Amit Mehra: Portrait of a Portrait
Pictures are all around us. I am constantly reminding myself of the same, especially now that the cameraphone has liberated my quest for images. It is when we relentlessly pursue these photos, do we allow ourselves to keep training our vision and reflexes. At a recent series of photography talks in Ahmedabad, I was leaving the auditorium during the lunch break and making pictures of all that was around. I came across this sight and found myself fascinated by the interplay of geometry and space around the photoframe.
The classical portrait will always be powerful. Such pictures have an air of poignancy, especially since we rarely see such portraits hung on a wall today. And then, there was the irony that was poignant in itself… here I was, documenting this traditional document with a modern-day cameraphone.
This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Better Photography.
About Amit Mehra
Constantly balancing the worlds of commercial and documentary photography, Amit describes himself saying, “I’m like an octopus who likes to deal with different things at the same time. You can call me a schizophrenic photographer.” The moments in this monthly diary are excerpts from his ongoing work titled ‘Roznaama’.