Indrani gives perspective on why she and Markus are such a good pair, yet butt heads.

Jun 21, 2010

Welcome to my world of passionate image making. You may not know me yet, but you probably know my visions—images that began in my head (and the heads of Markus and GK) which now live on in yours. I’m talking about definitive photographs of Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kate Winslet, Britney Spears, David Bowie, and many others that we have created.

For 20 years, I’ve analyzed, art directed, and embodied imaging arts and fashion, first as a model, then a cultural anthropologist at Princeton, now as a fashion photographer and digital artist. With my creative partner Markus and stylist GK Reid, I’ve photographed many of the most influential artists of our time, worked closely with superstars of marketing, public relations, digital image manipulation, make-up, hair and styling. And I’ve studied with spiritual teachers around the world for my own development and self-realization.

But it’s only recently that I’ve personally experienced the power of image, after hanging out with Lindsay Lohan. I made a few comments about Lindsay’s intelligence, beauty and potential, and my hope to be a positive influence in her life. Suddenly I was the planet’s third-most Googled person, with reports everywhere that we’re settling down together after a year-long relationship! It didn’t help that Markus, usually protective of our celebrities, couldn’t contain his juicy soundbites about a racy shoot we did together. My actual words and Lindsay’s were ignored in favor of our photos and the fantasies people prefer to project.

Now to set the record straight, I don’t see myself as a cougar, I’m more a tiger lover. No, not that Tiger! My spirit animal is the tiger—My goddess rides one, it was my college mascot, and I’ve trekked for weeks through Indian jungles to photograph one.