By Shiv Ahuja
Meet Sunny Lamba. For the past three years, this photographer has been working on long term projects based on performing arts and has a large body of work on various Indian dance-forms. Apart from attending the 2011 Angkor Photography Workshop in Cambodia, Sunny’s work has been showcased at the inaugural edition of the Delhi Photo Festival in 2011 as well as at the PIX quarterly in June 2012.
In his new series, Sunny takes a subject that we’re all familiar with- Delhi’s Monuments, and shows them in a different light, literally! Here’s what Sunny had to say about this series:
“For long, I’ve been wanting to make pictures of what lies in front of our eyes but cannot be seen. Something that could probably be imagined but not seen until and unless we make impressions of it. And photography was one option for me to see, understand and explore that.”
He tells us about the process and equipment used in his ‘Monuments on a Full moon Night’ series. “To start off, I chose the monuments which we might have seen or photographed so many times, but most likely not on a full-moon night. These pictures are shot on Lomography Sprocket Rocket, which is a panoramic film camera.”
“Some might feel or argue, that I’m not the only one who has made such pictures. But for me, it is to explore and understand my thought process, which keeps me at it.”
Long exposures have a slightly surreal quality, and Sunny has used that to his advantage to create these photographs. To make a long exposure, the camera shutter is left open and the film is exposed for longer durations, in effect recording the passage of time in a single frame. The muted colours and the mood in these photographs is what makes them different.
To keep yourselves updated with Sunny’s photography, have a look at his Facebook page here.
And to see more of his work, log on to cargocollective.com/sunnylamba