Title: Reflection (2012)
100/100 Limited Edition Prints
Print Dimensions & Sale Price: To be Announced.
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.
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.
Here’s what the research team stumbled upon recently. A copy of the 1867 ad, announcing the manuscripts’ auction by Leonard & Co., in Boston.
1000 years later the Reflection in its true meaning – Reflects History in all its Colors!