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.
Movement Strokes 1: The original photograph was taken in 2007 as part of an ongoing series of digital photographs with long exposure where I would move the the camera to use light more like brushstrokes. It is an imprint of a group of girls walking down the street below my balcony. The photograph was printed in 2010 for exhibition. This footprint is the first weathering on the original print, using sun & natural UV at 7,000 ft altitude in the Himalayas, in Bungalow Ki Kandi Village, Uttarakhand India, 2014. I felt using light as weathering agent would be perfect for these paintings with light. This footprint have limited edition of 12 digital photographic prints.