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Sufi way of life on camera

Concept photographer Ashok Kochhar has embarked on a quest of the mind and soul with the first of his spiritual photography series, titled Journey Of A Mystic.

art and culture Updated: Sep 07, 2010 13:45 IST
Jana Colaco

Concept photographer Ashok Kochhar has embarked on a quest of the mind and soul with the first of his spiritual photography series, titled Journey Of A Mystic. Sufism and the Sufi way of living mark the prime focus of this collection of photographs.


“Sufism is like an endless thought, quiet and serene,” says Kochhar. “Every photograph is connected to the next and the energy keeps evolving with each.”



Kochhar also tells us that the pictures mark different states in the spiritual realm of Sufism. “The first photograph is the beginning of the journey into inner realms. It is that of the feet of a dancer, ankles clad with

ghungroo

s. One foot is static while the other is slightly blurred. At this realm, I see nothing,” he says.



“Slowly, as I move on to the other realms, I start to see and eventually I reach the state of

Fanaa

, where I get a glimpse of the Almighty.”



He adds that the final photograph depicting the state of

Fanaa

is in bright hues of magenta to bring out the magnitude of the particular realm. “This last photograph is where the dance remains but the dancer evaporates.”



Each of the photographs showcases wispy, fluid bodies, in dance-like motion, where the subjects’ identity remains unclear. This has been deliberately done by the artist to depict the stages of darkness till he gets a glimpse of the almighty.



The Journey of a Mystic

series has seen a lot of success and will move forward with other themes like that of Lord Krishna and Shiva.



Ashok Kochhar will also be coming to Mumbai to talk about his paintings and enlighten his audience on the salient aspects of Sufism.