11 Feb

Head on your Shoulder

Since the talk of the hour is about the man who is certainly greater than the sum of his parts – parts that are mistakenly considered photogenic!

Speaking of parts, here’s a male and female part of the biggest rock in the world – the Himalayas! Hope things smooth out for him for I like shopping online.  These were shot near Trilokenath Shiva temple on route to Dalhousie. 

Gentlemen please, please, when taking a selfie make sure to click the head on your shoulder!

02 Feb

Food for Thought

Egg Lady, Food for thought
The Egg Lady

Food today is as much for sustenance as for pleasure.  Then there is food that feeds neurosis centered on health, Food fads are strange, powerful things. “Between the 1970s and the 1990s Americans ate more and more wheat, partly because they were trying to avoid cholesterol. Then came a string of popular low-carbohydrate diets, from Dr Atkins to paleo. A rise in coeliac disease and self-diagnosed gluten intolerance has made wheat seem decidedly dangerous. Between 1997 and 2015 flour consumption in America fell from 67kg per head to 60kg.”

Food has been a reflection of a culture and its people in how it is prepared and consumed.  Here are some candid shots at La Boqueria in Barcelona.

Fish Market, Food for Thought
Fish Market

22 Jan

Coming out of the Deep Freeze

While this is largely a work in progress, the initial aha moment came through while viewing my photographs.  Some of them came together in the form of a collage speaking some truths that evolved as if out of thin air!

The Lone Raptor
The Lone Raptor

Over the past several months the overriding question I’ve been grappling with was to find a way to work with the polarized state of consciousness at play today.  My proposal to Madrid residency this past October was to address the issue by viewing it through divided lens and trying to reach a moderate perspective by listening to both ends of the spectrum in the context of the political divide that Spain in undergoing.  What continued to elude me was a way to pin it down and give it a name.  Frozen in track after interviewing a ton of people on the topic, which was not easy as no one is intrinsically proud of being antagonistic, plus a complicated scenario that elicits anything other than solidarity is difficult to address let alone sort and analyze?!   

Visceral Bonding
Visceral Bonding
Incidental Rojo
Incidental Rojo
Guardians of Good and Evil
Guardians of Good and Evil
12 Jul

Love in the Time of Polarization -II

My works often resort to the use of text and symbol, calligraphy, popular icons, etcetera, to register a context to the viewer.  In most of my performance art still photographs, my face becomes a canvas representing the topic of address.  The combination of the two converts the image into a metaphor – taking away the literal meaning of the words and the obviousness of self-representation.

The Arabic script spelling “Allah” or the Hindi “Om” may not be legible to all, but the significance of wearing a dot or design in between the eyebrows is known to most.  the Arabic script spelling “mother” tattooed across the face of the Allah denoted woman or the Hindi script spelling “mother” tattooed across the face of the Hinduism denoted woman may not be legible to all, but what almost everyone is able to perceive is the resonance of the images to the queen of hearts configuration.  And what most might also easily guess is the opposite nature of the two faces… despite the fact that they belong to one and the same person!

For those who are aware of the polarized socio-political climate of India, no further explanation is necessary.  For those unaware – the story is still about the symbolic motherland separated ideologically but with common challenges.

Love in the time of Polarization Performance Art Digital Photography

Love in the time of Polarization
Performance Art Digital Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Jul

People in Pictures Always Change

Listening... Performance Art Digital Photography

Listening…
Performance Art Digital Photography

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people on it do” the words of Warhol who made it his life’s mission to render faces, mostly those of famous people.  This face enacts a few raw emotions, those that may be placed in the category of play acting with props, placements, the whole nine yards.  The depth of feelings are easier to enact when done deliberately.  In reality one opts for a coping mechanism that can very easily mask the depth of expression.  And as Warhol says, the people in pictures always change.