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The beauty in ‘commonplace’

brunch Updated: Sep 10, 2013 09:32 IST
Navleen Kaur Lakhi
Navleen Kaur Lakhi
Hindustan Times
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Three places, one camera, the keen eye of a 23-year-old — the result is ‘an uncommon’ exhibition, Enroute. Displaying his photographs for the first time is budding photographer Nischal Masand and the exhibition of 35 photographs is on at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36.

The peculiarity of his theme lies in the fact that his subjects are poles apart. In the past two-and-half years of travelling, Masand decided to capture the ‘commonplace’ of France, Andaman Islands and Chandigarh. exhibition_02_compressed.jpg

Nischal Masand with his works. HT Photo

A BCA graduate from SD College, and a diploma holder in Animation and Visual Effects from Springbox, Masand says, “I was always inclined towards photography, but could only try my hand on mobile cameras. Two-and-half years ago, I started working with Teastall Studios (a city-based production studio) where my affair with cameras commenced.”

During that time, Masand took a tour to France, for which he borrowed a camera from his teacher. “At the time, I took the trip from a tourist’s point of view. Recently, I again went to Andaman on a family trip and added the trip’s pictures to my collection from France.”

Interestingly, the pictures exhibited are about the common places, which stand out because of their simplicity and unconventional perspective. Agreeing to the same, Masand says, “That’s the USP of my exhibition. Most people click pictures of famous monuments; my collection, however, introduces viewers to the common places and common people. Basically, you’d know what sitting in France and Andaman is like through my pictures.”

About his collection of pictures from Chandigarh, Masand says, “I used to work with NGO Teach A Child, because of which I used to visit the colony in Sector 25 very often. The ‘Chandigarh’ part of the pictures has been clicked at that colony.”

Masand is next looking forward to an exhibition in Delhi. Enroute is on from September 10 to October 2.