Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Photo boxes

Letters to God,  Limited edition fine art print


These are much photographed times, and each one of us is a photographer. For many like me, taking images and sharing them is a fundamental way of consuming life. To the extent that I don't quite know what to make of the visible unless I  have framed it in a photograph !

In my mind I never stop composing pictures, reading light and calculating exposure values.
It is a problem! Gone are the days when Dad's Yashica would be pulled out of its bag for special occasions, holidays, birthdays and festivals...I have to put the camera away on important occasions lest I  forget to enjoy and  just be there rather than hyper record and lose the moment completely!

The most pleasurable part of taking the picture is actually seeing it in print! Never mind the digital revolution, nothing beats an actual picture that one can feel, better still process it with ones own hands!
Even when a dark room is no longer easily available, the thrill of receiving those `do not bend' envelopes from the printers that come bearing your work is truly indescribable.

One day early this year, I pulled something out of one such  sacrosanct envelope, and bent it! not just that, soaked, tore, plastered and  moulded the photograph ! Sacrilege? right?.. and  how I did suffer too! For this gorgeous textured fiber paper does not print cheap!  

Here are two actual photo boxes then, the first made as a composite of 21 images taken across traditional homes around Rajasthan and Uttarpradesh- The Haveli box. While the second is made with pictures  of random temple walls.


The Haveli box




Letters to God, table top box
























Hand painted detail.

4 comments:

Shalini said...

Loving you boxes Chandan... the colors are to dye ;-) for.
I love the idea of letters to the god box, I can use a gratitude box on my coffee table.

Designwali said...

wow...love the letter to god, do you sell that photography?

Chandan Dubey said...

Hi Shalini , the box will definitely make a good gratitude box.

Sundeep , I do sell the photography as part of a larger collection on view here :
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.571719049567146.1073741837.253623451376709&type=1

Thanks for dropping by !

shilpa said...

the photo boxes are real treasures Chandan. not only do they depict memories, they can hold some more pretty ones.

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