On Le Corbusier’s 50th death anniversary, a photography exhibition has been organised by Alliance Francaise de Bangalore.
The backdrop: Chandigarh has the unique attribute of being the only completely inhabited city designed by Le Corbusier. The photographer Ajay Bhatia considers himself fortunate that the city has been his home for more than three decades now. He says, ” During these years, I have travelled to various parts of the world but when I return, there is always a sense of homecoming. I feel that I am returning to a city, which is tranquil, beautiful and well ordered, where humanity, architecture and nature exist in close harmony.”
His reading of Le Corbusier’s book “Towards A New Architecture” has also inspired the present photography exhibition. In this book, Corbusier speaks about the great primary forms of geometry: cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders and pyramids. Says Ajay, ” I would like to quote Le Corbusier in this regard: “Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light. Light and shade reveal them. The image of these forms is distinct and tangible within us, without ambiguity. It is for this reason that they are the most beautiful forms.”
The photographer views his camera as a receptacle for light. The lens is an eye and the sensor is the soul of the camera. The complex interplay of shadows and highlights in the architecture of Chandigarh is particularly enthralling to a photographer. The present exhibition differs from his earlier work in the sense that it has been captured from a different perspective and field of view. Ajay explains, “earlier I was working with ultra wide angle zoom lenses but presently I prefer using only a 50mm lens. The 50mm focal range offers almost the same field of view as the human eye and is therefore intriguing and challenging. The work I have been doing of creating a photographic memory of my hometown is being exhibited for the third time in as many years.”
Details: LE CORBUSIER IN INDIA | THE PLAY OF LIGHT
12th – 29th of May
Alliance Française Atrium
About the artist: Ajay Bhatia is a documentary photographer from Chandigarh engaged in travel, event and architectural photography. His work explores the contemporary spirit and lifestyle of modern cities and the traditional essence, heritage and culture of historical cities, towns and villages of India. He is also interested in documenting the rhythms, colors and energy of the traditional dance, music and folk art of India. The present exhibition is his third exhibition in as many years.
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Contact details: 91‐9815577124