Velocity of Darkness by Bivas Bhattacharjee
The madman is a clever man, for I cannot hold a secret, but he can. I try to see it in his eyes, but they reveal nothing. Till they do and I am shocked at the sight of the whirlpool that tumbles beyond.
Velocity of Darkness is a project I have worked on for 2 years in the city of Kolkata capturing candid moments of vulnerability. It is the documentation of the hidden, or the unreal, when emotions have surpassed the mask of civility.
The final project will be in the form of a book where an image is always accompanied by text; the text being the absurd brother of the photographic document.
The photographic document is also never direct or factual. It is structured to make the viewer feel uneasy as if they are faced with a situation which they can fix but are unable to. This is the base on which the narrative stands, this uneasiness. It is the heart and the soul of the piece.
Then there are a few images which are metaphysically positioned. These images pose the introspective moments between the uneasiness. The questions that frame our existence.
Velocity of darkness in the end is not a single image themed around a subject, but rather single images constructing a theme. It is montage of a city overpopulated, surviving at the brim of collapse, holding onto an age when things were somewhat “golden”.
Additional Note: Selections from Velocity of Darkness has received multiple awards and honourable mentions in photo awards and exhibitions from across the world. Most notably winning the Bronze award for the Book Documentary Series award at Prix De La Photographie, France in 2017.
Date:18th- 24th August 2017
Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Road
Viewing Time: 11 am – 7 pm