QUEEN'S ROAD: Art Mantram is hosting a photography exhibition called ‘Light and Shadow’ to showcase the talents of photographers from diverse backgrounds under one roof. Photography is a skill that becomes art when you employ a gaze that knows what to focus on and that is exactly what eminent photographers like Amit Pasricha, Clare Arni, Darren Centofanti, Hellmuth Conz, Kuchanna Srinivasan, Maanas Lal, Pallon Daruwala, Sumeet Chugh and Vishvan Saran have done.
Jija Harisingh, the president of Art Mantram Foundation says, “We all peer through the same lens, but a handful capture exquisite grace. The sentiments presented are universal; what is captured is individualistic and the photographs are filtered through different sensibilities. These photographers are born and brought up in different parts of India and around the globe and are bringing in the flavours of regions as well as other countries and continents”.
Photographer Clare Arni says,"These pictures are part of a larger body of work consisting of 120 pictures titled Disappearing Professions in Urban India. These were shot across seven cities from 2008 onwards. I looked at each city and the traditional, historical professions associated with each and whether they can survive in these changing times.”
Amit Pasricha uses a panoramic camera for his captivating works. This enables his images to convey an extraordinary sense of vastness. Although he shoots complex compositions, entire temples even, his works are emotionally engaging. The richness of detail is striking. Interior spaces have a particularly unique appearance in panorama format. He adds ,“Photography, for me, is not about the instant moment. It is more about the overall experience.”
Darren Centofanti is an Australian photographer who has been living in India for the past 25 years. Darren specialises in fashion and advertising and shoots with Leica systems and is known for his unique lighting set-ups.
The exhibition will be on till July 20 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Navratan’s Haveli.