Life in Black & White
Photography for me is a very personal experience. My quest is to see and depict the light… the light within as the light without. It is about using the light outside to make one connect with the light inside, as also, to capture stillness.
Stillness - a moment of inner peace and quietude.
Stress and daily difficulties in abundance, call for moments of stillness, both of the mind and the soul. It is this stillness and silence that recharges us. While we all try, in our own way to achieve this via our own God, for me, these also present themselves in visual situations around us. These moments, unfortunately, often go unnoticed by us. I try and capture these. To cherish and record, as a sort of stopgap arrangement till I can find actual peace.
Photography helps me share these with others. I hope they do also find some peace and tranquility in these images.
Prarthana Modi INDIA
Based at New Delhi, India, Prarthana Modi studied photography at Central St. Martins School of Art & Design and The School of Black & White Photography, London.
A creative photographer, she captures all her images on conventional silver halide (black & white) film, only and her images are sold as limited edition, archival prints.
The choice of black & white is because Prarthana likes to see the starkness of the situation, in the image - colours distract her from this.
She shoots by instinct; doesn’t dabble with different types of equipment and lenses and abhors using the flash.
Having exhibited her works in solo & group exhibitions in India as well as London, Paris, Shanghai, Amsterdam, USA & UK, she received an Honorable Mention for Wildlife Photography by IPA, International Photography Awards.
Silent Shades of Grey, by Art Junction, New Delhi
Silencieux, by La Capitale Galerie, Paris, France
Still, by Seagull Arts at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Still, by Seagull Arts at Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre, Kolkata
The Indecisive Moment, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Visions of India (with Derry Moore), by Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK
Some Group Exhibitions
Art Exhibit, The India Story, Kolkata
India Arch Dialogue, Gallery 1AQ, New Delhi
The Lair, Egg Art Studio, New Delhi
The Awesome, The Public House of Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Faith, Wonderwall, New Delhi
A Tale of Three Cities, Wonderwall, New Delhi
37 Indian Still Lifes by Tasveer, in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Ahmedabad
United Uttarakhand Unveiled by Wonderwall & Leap Foundation, New Delhi
International Photography Exhibit 2013 (to benefit women’s rights in India) by The Caroline Gallery, Rochester, NY, U.S.A.
The 11th Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition by Shanghai Photographers Association with FIAP, PSA & RPS, in Shanghai, China
ARTiculate 2012 by Pratham UK & SaffronArt, in London, U.K.
Take 2! (The Bollywood Show) 2011 by Arushi Arts, New Delhi
Faith –The Endless Journey by Wonderwall, , New Delhi
Indian Photography by AM Gallery, Brighton, UK
Memories of Another Day by Wonderwall, New Delhi
Harvest 2010 by Arushi Arts, New Delhi
Harvest 2008 by Arushi Arts, New Delhi
People for Animals, New Delhi
Honorable Mention for Wildlife Photography by International Photography Awards
Assignments for Charity
1) Photo essay on National Association for the Blind, New Delhi in 2004-05
2) Calendar for 2010 for Udayan Care, New Delhi
3) Calendar for 2015 for Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, New Delhi
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