Lens and Pen, a photography and couplet exhibition by two former students of St. Stephen’s College, tries to bring out the extraordinary that exists in mundane things.
The exhibition is like a rekindling of passions that were ignited during university days for the duo of Manav Maini and Navneet Ahuja. “While staying on campus at Delhi University, I found the surrounding architecture and college life very captivating. I started capturing the life and surroundings on my humble point and shoot camera those days,” says Manav Maini, an economics graduate, who adds that his best friend is his DSLR camera. “I carry it everywhere,” he says. “The ambience of the campus, with huge lawns, an open air dhaba and basketball courts, ignites one’s creativity,” says Ahuja, who has given the lyrical couplets with the photographs. “Being among like-minded people at the Shakespeare society, the writing bug caught me early,” he adds.
In their first step towards a creative display, titled, Lens and Pen, the duo are trying to give still photography a voice. “Combined with lyrics, photography can be more effective than a video,” says Ahuja, pointing towards the pair’s piece d’art called Anjaan. It is a series of three photographs showing the underlying discomfort between different communities. “Every picture is about perspective. I like to capture uncanny and uncommon objects,” says Maini.
There all sorts of photographs here, from cups balanced above each other, to a bright red tap waiting to be opened, a bunch of 20 and 50 paise coins that represent an era of simplicity, and, a boy sleeping on a cart, trying to “unhide” the beauty in our daily lives. The photographs are priced from R3,500 onwards.
Catch it here
What: Lens & Pen, a photography and writing exhibition
On till: March 31
Time: 11am to 8pm
Where: Whats Up Bharat’s Jai Bharat Centre, 1, Hauz Khas Village
Nearest Metro station: Hauz Khas on the Yellow Line