As the annual Durga Puja festival comes to a close in Kolkata and across the Hindu world, my work on the amazing event is timely featured in the current edition of The Big Issue. For those of you who don’t know anything about this annual Hindu celebration, its worth knowing about and observing at least once in your lifetime. Here is my full body of work from the 2013 celebrations in the wonderful city of Kolkata.
For those of you who don’t know The Big Issue magazine, you should! I have regularly published with them over the past 4 years and I love the ethos behind their publication. The magazine came to Australia in 1993 when a group of prominent Australians came together to explore solutions to help address Australia’s increasing homeless population. They proposed a model based on the UK’s successful Big Issue street magazine model. The first magazine was launched in Australia on the steps of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station on June 16, 1996. When you buy an edition of the magazine a large portion of the selling price goes directly to the seller.
As per an earlier blog post, my time working in Kolkata is always spent with a dear friend and fellow ‘chobi wallah’ photographer is Siddhartha Hajra. I’d recommend you all to check out his work, his website is still under construction but in the meantime here is his instagram account. Sid’s photographs like himself are deeply considered and filled with strong emotion. Sid is also currently working on a PHD about family photo albums, I can’t wait to see more as it develops.
I am currently editing a short film from the Durga Puja festival. Once it is complete I will be sure to make it public.
How quickly time moves by.
I feel like a cliche exclaiming that line at the start of a blog but it is so true. Its hard to believe that it was 18 months ago already that I made a trip to Europe with my partner Maryam. It was our first time to the continent and we managed to fill our 2 weeks with time in a number of wonderful cities, sometime it is fun playing tourist. Here a few photographs from a few rolls of colour film I used on the trip. Prior to these colour rolls of film I had exclusively used B&W film.