´The Nowhere Man´ exhibited at Aleppo International Photography Festival

It came as a surprise to me in late 2012, while I was still traveling different regions in Europe; one of my photographs was being exhibited amidst the turbulent war in the Middle East, Syria.

Issa Touma, the courageous curator, festival director, and founder of the Aleppo based Le Pont Organization had selected the ‘The Nowhere Man’ as one of the images to be on display at the 11th Aleppo International Photography Festival.

Title: ‘The Nowhere Man’

Artist´s Interpretation, Photo Caption: ‘The Nowhere Man’ is a staged portrait intended to personify the standstill portrait of a refugee. A victim of war, terror, violence, and discrimination – the state of a refugee is solitary, motionless, blank, filled with anger and frustration with nowhere to go. Human settlements around the world, especially around border regions are witness to these uncertain and tragic times that accompany the life of refugees.

Photographer: Allan Fernandes

A staged portrait intended to personify the standstill portrait of a refugee. A victim of war, terror, violence, and discrimination – the state of a refugee is solitary, motionless, blank, filled with anger and frustration with nowhere to go. Human settlements around the world, especially around border regions are witness to these uncertain and tragic times that accompany the life of refugees.

A staged portrait intended to personify the standstill portrait of a refugee. A victim of war, terror, violence, and discrimination – the state of a refugee is solitary, motionless, blank, filled with anger and frustration with nowhere to go. Human settlements around the world, especially around border regions are witness to these uncertain and tragic times that accompany the life of refugees.

CNN covered the photography exhibition and described it as the ´´festival of hope amid Aleppo fighting´´

The widely popular and highly regarded, New York´s Photo District News (PDN) reported, “Symbolic Opening” in War Zone

Aleppo International Photography Festival

Aleppo 11th International Photography Festival

It is indeed a great moment for me to be one of these select 48 artists from around the world, who have explored many photographic genre´s and created artistic works that are often par excellence.

I must mention here, for the knowledge of those reading this blog – Issa Touma has a long track record of supporting the Arts. In 1996, he opened the Le Pont Gallery, and in 1997, Le Pont hosted AIPF, which is said to be the first event in Western Asia to focus on contemporary international photography.

Since 1999, the organization has also hosted the International Woman’s Art Festival in Syria, an event that features variety of art – music, dance, theatre, sculpture, photography, performance, and video art.

“Art and culture do not need a visa to bring nations to meet each other.” – Issa Touma

Before the war in Syria, these activities of the Le Pont Organization, which include the Gallery, the Photography Festival, and the Woman’s Art Festival in Syria; annually drew more than of 25,000 visitors, including international students, diplomats and the general public.

R.I.P. Prabuddha Dasgupta

Legendary Indian photographer and one of my greatest inspirations in Indian photography, Prabuddha Dasgupta passed away last Sunday.

Prabuddha Dasgupta Self Portrait

I am shocked and saddened. For Prabuddha Dasgupta was a man who revolutionized fashion photography in this country. He and one of his students from the 90’s, are photographers whom I look upto.

His rich legacy of images will always be with us and remind of the great photographer he was.

May his soul rest in peace.

I will miss you dada.

Irony of Modern Times

Title: Irony of Modern Times

Genre: Documentary

Photography: The ‘Irony of Modern Times’ is one of the most heart-wrenching photographs I’ve shot.

Irony of Modern Times

Irony of Modern Times

The photographer of Irony of Modern Times can be contacted at www.allanfernandes.com/contact

Curly Hair, Leafy Vegetable

Title: Curly Hair, Leafy Vegetable

Genre: Documentary

Photography: A street photograph that exemplifies the vegetable hawker’s hair-do as a metaphor to the leafy vegetables he’s selling.

Curly Hair, Leafy Vegetable

Curly Hair, Leafy Vegetable

The photographer of Curly Hair, Leafy Vegetable can be contacted at www.allanfernandes.com/contact/

Flock of Cranes

Title: Flock of Cranes (2012)
100/100 Limited Edition Fine Art Photography Prints

Print Dimensions and Sale Price: To be Announced.

Photography: Shot from a vantage, the luminous reflection is a symbol to the photograph’s representation in paint – a beautiful mixture of photography and its surreal form that represents painting.

Flock of Cranes (2012)

Flock of Cranes (2012)

Refugee of another species on a solitary rock.

Did you notice? Amidst the flock of cranes, taken shelter on a solitary rock is a refugee of another species – almost merging with the sanctity of the image.

Fine Art Prints of the Flock of Cranes are available for sale. Enquiries are most welcome at www.allanfernandes.com/contact

City of Dreams

Title: City of Dreams (2012)
100/100 Limited Edition Fine Art Photography Prints

Print Dimensions and Sale Price: To be Announced.

Photography: Shot from atop the city’s highest mountain, this photograph covers the misty expanse of a metropolitan with a stunning foreground – capturing the flight of incoming migratory birds.

City of Dreams (2012)

City of Dreams (2012)

History: The Arabian Sea as seen in shimmering sunlight has served as a lifeline for the ethnic fisher folk of Mumbai for more than a thousand years.

Highlight of the Photograph: The incoming flight of birds is synonymous to the countless number of people all over the world who relocate to urban cities to try their fortunes.

The skyscrapers and hoards of buildings amidst the mist represent the extent of economic disparity and uncertainty that is true among urban populations around the world, so in Mumbai.

But inspite of all this, the human spirit keeps striving – in search wings for flight in the City of their Dreams!

Fine Art Prints of the City of Dreams are available for sale. Enquiries are most welcome at www.allanfernandes.com/contact

Reflection

Title: Reflection (2012)
100/100 Limited Edition Prints

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Background: Legend has it that a 16th century Indian Princess (Maharani) after bathing, unfurled her hair to dry, and basked her body in the morning sun, at her hilltop palace overlooking this scenic lake. Her ancestors’ legacy as the patrons of the Arts in India has survived 1000 years later; embodied in the UNESCO World Heritage temple sculptures of Khajuraho (incidentally the photographs of these ancient temples by French historian Alain Danielou were part of the first photography exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1949).

Photography: Shot from uphill, across the other side of the lake – the essence of ‘color, hue & light’ have exhibited their vitality as the ‘spices of photography’ through Reflection. As evident in the photograph, the brightly lit lakeside mountain village, under the gentle guardianship of the vast blue sky, has created a shimmering fusion of multiple colors in its reflection. A winding road up the mountain village, more than 100 dwellings, 49 visible strangers, and one stunning Reflection.

Reflection (2012)

Reflection (2012)

History: It is believed that the lake was built during the Gond Dynasty in ancient India. The principality of this lake and its region surprisingly finds mention in American Orientalist, Fitzedward Hall’s manuscripts from the 1860s, which I presume are currently housed within the archives at the Harvard University.

Fitzedward Hall's 1867 manuscript auction announcement, Leonard & Co., Boston.

Fitzedward Hall’s 1867 manuscript auction announcement, Leonard & Co., Boston. Image Courtesy – Harvard University.

Here’s what the research team stumbled upon recently. A copy of the 1867 ad, announcing the manuscripts’ auction by Leonard & Co., in Boston.

That’s not all – the temples in the region are found to have had close ties to the transcendental meditation guru of The Beatles. Here’s a slideshow of photographs by Pattie Boyd.

1000 years later the Reflection in its true meaning – Reflects History in all its Colors!

Fine Art Prints of the Reflection shall be available for sale. Enquiries are most welcome at www.allanfernandes.com/contact