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Haute art in exile

art and culture Updated: Jan 23, 2009 21:15 IST
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Jaipur is now a city bustling with haute art.

Meet young and talented photographer Nikhil Bhandari, a former Mumbai-based "advertising lensman", whose experiments with the camera, women's anatomy and light have set a new metaphor in creative photography.

Bhandari, who works out of Jaipur now, is showing 12 of his photographs in an exhibition titled Absorbing Flux, at the Clarkes-Amer Hotel in Jaipur.

The frames - studies of the disembodied female forms bathed in artificially-created studio lights - are part of a larger body of 44 works, Magico Occhio or Magic Eyes, that is bound for Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin and London in April.

The two-day exhibition is part of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

"You can describe my work as my own directed performance with models with lights, projections, shadows and reflections - all processed in the studio. It takes a long time to create one. I am actually a believer in orthodox photography," he told IANS in Jaipur.

Bhandari works in series. The one which rivets the eye is a series, From Beyond Eros, two photographs that merge the human figure with an infinite space of psychedelic lights. The prices range from Rs.25,000 to Rs.150,000.