“I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do.”
And when you do see Delhi in black and white, it looks surreal. The city comes to life and the structures start speaking to you. Black and white or monochrome transports us to an old world which has a charm of its own. Colours give vibrance to a picture while the colourlessness of monochrome gives the picture its soul. As English Photographer Dominic Rouse puts it, “Colour is everything, black and white is more.”
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”- Susan Sontag
It is thus a great way to preserve time for generations to look back and get an idea of the social and urban milieu of the days bygone.
This photo essay tries to capture the everyday essence of Delhi. Let’s see how a monochrome Delhi looks like.
All pictures are © Pallavi/ Delhi Galiyara