A Rear-view Mirror Reflection Reveals an Untold Story

 
Mandi (Market) This photograph of a man deep in thought was captured in a crowded street in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. It won a National award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Photograph/André J Fanthome

Mandi (Market) This photograph of a man deep in thought was captured in a crowded street in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. It won a National award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Photograph/André J Fanthome

“Looking for the unseen in the obvious is what I strive to highlight in my works.”—André J Fanthome

“Looking for the unseen in the obvious is what I strive to highlight in my works.”—André J Fanthome

This story was originally published in March 2012.

Sometimes, a person’s facial expression tells a deeper story than his/her words. This is, perhaps, the essence of great street photography. One such example is this image shot in a crowded street in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
André J Fanthome, a Lucknow-based photographer, was walking on a footpath, when he saw this man deep in thought. The man’s reflection on a vehicle’s rearview mirror caught Fanthome’s attention and he immediately triggered the button. It eventually won him a National Academy award from Lalit Kala Akademi—an award given to artists who devote themselves to their respective field be it fine-art, sculpting, photography or graphics.
“Looking for the unseen in the obvious is what I strive to highlight in my works”, he says. “It is the joy of finding something extraordinary in the ordinary.” He also believes that 90% of his photography is based on reactions from people.

 

-Written by Neha Mutreja

 

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