December 26, 2012

Footnotes: Moments In Repose, An Exhibition Of My Photographs

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My photography exhibition - Footnotes: Moments in Repose - opens at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, today.

The 50+ photographs on display were made over years of my travels across India, seeking backdrops that place the everyday in historical, cultural and traditional contexts.

They are about people, and their immediate contexts. Moments caught in transit. Moments that came to stay.

I’ve attempted to turn the fleeting into a temporary permanence, seeking their meaning as much in what the moments framed seek to reveal as in their act of concealment.

Ordinary people, their ordinary moments.

Among the places I've featured are New Delhi, Jodhpur, Deeg, Kurukshetra, Nashik, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Uttarakhand, Murshidabad, Bijapur, Afzalpur, Mysore, Varanasi, Baroda, and Mumbai among others.

Why Footnotes?

It took me some time to realise the two-sided nature to most things on the street and off it – You cannot walk towards something without walking away from something else. To wait is to wander, for while the feet rest, the eyes do not. A moment frozen comes alive in the continuity it promises, for continuity is no more than a succession of stillness. To meander is to wait on the move. And you only ever come home when you’re away.

Each moment dwells in a duality, a duality that’s singular at the point of convergence. And it’s in this duality I wandered on the streets, seeking the transitory in the continuous, revelling in the light the shadows revealed.

I sought the middle ground, the space where a moment is in the middle of a transition. Having shed its origin in the very instant it begins to transform into an ending, it shows neither the beginning, nor the end.

Lacking the identity of either it becomes a footnote, like life itself.


Do come over and see the exhibition, and if family and friends are not averse to seeing yet another India-centric exhibition of photographs, bring them along too, and help put the word out. Thanks in advance. 

Venue: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 
Duration: 26 Dec, 2012 - 2 Jan, 2013 (open on all days). 
Timings: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.