Photography is a postindustrial art form with a strong humanistic paradigm of practice where the artist fixes a moment at a particular instant & immortalize memory. But one that is immortalized loses life at that very moment, as life is the most precious possession of the mortals. An Alive Art Project (Initiated through BK Hygroscope, a project supported by KHOJ in 2014 under the program Negotiating Roots) aims to unfix them and bring back life into them. The artist's method is weathering the photographs. By unfixing a photograph the aim is to dissolve the artist’s ego of his being into becoming, and weathering becomes a performative process. As the effect of weathering makes it transform every moment till a point when the image of the photograph ceases to exist, leaving behind absence of the image filled with the memories of the weatherings. And the intermediates of the journey of the weathered photographs are preserved as digital footprints.
Body and a Mountain Stream: Original photograph was taken in 2002 in SRFTI as part of B/W photography module as my student exercise. This photograph was part of my semester ending Slide Project. To look back at this photograph brings alive many memories of my film school days. And may be this persuaded me to put the photograph of a woman in bed under a mountain stream flowing through an oak forest. Stream of cool mountain water resonated with the stream of memory, and imprinted literally like watermark. The weathering was performed in Bungalow Ki Kandi Village, Uttarakhand, India in 2014. This footprint have limited edition of 12 digital photographic prints.