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India through a photographer's lens

The quintessence of India and its rich customs has been captured by the Spanish photographer Iñigo Escrivá de Romaní striking microphotographs displayed at the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish cultural centre, reports Srishti Jha.

art and culture Updated: Sep 19, 2009 17:23 IST
Srishti Jha

GodsThe quintessence of India, its multi-ethnic culture and its rich customs has been captured by the Spanish photographer Iñigo Escrivá de Romaní in 22 striking microphotographs displayed at the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish cultural centre. The work of the young Spanish photographer Iñigo Escrivá de Romaní has been revolutionary in travel photography, providing a new and different vision of the countries he has visited.

The Spanish photographer has gotten so sealed to the objects he has photographed that anyone who studies them will be able to feel them and experience the true spirit of India. He wants the observant photo lovers to not only examine his work but also touch, hear and smell them

The walls of the edifices, the hilarity of a rickshaw driver, the aroma of the spices, the butchered goat at the muslim meat shop, glimpse of the backwaters of of Kerela and picturesque of Goa, Bollywood and sarees were the main highlights of the exhibition and showed the true colours of India in disfigurement, blood and soul. Admits Inigo, “It has been a fantastic experience. India is just not about sadhus, sarees and Bollywood. There is a lot to it.I wanted to change the established stereotypes through my work.”

Roving in trains and buses with his handbag and Nikon D 300 Inigo discovered a new-fangled India on the bustling streets, at the medieval shrines and mesmerizing cities.He says, “I got to capture how the day to day life in India is. How people here are just happy without achieving anything in their existence. This became the theme of my pictures.”

The exhibition organized by the Spanish Embassy in India, is the result of one year work by Iñigo Escrivá de Romaní who is currently living in New Delhi. “In order to confine the fundamental nature of a country one has to inundate into its lanes, get drawn in with its populace, take in its culture and breathe in its traditions.”, says the young photographer.

How was your experience in India? How was capturing its essence? Your browser may not support display of this image.
It was just beautiful and truly enriching. I did a lot of research and preparation. I wanted to see India, feel its culture and have a closer view of the actual India. I wanted to actually create a window for the people to view their country in a different light.

You want the discerning photo lovers to not only observe your pictures but also ‘smell’, ‘hear’, and ‘touch’ them. Please elaborate on that.
I was working on the idea of how to apply the effects of microscopy to my work as well as this country. I saw the images in my mind and just decided what I am going to do. I wanted to discover something very new and real. I wanted to bring in light certain objects which we see day today but miss to observe the minute intricacies of it.

What all patterns have you used in your work?
I have used simple ideas as well as abstract forms to bring into picture the real India.

How is India treating you?
It’s treating me very well. It has worked on my ideation side. It has given me and my work a new identity and a multi-faceted display place.