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Clicking emotions

Fine art fans in the city can head to the Lalit Kala Akademi for a look at some photographs that depict human emotions.

art and culture Updated: May 11, 2012 01:28 IST
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Fine art fans in the city can head to the Lalit Kala Akademi for a look at some photographs that depict human emotions. Titled, Emotions Obscured, the ongoing exhibition displays 15 concept-based photographs highlighting emotions such as despair, happiness and bliss in monochromes or black and white by Gaurav Singh, a 33-year-old entrepreneur turned photographer.

Singh rekindled his childhood love for photography some three to four years ago when he visited the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. “The sight of beautiful birds made me want to click again. Birds signify freedom and beauty to me. I started going regularly to different bird sanctuaries and wildlife parks,” he says.

After taking photographs of different kinds of birds, Singh decided to shift his focus to clicking human emotions a year ago. “I like to do fine art photography, where I capture emotions like falling in a trance, silence or boundless energy, in my studio,” says Singh. “The monochromes exude a certain silence that I prefer even for happy emotions like joy and excitement. It stops the mind from getting distracted and helps you feel the emotion more deeply,” he adds.

Singh also uses the technique of blurred photography in some pictures, such as, Emotion, and, Dashed Hopes, in order to express confused emotions. “Even though it took four to five hours to capture the right emotion and setting, I enjoyed clicking for the Emotions Obscured series, as it helped me in expressing my personal emotions,” he says.

Catch them here
What: Emotions Obscured
On till: May 15
Timing: 11am to 7pm
Entry: Free
Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Copernicus Marg
Nearest metro station: Mandi House on Blue Line

More from the photographer
When did you start photography?
I started clicking at the age of eight from a basic film roll camera.

What do you like to click?
I have a fetish for clicking natural surroundings, especially birds and human emotions.

Which camera do you use?
Canon 5D Mark 3 and Canon 7D.

What is the cost of the photos clicked by you?
Rs 40,000 to R1 lakh for limited edition prints.

Which are the interesting photography websites that you visit?
www.1x.com; www.fotoblur.com.

Are there any online portals for viewing your work?
www.theoptimumexposure.com; www.facebook.com/theoptimumexposure