“India is incredible,” says Lowell Douglas Ing alias Doug Ing, an Hawaii-American artist, whose documentary on Taj Mahal postcard brought him name and fame.
Doug approaches each subject differently while shooting a documentary. When he wanted to do a documentary on Taj Mahal, he was initially taken aback when he was not allowed to take a video camera and had to do with an ordinary camera.
The final product of the documentary received a tremendous recognition at New York International Asian Film Festival.
He concentrated more on the number of people being picturised before the monument than the world popular Taj Mahal.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Doug Ing said that he has completed MFA, Media Arts Production at a college in New York, MA in Cinema Studies, BA in Chinese Language and Literature, General Art and also holds an extension certificate in film and video.
Expert in creating his own postcards for the past 20 years, he has shown his expertise in collage work in the post cards, which has won him a lot of accolades.
A short film Jikken in Japanese language, was screened at MFA film festival at New York and got him three awards for best sound design, best documentary editing, best documentary.
Displaying his various themes of postcards, he said he has not failed to sketch and collage a postcard welcoming Chinese New Year be it a monkey or a dog. Talking about his collage works, Doug says most of the times he uses the waste in his dustbin such as a crumbled paper, threads, stubs and other things, and the outcome is stunning.
His current project is a documentary on a 95-year-old man staying at one of the youth hostels owned by YMCA, US, which is at the editing stage.
He is fascinated with the local toys available in front of the tourist spots and is completely bowled over by the spicy chaats. He says the spicy paani puri and the fresh tender coconuts are also available in the US but are very expensive.
Climbing the Chamundi hills was an enjoyable experience he says and has clicked several pictures of the bullock smeared of turmeric and paint and is eager to watch cattle fair.
He would be again visiting Mysore at the end of the year and plans to film a documentary on the city.