This short project was created in 2001, at Leicester, UK, with a group of 6 willing yet apprehensive men, mostly between the age of 17 and 21, and one person aged 50 years.
The participants, all of them heterosexual men, were randomly approached one day with the question: “Would you allow me to photograph you in women’s clothes?”
There were all kinds of reactions to that question – ranging from people running away in shock to some challenging it or being curious about it.
Postcards on Fire.
Three steps down
you’ll find a door
to unknown places
aged hopes that time erases
dull tight amber
dreams made opaque
and proof to leaks
through resilient years
of holidays in sodden shirtfronts
toe a few quick steps
and flame out a dance
in no time at all
Soumik Datta is a film/music/books-lover/collector. He happens to belong to the English Department of Jadavpur University (JUDE), Calcutta, but at the moment nobody is quite sure exactly how.
Public Spaces: Under Renovation or Demolition
PUBLIC SPACES is a look into popular (local) public areas constructed for public occupation and interaction. With use over time, the ragged edges tatter and attention wanes away from the weathered frequented charm of these places.
Government apartment housing in Calcutta and adjoining suburbs – characteristic of such projects in most similar projects in India – is starved of space and surging with human tide needing shelter. Matchbox designs and stairwells, which residents use to go out in the world and come back home, are dingy and devoid of air and light circulation, adding to the negative spatial effects on lifestyles.
Government-funded hotels, like most other government public constructional ventures invested in decades ago, are failing the test of time in the 21st century. Many years have passed since they were first erected and they are begging renovation and infrastructural and human resource upgrade.
Popular Colleges housing pop spaces over half century are wobbling on in house funds, knowing not how to invest it correctly. A confused Jesuit Administrative System of St.Xavier’s College, Calcutta, decided to uproot Calcuttan heritage in the Green Benches, adjoining the Gymnasium and Ancient Neem Trees. Illicit “modern” construction implies perpetual dust blowing into the school and college buildings from the vast common field and higher temperatures, besides displaced students from a lost shade.
A city favoured as the cultural gamut of Asia in a compendium, Kathmandu, in keeping in with European architectural styles, is one of the most popular airports with foreign adventure and culture enthusiasts.
A peek into PUBLIC SPACES, work in progress.
Vatsala Goel is a 20-year-old freelance photographer who is graduating in the Fall of 2009 from International Center of Photography, New York.
Moods and Moments in Monochrome
Insiya Poonawala is a postgraduate student of English at Jadavpur University, Calcutta.
The Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2008
Things to see, stuff to buy…
The fruit of wisdom tempts… Kala Ghoda – Garden of Eden?
Shoe Fetish, miniature ceramic and art installation.
Hanging by the moment – Rope Dance.
XXX graffiti on Mumbai Locals
Tania Dey and Aamina Nizar are students of Mass Communication at the Sophia College, Mumbai.
People and Places
Nandini Gupta is a postgraduation student of Media (Audiovisual) at the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune.