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Motion Pictures in Poetry

My first photobook: Motion Pictures in Poetry Available at Blurb and Amazon   Motion Pictures in Poetry began in 2009, the year I started pursuing art photography seriously. Or rather, organically. While I have been obsessed with visual imagery, both moving and still, all my life, the new millennium’s digital democratization ignited my imagination and allowed me to dive deep into all manner of experimentation. As a self-taught photographer and film-maker, I have relished this freedom unhampered by the economic constraints of the analog past, much as I respect the legacy of film. These selected photographs, celebrating the first decade of my photography, were taken at numerous dance performances in New Delhi, spanning a wide variety of genres, from Indian classical to western to contemporary fusion. Motion Pictures in Poetry aims to blur the lines between what is perceived as movement versus the still in the context of light and body contours. As if in sync with the dance, my camera also “performs” in its own way resulting in an abstract visual style. By shooting at slow shutter speed and experimenting with aperture control, the entire process is dynamic and organic with minimal post touch ups. Motion Pictures in Poetry consists of various sub-series which reflect a particular sentiment while pointing to my cinematic influences. Specifically, the sub-series titled ‘She Moves In Mysterious Ways’ received an honorary mention at the PX3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris Awards in the PX3 Blue competition in 2013. The competition was inspired by and in tribute to Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy of acclaimed films and invited photographers to interpet the color blue. Similarly, the 2011 sub-series titled ‘Tangled’ (a passing reference to the Disney film of the same name) received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards. In addition to this and my other series, since 2010, I have received over 30 honors at the PX3, IPA and the Photography Masters Cup Color Awards. A selection of my photographs (including the cover image of this book) of a performance by renowned Swiss choreographer Philippe Saire were featured in promotional material by the India office of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. With constant advances in camera technology where the boundaries between still and moving cameras are rapidly fading, I look forward to plunging further into uncharted waters to explore how the perception of the “motion picture” will continue to evolve over time. Motion Pictures in Poetry is available at Blurb and Amazon

‘Floating’

'Floating' design from the collection 'Watch the Skies' available for worldwide shipping via Redbubble. Cloud photography translated as wearable art.

Directed By Nyay Store on Redbubble

And we are live! Directed By Nyay presents its new store on Redbubble with fresh designs that blend art photography with cinematic and cultural influences. The collections are available on an exciting array of products, especially scarves, tapestries and fashionable womens wear such as A-Line dresses, chiffon tops and graphic T-shirt dresses. The 'Watch the Skies' collection features a range of sky photography and is a tribute to the iconic film 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' which marks its 40th anniversary this year.   The 'Celestial Colors' collection celebrates abstract photography based on a play of light and movement in the rich tradition of India's performing arts.