Once upon a time, Samsara, an oriental tale that depicts portraits, landscapes and past moments. It reflects the feeling of catching the air only to fail at it. It feels like a cyclone in summer but embodies calmness and plenitude. Samsara is a photo exhibition that transcends time and space (one at a time).
When you walk into the room and meet each photograph, the background music goes in unison only to transport us into a poetic world. Each hanging piece, makes the whole space shimmer. I've pierced my eyes enough to see details lurking in the background like a rainbow after the storm. This type of exhibition is a gift we should hold onto tightly. You travel to another land without leaving Mauritian soil.
The Power of Tomorrow
It all started with a black and white photo called The Power of Tomorrow. Abhijeet Sibartie's sensitivity can be foreseen a hundred miles away. I love the intensity that emanates from that piece. It leaves an indelible mark right from the start.
Charismatic figure. The eyes of an old man, a glance so intense, a body adorned in striking colour. Is it a smirk that I can sense under his beard? One of my fav. One that I could stare at for a while. Will you join me? As I zoom in, new sparkles in the eyes, new expressions, and emotions present themselves. They are distinctive enough to keep me on my toes.
The eyes of an old man can narrate stories worth a decade.
A Thousand Sparks
It looks like heaven in my mind. Peaceful and luminous. A glowy space giving off a thousand sparks. Ladies pathing their way to their destination. The scenery is magnificent. ~I wonder if Abhijeet Sibartie was hiding behind bushes to capture that perfect piece of art at the perfect timing. I love how photographs tell a story (halfway) and let you fill in the blanks on your own.
Mystified by the culture, colours, music, traditions, and bindi. India and its attachment hold its place - a dear one in my heart. My dream is to visit Kerala and its nearby. With the help of Samsara, I've drifted there for a while.
Majestic Agra Fort
In these moments, between photos and pauses, I lose focus. In these moments, I move in slow motion. One step forward, one step backwards, it feels like a dance. But, it's just me taking photos from every angle. Taking the time to narrate how I felt, or to simply articulate my emotions. All in all, going to exhibitions makes me appreciate life even more.
Sharing my perception to help keep these arts in motion. A pass time that repays me in peace.
In my mind, once an artist puts art in the public eye, it belongs to no one, it belongs to everyone. You and I can call these photographs home. A place where we can find refuge and let our imagination run wild.
It belongs to no one. It belongs to everyone.
City Palace Royal Guard, Jaipur
Through his stellar photographs, Abhijeet Sibartie transmits the underlying modesty of the Indian culture.
A Glimpse of Eternal Love
While there, I drew my face close enough but as long as they don't touch they'll be just fine. I fell hard as the excitement came creeping in. I was swept away by all these beautiful photo shoots. I can still picture that magic after all these days.
Right there where I stood. A 360-degree glance around the room in the usual way took me to holy ground. In the world of Samsara.
Time stands still. The colour, the atmosphere, a beautiful package that transports us elsewhere. Delicate photographs of day-to-day activities that translate a palette of emotions. It opens the gate of anyone's sensitivity - at least mine.
Lonesome bliss tracks me down. A perfect image that reminds me of my alone time. It delivers a sense of inner peace. What do you think?
Hay & Cattle 2019
It feels like Abhijeet Sibartie has a beautiful love affair with photography. His camera flashes to make things look like a dream. Attending shows like this one makes me a lucky one.
Mustard Beauty, 2019
A portrait, a human, a story and subtle sensitivity - that's my biggest takeaway from Samsara's photo exhibition.
This ends my little narration of Samsara's tale, but it's just the beginning for you. I highly recommend that you explore Abhijeet Sibartie's work by visiting his website: A.SIBARTIE and Instagram account abhijeet_sibartie and abhijeet.photo.
Until next time, choose shows like this one over a chill day at home.