Walking through this city of cities I wonder when and how this unknown city became my second home.
Delhi had always fascinated me with its vastness, the stories of its rich heritage, of conquests, of victories, of losses, of poets and its being. I was already in love with this idea of Delhi and once I started living here I completely fell for it, head over heels.
From being an outsider, to now being a flâneuse, exploring and conducting walks and archiving this city’s everyday, I meet a new Delhi every time I visit a different street of Delhi. Strange enough where people say Delhi as being an unsafe city, it is she who has made me a full time walker, a wanderer, a flâneuse. And it is during these meanderings that I realised what a beautiful amalgam Delhi’s everyday creates through the daily dialogue in the streets between the past and the present, the modern and the historical. I have captured these moments and is now presented as an exhibition of street photography, Amalgam: The Everyday of Delhi which is currently on display in the Delhi ‘o’ Delhi foyer of India Habitat Centre, till the 31 March 2017.
It is an attempt to capture the stories of the living beings and their lived realities. A girl walking in Delhi monsoon, the beauty in the chaos of Khari baoli spice market’s everyday or in the stillness of the idols at an idol workshop in CR park before the Durga Pujas. And in all these frames my eyes kept searching for more women in public space and include them in the frame, not to glorify or celebrate their presence in public but to say that there are women out there waiting for more women to join them. Waiting for more flâneuses to exercise and claim their right to the city.
(The images are on display in the Delhi ‘o’ Delhi foyer, India Habitat Centre and are up for Sale.)
Photos & Article by: Pallavi