Dinesh Khanna: A Visual Stream of Consciousness
This article was originally published in April 2016.
Cellphone photography, for me, is nothing but a visual stream of consciousness. Come to think of it, that is exactly what photography is, eventually, as each one of us reacts instinctively to anything that catches our eye. But with phones specifically, what has changed is the sheer quantum of images that we shoot. I am always looking at potential subjects and coming across various situations.
This is where it becomes interesting how our vision can be consistent, yet different. Like these two photographs, where the graphic nature of one is in its excesses, especially with the lines of the shutters, while the other one is graphic almost because of its minimalist lack of graphic-ness.
I think there is always a great learning in analysing the similarities and differences in the way we see, over a period of time. The difference of styles that we see here was not deliberate, and yet, the two images make an interesting pair. Just tells us how important it is for us to keep looking at what we shoot… as every time we view a picture, its meaning and associations can change!
About Dinesh Khanna
Dinesh Khanna’s career path veered from being a calculator salesman, a garment quality checker, a busboy in a New York bar and a client servicing executive, after which, he finally gave in to his desire to make images. He cofounded the Delhi Photo Festival and regularly conducts ‘addas’ in Delhi to encourage discussions on the medium.