Monday, October 3, 2011

Luminous Interval

An exhibition of photographs entitled as ‘Luminous Interval’ by Chandigarh based photographer Dinesh Verma was held in the gallery of India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in September 2011.He had exhibited some of the photographs of his recent visit to the USA.

The title of the exhibition seems to have been derived from the writings of the Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis, who envisioned life as a "luminous interval" during which decomposition and decay are necessary prerequisites to creation and renewal.

This reminds me that when I had visited the USA in 1999 and had returned with a bag full of photographs, I too had held an exhibition the same year at Fine Arts Museum of Panjab University, Chandigarh. It was entitled as ‘US Kelidoscope’.

What interests me most in this exhibition by Dinesh Verma is that he is among the few who are going away from the home town to hold exhibitions of their works. It’s not that we do not have enthusiasts of photography in our city, Chandigarh, but some people prefer to hold exhibitions in the national capital with the hope to get wider impact.

Although I could not join Mr Dinesh at the inaugural function, I had the opportunity to see most of his images before their display for public viewing. His images were taken at some specific locations in the USA and thus reflected the cultural aspects, the land and the people. This was his second solo show as his first solo exhibition was based on images of flowers and it was held in Chandigarh. I hope to see more of the works of Mr Dinesh in days to come.

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