When traveling, the first thing photographer Ahtushi Deshpande asks for is a room with a window. Sources of light, vision, imagery and inspiration, windows obliterates the stuffiness of a room.
In landscapes like the mighty Himalayas, Deshpande believes “windows play a special role — they put the scope of nature and human existence in perspective”. By themselves, windows in photography lend a multi-dimensional perspective to a situation, giving an otherwise vast image an ethereal frame to focus on.
Ahtushi grew up watching her father develop film in the family bathtub but never thought she would take on photography as a profession. In 2004, however, Ahtushi embraced the inevitable and became a travel and documentary photographer.
In her photo-essay titled ‘Through the Looking Glass’, Ahtushi is undertaking a journey into some unique parts of the Himalayan landscape thorough the framework of some very unique windows. It is the juxtaposition of the windows with the images they frame that she seeks to represent in her work.
Deshpande is currently working on a book featuring offbeat trails in Uttarakhand. ‘Through the Looking Glass’ is slated to open end 2011.