamchandani
A very close friend introduced me to Pink Floyd when I was in college. He did so because he was a bit aghast at the music I was listening, nothing but a whole lot of noise. It took me a while to appreciate Floyd, and after repeatedly watching the band’s videos for a few weeks the first thing I did was chop my long hair and abandon the skinny stoner look. I mean, here were these four ordinary looking folk, and all their energies seemed to be focussed on what they were making. A beautiful fallout of listening to Floyd is their album art made more often than not by Storm Studios aka Storm Thorgerson. I’d highly recommend the book Taken By Storm to get a glimpse into their mad pre-photoshop world. Fast forward to the 2000s, I found myself in the photographer’s pit at Roger Waters’ concert in Bombay. Photographers are allowed in only for two songs and the atmosphere in the pit can put to shame a 630 pm Bombay local. Elbows out to break ribs, cameras colliding, abuse flies thick and freely : not really the best way to make pictures. That too, from a stupid angle. A little before my 2 song limit, I handed my gear to a friend in the crowd and leaped over the barricades while the security wasn’t watching and managed to photograph the entire concert. This photo, too, remains unpublished. But I offered a print of this to 4 of my friends. Two of them lost the print while moving houses (or some such reason), one has it in her house and the guy who introduced me to Pink Floyd tore his print for it reminded him of a very bad time in his youth. P.S. For those who know me now, I did have long hair. Trust me, I’m a Journalist.A very close friend introduced me to Pink Floyd when I was in college. He did so because he was a bit aghast at the music I was listening, nothing but a whole lot of noise. It took me a while to appreciate Floyd, and after repeatedly watching the band’s videos for a few weeks the first thing I did was chop my long hair and abandon the skinny stoner look. I mean, here were these four ordinary looking folk, and all their energies seemed to be focussed on what they were making. 
A beautiful fallout of listening to Floyd is their album art made more often than not by Storm Studios aka Storm Thorgerson. I’d highly recommend the book Taken By Storm to get a glimpse into their mad pre-photoshop world. 
Fast forward to the 2000s, I found myself in the photographer’s pit at Roger Waters’ concert in Bombay. Photographers are allowed in only for two songs and the atmosphere in the pit can put to shame a 630 pm Bombay local. Elbows out to break ribs, cameras colliding, abuse flies thick and freely : not really the best way to make pictures. That too, from a stupid angle. 
A little before my 2 song limit, I handed my gear to a friend in the crowd and leaped over the barricades while the security wasn’t watching and managed to photograph the entire concert. This photo, too, remains unpublished. But I offered a print of this to 4 of my friends. Two of them lost the print while moving houses (or some such reason), one has it in her house and the guy who introduced me to Pink Floyd tore his print for it reminded him of a very bad time in his youth.

P.S. For those who know me now, I did have long hair. 
Trust me, I’m a Journalist.source: https://www.instagram.com/riteshuttamchandani

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