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Haute art in exile

Young and talented photographer Nikhil Bhandari is one of the upcoming photographer from the city iof Jaipur and his work is pathbreaking in every way....

art and culture Updated: Jan 23, 2009 21:15 IST

Jaipur is now a city bustling with haute art.

Meet young and talented photographer Nikhil Bhandari, a former Mumbai-based "advertising lensman", whose experiments with the camera, women's anatomy and light have set a new metaphor in creative photography.

Bhandari, who works out of Jaipur now, is showing 12 of his photographs in an exhibition titled Absorbing Flux, at the Clarkes-Amer Hotel in Jaipur.

The frames - studies of the disembodied female forms bathed in artificially-created studio lights - are part of a larger body of 44 works, Magico Occhio or Magic Eyes, that is bound for Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin and London in April.

The two-day exhibition is part of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

"You can describe my work as my own directed performance with models with lights, projections, shadows and reflections - all processed in the studio. It takes a long time to create one. I am actually a believer in orthodox photography," he told IANS in Jaipur.

Bhandari works in series. The one which rivets the eye is a series, From Beyond Eros, two photographs that merge the human figure with an infinite space of psychedelic lights. The prices range from Rs.25,000 to Rs.150,000.