New Delhi: In a unique demonstration of patriotism, a doctor couple settled in UK have driven from London to New Delhi in their Honda Civic, over a four-month period and have chosen the medium of photographs to tell their story.
Combining adventure with photography to create a montage of different landscapes, cultures, people and socio-ethnic diversities, they have given ‘swadesh’ a new meaning in their exhibition of photographs, aptly titled, “A long road home”.
Dr J. Aryabhat Gopaldas, a 32-year old physician and Dr Ashlesha Bagadia, a 29-year old psychiatrist, both went to the UK four years ago for higher education. Wanting to soak in every bit of their new experience,they explored the British countryside, actively participating in outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountaineering, white water rafting, sky diving and scuba diving.
Which is when the bug of travel bit them and since they wished to make the adventure meaningful, they chalked out an agenda for themselves. Starting out from London on 27March, they traveled through 18 countries covering 20,000 km in a car that really behaved itself. long the way, their camera panned striking visual images in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iran.
The idea which gripped them two years ago, took time to materialize since a fair amount of minute detailing had to be done before they embarked on their long joureny back home.
Their objective was to explore different countries and regions to get a better understanding of how people live, what the different cultures are and what drives their fight for daily existence. Their biggest learning came when they realized that it was the lack of understanding of different cultures that results in a continuous manifestation of strife, violence and conflict in the world that we all inhabit.
What also made their trip special was the fact that they touched upon most sites which are considered archeologically, culturally and historically important, such as The Greek Civilizations and The Indus Valley Civilizations, to name a few.
Some of the breathtaking visuals they captured include a night picture of Flouroscent Nile in Cairo, rock formations in Turkey, a quaint log hut, nestling in the quiet waters of the Norwegian Artic Circle and a ski slope across a frozen lake Sweden. More pictures can be accessed from http://www.ibnlive.com/photogallery/430.html
Serving a societal cause
“We are fundraising in aid of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, registered charity and hope to in some way make a contribution to their multifarious activities which help vulnerable children have better access to health centres, education, nutrition and protection” said the doctor duo enthusiastically.
An exhibition of 40 exclusive photographs was curated by Delhi based photographer Sandeep Biswas and was on public display at the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature. The exhibition which comes to a close on 17July, can be viewed thereafter on an online art gallery, www.wonderwall.co.in where the pictures should be uploaded by 20July. These would be modestly priced and viewers can download details and book orders.
Wonderwall is a site esclusive dedicated to making Fine Art Photography an accessible form of art to the public at large and is run by photographer Ajay Rajgarhia.