My first photobook: Motion Pictures in Poetry
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.
A selection of limited edition originals and prints of my fine art photography are available for sale on Saatchi Art.
In the 7th Photography Masters Cup 2013 awards, my entry “…Because They Take Themselves Lightly” received a nomination in the Abstract (Pro) category. This series also won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 International Photography Awards.
This image is an extension of my long-running series revolving around the interplay of light and movement. And that is why I chose the title to reflect this vision: “…Because They Take Themselves Lightly”. The title is inspired by one of my favorite sayings – “Angels can fly, because they take themselves lightly.” I wanted to somehow capture this beautiful thought in an image and I hope you, as the viewer, can experience and celebrate this emotion.
LOS ANGELES (May 2014) – Professional photographer Nyay Bhushan of India was presented with the 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee title in the category of Abstract at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow webcast Saturday, May 3, 2014.
The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.
7th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Contrasto, Rome; Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam; Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal; Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art, Milan; Clair Galerie, Munich; and Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Belgium who honored Color Masters with 274 coveted title awards in 18 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,416 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Nyay Bhushan’s …Because They Take Themselves Lightly is an exceptional image entered in the Abstract category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.
The 7th Annual awards received 7,416 entries from 79 countries and honored 274 title awards and 864 nominees.