By Punya Srivastava
Frames of mind, Khushi Mishra, India Habitat Centre,New Delhi
The early morning mist hovering gently above a small still water body, reflecting spare tree trunks standing in the middle of the water reminded me of that early morning I had spent sitting beside the large French window of a guesthouse overlooking the Naini lake in Nainital, lost in the mesmerizing sight unfolding before me.
The dense early morning mist was playing ‘touch me if you can’ with the waters below, as the lamp posts all along the Mall road stood shimmering against the receding darkness. The photograph unlocked the memory of the pristine beauty of an untouched morning.
Each work of photography had something unique to offer, depending upon the frame of mind of the beholder. A black and white photo of a lone peacock sitting on a tree branch… waiting; a scarlet rose unfurling its petals in the softest way; colourful pinwheels evoking a tinge of childhood nostalgia, a gracefully decaying garden rose reminiscent of withered beauty – all these photographs reach out to the beholder, conveying different stories to different persons.The image of a pair of partridges meandering in a field flanked by browning grass in a Scottish countryside stirred in me the memories of my Enid Blyton days; of innocence and comfort that a carefree childhood provides.
Khushi merges her camera lens with her artistic vision, letting the photographs connect with the observer. She plays with the texture, hues and tones of some of her work by adding filters to bring out the best of those captured moments. Some of the works are printed on canvas, giving a feel of hand painted texture to the photographs. One such work titled Sitaaron se aagey jahan aur bhi hai, taken from Allama Iqbal’s poem that she found scribbled in her grandfather’s diary, is a shot of flying birds, filtered to denote the shimmering stars in a vast expansive sky.
Khushi Mishra is a lawyer, photographer and a dreamer, though not necessarily in that order. Frames of Mind is her second fine art photography exhibition.
What started as a break has helped her look within, get in touch with herself, and ultimately, enabled her to take the path that was meant to be.
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