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Capturing our Collection

Capturing our Collection

A Weekend in Pushkar

My work with blocked by clark is always full of adventure, it has connected me to a wonderful network of people, some of whom have become close friends. Working on a new collection always brings me back to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, a colourful and vibrant state in North India.

Jalebi Chowk, Pink City, Jaipur

Even in such a beautiful place finding the perfect setting for a photoshoot always presents a challenge as there are so many elements that have to come together at the same time and place. This years shoot took us a little further afield to the holy city of Pushkar.

I have only travelled to Pushkar once before, for just one night, but that night was enough for Inn Seventh Heaven (www.inn-seventh-heaven.com) to make a lasting impression. It is a traditional Haveli still maintaining its old world charm. The four floors are covered with a cascade of climbing plants who’s branches flow from the rooftop all the way down to the open courtyard on the ground floor. The floors and rooms are furnished in an eclectic style and are based around the open courtyard.

CourtyardChandan Sharma - Lenswork Photograhy @Lensw0rk

We travelled to Pushkar by road from Jaipur as it is only a two and a half hour drive. Between the team, the equipment, the luggage and the samples of our new collection it was a tight squeeze but with some very efficient loading from the multi talented Juhi we managed to squeeze ourselves and everything else into one car!

The team this year consisted of myself (Nicola Clark, founder of Blocked by Clark), my good friend and co maker Juhi Jain (@juhiijaiin) also founder and designer the boutique Jutti (Indian hand crafted leather shoes) brand @sozanjaipur www.sozanjaipur.com, Chandan Sharma photographer extraordinaire and Founder & Creative Head of Lenswork (@lensw0rk) and Akshay (@akayy_photography) budding photographer and intern with Lenswork who also did a fab job of catching some great behind the scenes footage of our shoot.

 Behind the scenes video by @akayy_photography

The shoot took over one and a half days and the team worked so well together that it hardly felt like work at all. With an abundance of great shots during the day it was easy to kick back and enjoy the evenings in Pushkar. I’ll leave a list of some of our favourite spots at the end of this post incase you’re thinking of a visit!

A highlight of the shoot was heading out onto the streets. The colour and vibrancy are infectious and it wasn’t long until passers by started to gather around to get into the photos with us. Chandan and Akshay did an amazing job of capturing the magic of this amazing afternoon full of smiles, laughter and tons of silly antics.

Pushkar Chandan Sharma - Lenswork Photograhy @Lensw0rk

Eat and Drink

U turn cafe
U turn Hotel
Choti Basti, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022, India

Lakeview cafe – Hotel Lake View
Sadar Bazar 187, Badri Ghat, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022
http://cafelakeview.izen.at/

Sunset cafe
Near Pushkar Lake, Main Market Rd
305022 Pushkar

Falafel shop (Laffa & Falafel)
Main Market Rd

Stay

Inn Seventh Heaven
www.inn-seventh-heaven.com