When Louis Philippe got in touch with me about photographing the 4th Edition of their LP Cup in Bangalore, I couldn’t wait to say yes! What’s not to love about spending a few days in the lovely city of Bangalore, lounging at the stunning greens of the Karantaka Golf Association golf course and tracking some of India’s finest professional golfers. Add to that the fact that the Louis Philippe Cup is India’s only annual Professional Team Golf event and I knew this was serious business. I have also been coveting Louis Philippe’s elegant clothing – I know they focus on menswear but who says girls can’t carry a well-tailored pair of shirt and trousers! So I thought it would be a fantastic way to associate with the brand and I was off to Bangalore!
Bangalore’s glorious sky means that each time I visit, the first memory card in my camera is filled with photographs of different white clouds on blue sky configurations. Each and every time. I would move there just for the weather. And this time I was going to be spending time at the golf course and couldn’t wait to get there. Photographs from the final day of golf below.
The team configurations were : SSP Chowrasia for TAKE Chennai, Rahil Gangjee for Zion Hills Bengaluru, Gaganjeet Bhullar for Jaypee Greens Greater Noida, Jyoti Randhawa for Laqshya Mumbai and Mithun Perera for Navratna Ahmedabad, Siddikur for Dev Ellora Chandigarh, youngster Manu Gandas picked by DLF Gurgaon.
The trophy for the winning team, pictured below.
Lush greens and such a well landscaped golf course, combined with THAT sky. It was pleasant weather with high humidity, a slight breeze that sometimes turned into a quick wind and the Sun playing hide and seek. Walking along with the players felt more like a lounging experience than vigorous walking. Look at the next few photographs to assess what I mean about the golf course. So many delightful spots!
It was easy to track the professional golf team that was leading : everyone was headed in that direction. By any means possible!
I was excited to photograph the stylish people who turned up for the final golf game and I was not disappointed. Do look at the #EyesForStreetStyle #LPCup section to see what I mean – I’m publishing a photo a day for the next couple of weeks.
Below, golfer Khalin Joshi who eventually was the individual winner.
I love photographing golf. It is such a beautiful game with slow and measured moments followed by explosive yet graceful ones. There’s time for evaluating the next hole and then there’s the rush of actually hitting the golf ball and watching it make its way to where you want it. Agility, precision, perseverance and endurance are the words that come to my mind when photographing golf.
I’ve seen some golf club covers but never anything like these! Cute!
The club house the Karnataka Golf Association was, meanwhile, filling up with the who’s who of Bangalore. People eating, drinking, relaxing and eagerly tracking scores on the scoreboard. The beer and plates of French fries and peanuts really added to the old-school vibe of the place. Reminded me of the countless peaceful, happy hours spent at various Indian Army Mess lunches and brunches.
The team that won was Navratna Ahmedabad. This was their third win in the four years that the Louis Philippe Cup has been in existence! Talk about a winning streak.
What better way to spend the day. I’m still soaking in the beautiful days I spent at Bangalore. Will write more about that with the photographs I shot on my phone too. Too many spectacular sky photos!
They also have a lovely online lifestyle magazine called The Label.
Special gratitude to Sakshi Chanana for making this happen and handling all the gruelling details.