Bringing together a range of artists under one roof does not always lead to a display that has a unilateral theme. Appropriate examples are the two exhibitions organised by Chandigarh Fotography Club and Photo Artist Group of Chandigarh. Celebrating the World Photography Day,on August 19,both the exhibitions reflect a common love for the art of photography.
The exhibition organised by CFC an online club of more than 500 amateur photographers comprises 83 photos by 40 photographers. Taking place at Government Art Gallery,this juxtaposes images portraying the unhygienic side of the city,with picturesque images osssssssf serene waterscapes and landscapes. While HR consultant Sandeep Gupta showcases the beauty of Sukhna Lake,Varun Bajaj has captured water lilies. Prashant Kumar has photographed the extraordinary in the ordinary and zoomed in to capture the grace of aging hands of a dhobi. In Chetan Bansals photograph titled Flower in the Desert,a young boy enjoys a moment in sand.
While the section dedicated to wildlife photography has snapshots of tigers and dragonflies,some artists have flowers as their muse. In the midst of this,four frames that set the mood apart are that of drinking glasses if one empty glass depicts wait,another captures the play of colours of light. The endeavour is to bring together a vast perspective. This will allow the photographer in each one of us to capture moments and objects that hold our attention, says Sandeep Gupta,one of the organisers of the exhibition.
The exhibition organised by Photo Artist Group at Punjab Kala Bhavan,on the other hand,is a travelogue of sorts. Ten photographers have come together to showcase pictures of Arunachal Pradesh,Dharamshala and Sikkim among others. While Sanjay Kaushal captures the hut houses and flowers of Sikkim,Dr Shubh Mohan Singh of PGI has photographed the ghats of Ganga. He depicts life of those living near the Ganga. If PK Gupta captures the play of clouds at Leh-Ladakh,Ashok Sahni and Harvinder Singh focus on Chandigarh. The duo have photographed lesser known murals at the Arts College,incomplete works of Nek Chand that lie in the dump yard behind Rock Garden and the rain-washed roads in front of citys five-star hotels. Photography has become an important medium of artistic expression and documentation and through the exhibition we want to celebrate this art, says Sahni.
The exhibitions are on at Government Art Gallery,Sector 10,and Punjab Kala Bhavan,Sector 16,till August 21.