Amit Chakravarty: Inner Worlds

 
Though my parents found it hard to adjust in Mumbai initially, they now enjoy evening walks near our new residence. Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

Though my parents found it hard to adjust in Mumbai initially, they now enjoy evening walks near our new residence. Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

Amit Chakravarty explores the emotional connection he shares with people and spaces around him.

This article was originally published in June 2012.

"While each image has its own subject matter, the series is about adjustments and compromises."—Amit Chakravarty

“While each image has its own subject matter, the series is about adjustments and compromises.”—Amit Chakravarty

This series has been an ongoing journey for me as a photographer, as an observer and as a son. I started working on it when my parents moved from Kolkata to Mumbai to stay with me, during the 80s. They had never thought that they would have to leave everything familiar to them in the twilight years of their life.

The experience of creating these images was intuitive as well as associative. Moreover, the flow of the series does not follow a pattern and neither is it bound to a specific time or place.

My work also echoes the loss of my aunt, who was instrumental in bringing me to this city. This is a journal of my thoughts and my life that has been mostly mundane, at times dramatic and sometimes, exquisite.

The waves of the ocean evoke an indescribable emotion in me. It is a strange sort of calm, perhaps. Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

The waves of the ocean evoke an indescribable emotion in me. It is a strange sort of calm, perhaps. Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

Simple Tips for Effectively Documenting Personal Memories and Spaces

  • Take a day or two to see what goes on at home. Even routine activity in your household can define the character of your personal space.
  • Try to convey your own ideas, thoughts and experiences while shooting your personal space.
  • Leave the technicalities behind and simply focus on establishing and portraying mood.
The daily commute in Mumbai is a maddening experience, expecially due to the crowded trains and traffic jams. Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

The daily commute in Mumbai is a maddening experience, expecially due to the crowded trains and traffic jams. Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

 

About Amit Chakravarty

He began his career when he was given an opportunity to join the photo team of Hindustan Times. He received the Ramnath Goenka Indian Press Award in 2006 and his work has also been exhibited at the Delhi Photo Festival 2011, India.

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