We start off the first part of our series on automotive photographers by featuring the work of Mumbai-based photographer, Kartik Sadekar
I was born in Dubai and moved back to Mumbai as a toddler, in the late ‘80s. I have a degree in hospitality management, but I guess destiny has its way. Automobiles have always been a passion, and the photography bug bit me hard growing up, looking at some amazing images in magazines and posters. Today, I specialize in automotive, fashion, lifestyle and food/beverage photography. I have shot for some premier publications over the years and also shoot for automotive OEMs as well.
Some of my clients include Porsche India, Volvo Auto India, Mahindra and Mahindra, Jaguar Land Rover India and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars APAC/Middle East. Apart from photography, I have an avid interest in motorcycles. I have owned several bikes over the years and currently own a Kawasaki Z1000. Riding is my way to unwind from hectic schedules. I love travelling, and I have been to most parts of India and some great countries around the world, thanks to my work, some favourites of which you’re looking at in these pages.
This image of the beautiful 1972 Porsche 912 was shot in Dubai, for a top automotive magazine from India. I was totally mesmerized by this car, and on how well the owner had restored it. The setting sun and the colour of the car added to the look of this shot.
DODGE CHALLENGER SRT HELLCAT
This 700 bhp supercharged monster was shot in Dubai, at the Al Qudra lakes. The weather was very stormy, and getting worse by the minute. For this shot, I was on the roof of another moving car and managed to get this dynamic frame. And yes, I lived to see another day.
What can I say about this Pony? A classic, iconic car with a modern touch, but the same DNA. This shot was taken in a parking lot, with a single light. I wanted to give an underground racing look to this image, and that matches the car for sure. The red from the tail lamps added a nice touch to the image.
PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS
This car is a total track weapon and a proper missile. This image was shot at a warehouse, for Porsche India, before its launch. I had to climb a 15-foot ladder to get this perspective, and I must say the car does look like a maniac from this angle. It had to be pushed around the warehouse, as it was brand new, and even the pre-delivery inspection hadn’t been done. A great effort by the whole team.