The ethereal moon is a playmate, challenge and an old friend for photographer Madhu Pandit.
As you enter the sanguine room with cleverly clicked photographs of ‘Mehnaaz’, the moon, a gush of wonder and inquisitiveness fills the mind.
Unlike other photo exhibitions, where the subject is the art in itself, here the art lies in the manner in which the moon is captured. Double exposures and panning are used to illustrate the delicate light of the moon in the midst of the mammoth sky. The sky, only few can hope to capture the wonderment of.
Chandigarh brought-up, 1975 born, Madhu Pandit, did her graduation from MCM DAV and pursued journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. She is an ardent follower of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
When asked why the moon was her subject, she said, “Capturing the moon was a divine experience for me. It helps me meditate, be patient and learn.”Mehnaaz’ has been her project for the past six months and she says she is not done with exploring her chemistry with the moon yet.
“There is no editing in these pictures, I have used available light and spent hours on my terrace on many nights to click them. The journey has been rather rewarding,” she said.
She works as a freelance photographer, indulges in her own interests through exhibitions and simultaneously teaches photography to school students. When asked if the experience of working with kids has helped her, she said, “Kids are filled with energy and abundant creativity.
Working with them is like re-energising my batteries. I wish they came to my exhibition.”
Madhu’s journey started a decade-and-a-half ago and now she has four solo exhibitions to her credit. She continues to attend workshops across the country.