Bylane Diaries

Kaushal Parikh’s exhibition on street photography in Mumbai is full of vim and candid moments.

Published:April 19, 2013 3:20 am

Photographer Kaushal Parikh walked around Banganga in Malabar Hill,Mumbai,with a camera,in search of stories,on a bright winter day in 2011. He found a Parsi woman,who was screaming at anyone passing by. “I usually don’t linger,I just click away hoping to catch my subjects in the moment. This lady,however,had spectacular light falling on her face and I ended up waiting for half an hour to get my picture,” says Parikh. Eventually,amid children and people bustling around,a pregnant lady paused,and that made for Parikh’s frame. “A full circle had formed in front of me,with the children,the old lady and the pregnant woman,” he says.

These are the stories that make up Parikh’s exhibition “Bombay Bylines”,where over 20 photographs taken over four years,show forgotten lanes and alleys of the city,without overtly having the city stamp. After Mumbai,the exhibition arrives in Delhi and is now being showcased at the newly opened Oxford Bookstore in Connaught Place.

We wonder if a complex city like Mumbai was the perfect way to begin exploring the art of street photography. “I’m not looking at showcasing one particular city. My motivations are emotion-based. For example,there is a picture of a man blowing bubbles against the backdrop of the Gateway of India. I wanted a low-angle shot so I could capture the man’s thought process. The Gateway just happened to be behind him. I love Mumbai,but I prefer my pictures to be timeless,place-less and filled with humour and emotion,“ says the travel and commercial photographer.

The exhibition is on till April 19 at the Oxford Bookstore,Connaught Place.

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