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The Indian connection



TELLING A STORY One of the photographs on display

The still water seems to merge into the skyline. A row of photographs portrays this scene; each image looks almost identical to another. With the colours in each image intertwined in a kind of a rare union, it appears to be a set of paintings. But for a note, the meaning of the images would be lost. Italian photographer Sebastian Cortes writes, "I reached Miami a day after Hurricane Wilma had hit the city. During my weeklong stay, I photographed the Atlantic Ocean from the 24th floor of one of the buildings that crowd the Miami shoreline. Early morning, almost as a ritual I would record the many colours, hues and tones that the now calm sea and sky magically offered. I was captivated by the calm after the storm."

Cortes is one of the five Italian photographers who have displayed their works at an exhibition (on till December 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Lalit Kala Akademi as part of the Italian festival. They all have a connection with India. Some consider Auroville their spiritual home. In fact, the exhibition is based on the theme "No one I am, I who am all that is" (a quote from Aurobindo).

Paulette Hadnagy displays a series of macro photographs of flies and flowers. She also enjoys taking pictures of rituals unique to India. Ireno Guerci fuses photography with painting and his images present a dual perspective and seem to deal more with ideas. One of them shows a swivel chair, a steel table and a bench. While an instructional globe and a photo of deities are placed on the table, a sacred symbol has been daubed on the table. His work presents everyday scenes in an abstract milieu.

Pino Marchese's works present life at Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim and at the temples of Benaras. Giorgio Molianari's frames present the simple and the awe-inspiring. Pino's and Girogio's works are marked by directness and spontaneity.

PRINCE FREDERICK

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