Three different impressions

Three photographers and three different looks and impressions. Trace(s) is a photo exhibition where the photographers attempt to bring out their own meaning in a photograph. Marie Langlest’s work may seem more abstract as for her Trace(s) is “about memories.

It’s about the past we carry with us everywhere. This past is deep inside of you, part of you, with all the good and the bad. It’s the path that links you from place to place. Even if you go from central Europe to India via the UK, like a red line, a conductor string, it makes sense of who we are,”  says Langlest.

The colours in the photographs are so mesmerising, that one can hear the sounds of the landscape ringing in their ears. The Falling Tree, Russia photograph is one such simple photograph.

Franco-Russian photographer Ioulia Chvetsova specialises in travel photography. After completing the Open College of the Arts, London, distant photography course in 2009, she travelled to and lived in Nepal, Tadjikistan and India, documenting the traditions, festivals and overall culture she discovered along the way. Her photographs of Muharram, Holi and Monkey are eye-openers for Indians. We may never have seen Holi or Muharram as her photographs tell us. It reminds us of how loosely connected we are with our own culture.

Alan Rubin has been “tracing” his way through Old Delhi’s streets. He did “not have an agenda really, only curiosity and a desire to learn”. Wandering around in this amazing community and its intense flow of people and space, his shutter clicked at the right time and something interesting and greater than the sum of its parts was created. Even though their meaning may be ambiguous these images are intended
to “reflect our shared humanity”.


Rubin’s photographs are all black and white. “When I first went to Old Delhi, the colourful mirage overwhelmed me. I had never been anywhere like that before. It was difficult for me to think. After visiting the place a few more times, I decided to eliminate the colours from the place. I felt it reflected the deeper side of things. It’s been a year now, and I still go there. Hence, my next exhibition may also have coloured photographs,” he tells Metrolife.


‘Trace(s)’, a photography exhibition by Ioulia Chvetsova, Marie Langlest and Alan Rubin is on at Alliance Francaise de Delhi till June 16 from 10 am to 8 pm.

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