Planting an aura

What: Fine art photographer Rahul Gajjar is showcasing his latest body of work, titled The Fused Garden, which is in continuation of his project started in 2004. It includes 53 recently executed works, inspired by Kirlian photography, a process from the 1930s (also called electrography) that captures on film the natural iridescence that envelopes living plants. This cannot be seen by the naked eye. Electrography explored it by passing a low-voltage current through the plant and capturing the coloured aura around the plant that the current briefly lighted up. Gajjar has been able to achieve almost the same results by applying film and digital technologies that help capture the energy flow image. These works are being shown in Mumbai for the first time.

Lysiphyllum Hookeri (Bauhinia) plant, Bird-of-Paradise flower and Lillium plant
(L - R) Lysiphyllum Hookeri (Bauhinia) plant, Bird-of-Paradise flower and Lillium plant

How: Speaking about the exhibition, Gajjar says the highlights of this exhibition are prints on canvas which are painted over with bronze, gold and silver oil colours. As part of the process, he uses gelatin, convex and concave glasses/mirrors to shoot images. He shoots about 100 images, overlays them on the camera and then takes the images on the computer and works upon them.

Terminalia Catappa plant
Terminalia Catappa plant

After the works are finalised, he uses archival acid-free, cotton paper and pigment-based inks for prints. Gajjar has worked as a New Media Artist (Digital Art) and introduced the medium in India. The main focus of his work has been documenting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh, over three decades. He is presently involved in documenting the 30 existing UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India. In 2013, he was awarded the Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar by the Government of Gujarat.

Yellow Lily flower
Yellow Lily flower

From January 17 to 25, 12 pm to 8 pm
At Piramal Gallery, NCPA, Nariman Point.
Call: 22824567

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