Turtuk, is one of the northernmost village of India situated in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir located in the Nubra tehsil, 205 km from Leh, on the banks of the Shyok River. It is the only Balti region under the Indian administration on which India gained control over after the 1971 war with Pakistan. Geographically, Turtuk lies in the Baltistan Region and is one among four such villages in India, the other three being Tyakshi, Chalunkha and Thang. The residents of Turtuk and its adjoining villages speak Balti language along with Ladakhi and Urdu. Turtuk is the last outpost of India at Thang after which Pakistan-controlled Gilgit-Baltistan begins. Turtuk is one of the gateways to the Siachen Glacier. Turtuk is also very famous for the availability of different varieties of fruits especially apricots. While in Ladakh, adopting birth control is often considered unholy, in Turtuk, it is also customary on the girl child (irrespective of the age) to take care of her male sibling. Here are three photographs of sisters taking care of their younger brothers in Turtuk. The photographs were shot during the third week of July 2019 at Turtuk. In a world conscious of gender equality, there are still areas where gender plays a huge role in terms of division of social responsibilities. As a photographer, while I came across numerous such situations wherein sisters were cradling their brothers, I didn’t come across a single occasion where I could see the opposite.
Photographing the Kumbh Mela is a challenge almost as great as the event itself. It’s rare in the life of a photographer to have the opportunity be on scene at the largest religious spectacle on earth – India’s Kumbh Mela. Much like the aspirations of every devout Muslim to attend the Haj at Mecca at least once in their lifetime, the same is true for devout Hindus attending the Kumbh Mela.
Why does a successful painter and graphic artist suddenly decide to toss his paints and brushes and take up photography? Well in the case of Swarup Chatterjee of Mumbai, it was two things – the challenge of expressing his imagination through a light capturing contraption, and pure laziness!
Painting and photography are often considered similar artistic expressions. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a painter before he became a photographer, and became a painter again in his retirement. While his artistic sense informed his photography in terms of his ability to see the world in constantly changing light and compositional potential, he never considered photography as art.
I can only wonder: if HCB had lived to see the full potential of digital and how it has afforded us the ability to paint and create with light as never before, might he have come to change his mind?
As a painter, I always cherished the gentle friction of brush over canvas, the pressure used to create those sparkling nuances that brought my imagination to life. I would always begin with a brush but would quickly find my fingers smudging the colors. This technique has often provided an additional depth and added an element of life in my paintings…
Painter-turned-photographer Swarup Chatterjee captures movements, colours, expressions and action in his photographs.
From dry leaves, crows taking wing, an angry passerby’s expression to a beggar in tears sitting in a corner and colours of freshness after a monsoon downpour, painter-turned-award winning photographer Swarup Chatterjee captures varied movements, expressions, colours and action. “My story is that of a little child who always wanted to be an artist — a painter. However, just like in most middle-class households, my parents wanted me to become a doctor, engineer or…
Swarup Chatterjee is an award winning Indian painter who changed the course of his artistic expression to street photography just a few years ago, and people are taking notice. He’s already begun winning photographic awards for his images expressed with a painterly vision – a vision that shines through the full range of his work, surreal to a documentary.
Chatterjee says his slow-shutter image making is the closest to his painting, with his camera movements during the exposure similar to the thumb or finger smudging done on a canvas with paint…
A photograph I had shot during the Holi festival inside the Nandagaon temple was published by Prajavani, a Kannada daily newspaper with one of the widest circulations in India (readership of over 2 million).
The photo was published on the occasion of Jagachitra 2018, an annual photography exhibition in aid of The Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI). The entire proceeds from the event was donated to MSSI. This is the fourth time I participated in this exhibition.