Urban - NOMINEE: Ratul Chaudhury
My glasses don't let me sleep
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One night I came across a pair of paper glasses, a fitting metaphor for my new perspective of Madrid! The red plastic lenses giving a literal ‘rose-tint’ to the city. As I started experimenting with them I became interested in the parallel world they exposed in my photos. The same world I was seeing at night. The glasses augmented their surrounding reality through colour, turning the dark streets into a fantasy scape.
The question that arises is this: Why am I exhibiting Madrid in this way? As a visitor to the city (my experience of 10 months, coming from India), Madrid is parallel world to my own. My project can be seen as an emotional reaction to Madrid. As I explored the different neighbourhoods, I began to feel that each one altered my perception of the city a bit more. I began to feel a kind of kinship with the night, feeling an attraction to the city’s transformation.
I am a day dreamer and a night crawler.
I prefer altering reality or cheating it because then you can weave it according to yourself. Sometimes I call it an escape route for me. I am also believer of the existence of a parallel world.STUDYED EUROPEAN MASTER OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY AT IED MADRID. BACHELOR IN FINE ARTS FROM THE INDIAN COLLEGE OF ART AND DRAFTSMANSHIP (R.B.U.)
ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY KOLKATA.