The many layers of India 2

Travel in India invokes so many different practical and emotional responses, and this image is a mixture of the places and scenes that had such various affects on me. Where ever you are, there are so many people, sounds, smells and activity to capture your attention. This work reflects how every space (here it is gaps in a decorated wall) is busy and occupied. Interestingly, although this image may reflect some of the busyness and chaos that was my experience of India, the individual photographs that I took, mainly depict quite a different scene. Photography has sometimes been for me, a meditation in a sense. Perhaps I was identifying the calm where I could and cropping out the confusion in order to look for that peace. The following images are those that I exhibited as part of my “Experiencing India” show, alongside photographer Michelle Dunn.

"Getting About", Udaipur

"Traffic", Udaipur, Rajastan

"Woman at fort", Jaiselmer

"Inquisitive boy", Agra backstreets

"Soaking up the sun", Agra fort

"Rest and play", Delhi

"Boat madam?", Varanasi

"A moment of solitude", Varanasi

"Boats and washing No.2", Varanasi

"Catching the breeze", Varanasi

"Fishing boats", Puri

"Nets and knots", Puri

"Boats and washing", Varanasi

The many layers of India


Those of you who know me are aware that I travelled to India in 2008 and then returned and had an exhibition of images I had captured there.

One of the striking memories of India, other than it’s colour and vibrancy, is it’s complexity. I’ve often heard it referred to as an assault on all the senses, due to it’s intensity. I found this to have immediate meaning for me when I arrived.

I am interested in the blending of images and it feels really appropriate to again look at images of India and to blend them, just as some of my memories become blended.

Perhaps new meanings occur, new questions and new vision. So here is a taste of another of my favoured ways of playing – layering digital files to create new imagery.

“Come come madam.”