Dinesh Khanna: Visuals, As the World Goes By…
This article was originally published in April 2016.
“The languid feeling of being in a train is almost in opposition to the instantaneous nature of the cameraphone. Maybe that is why it’s interesting that previsualisation played a large role in getting this picture.”
The whole idea of train travel for me, while being extremely romantic, is also an exercise in losing oneself and finding images. Unlike road trips, where you travel through masses of people, a rail journey is more about passing through spaces filled with solitude. I find it fascinating how I can actually feel quite content doing nothing, but looking at the world pass by, one field at a time. In a strange sort of way, it feels like a viewfinder in which the picture is constantly changing. And that is why the act of making this image, a process that took a fair amount of tries courtesy shutter lag, was not about documenting the place, but feeling the emotion.
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.
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