We come across many people in our lives who are good at something or the other, the person that I’m about to introduce you all to today seems to have mastered skills in many fields. He is a brilliant photographer, an entrepreneur, a designer, a traveler, a foodie, he is into planes (ladies ahem) he can sing, dance and he is very charming 🙂 Ring any bells? This name does not need too much of a pretty introduction. He is the latest sensation in the world of men’s fashion with the launch of J Squares and has neatly taken care of the health conscious lot at the same time with LeanBox.
This handsome young man has been a household name for long. Ladies & gentlemen, I give you Jehanzeb Aftab.
W&S: Tell us about yourself?
JZ: My name is Jehanzeb Aftab, I’m a small business entrepreneur. I shoot people as a hobby and that’s how I got into photography
W&S: It’s often been said that mathematicians do their work best when they are young, philosophers when old, and photographers..?
JZ: Photographers do their work best when they are in the best of moods.
W&S: What inspired you to be a photographer?
JZ: I grew up looking at my father and playing with his camera which always made me curious about the black box (camera) and what goes on inside it.
W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?
JZ: I don’t think there is just one moment that can describe my entire life. I believe in living in the present. All your past moments be it good or bad collectively shape up your life.
W&S: As a photographer what do you specialize in?
JZ: I specialize in portrait and events.
W&S: What type of camera do you shoot with?
JZ: I use a Nikon
W&S: What lighting equipment you like working with?
JZ: I love working with an off camera flash used with an Octagon softbox.
W&S: Can you as a photographer relate to the importance of using Photoshop?
JZ: I think softwares and technology have had a great impact on photography and skills used in producing a final image.
W&S: A website or blog you often visit?
W&S: A photographer who inspires you?
JZ: Gavin Bond
W&S: Each location can have many different stories so how do you decide what you want to craft out of it?
JZ: It’s usually the clients pick as to what location they want to shoot at, as a photographer I give my best opinion.
W&S: Books that have inspired you?
W&S: Most memorable childhood memory?
JZ: Long road trips with old Bollywood songs from Dad’s collection.
W&S: You are known amongst your friends as?
JZ: The photographer
W&S: As a child, you grew up wanting to be?
JZ: I wanted to be a pilot.
W&S: Favorite cuisine?
W&S: Favorite vacation spot?
JZ: Puerto Rico
W&S: Qualities you look for in people?
W&S: One thing you wish you had designed?
JZ: Something I would really like to design is men’s suiting. Everyone is doing suits that are nice but there are specific cuts and the way they sit on your body..there is so much to it. I would really like to do this.
W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?
JZ: I came across this assignment sometime back that I would have wanted to take up, it was basically about real estate photography focused on architecture for a huge hotel chain where they wanted seven properties being shot over a period of six months. That really wasn’t feasible for me at the time as I was really busy with work and i couldn’t take 6 months off for another project. Nevertheless I wish I had that kind of time and resources back then to take that up.
W&S: What have you learned from your journey?
JZ: Work hard. Work smart and that is the only way to go in life. The harder, the smarter you work, it will get you places.
W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
JZ: Not very sure what I’ll be doing but I’m guessing that I probably will be moving deeper into the fashion industry, coming up with new projects, new lines. Let’s see how that works but that’s what I aim for.
W&S: Your thoughts on Wings & Strokes?
JZ: I think it’s a great platform for like-minded people to connect and share their thoughts. Very different and interesting content that flows through the blog and is always very helpful in many ways.
W&S: Thank you so much for your time Mr.Aftab, its been a pleasure. Wish you all the best for all your future endeavours! Cheers!
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