“Delhi through my Lens” - A Photography Exhibition by Arvinder Singh Rooprai

Some call it the city of Cities, others a city of monuments and still others a melting pot of cultures and civilizations. I relate to Delhi as the City of Change – a city which is always evolving, adapting and embracing life.

From the “gallis” (streets) of Chandani Chowk (in old Delhi) named after food, to iconic India Gate, to the Tombs & Forts from our History, to the forever renovating high heeled Connaught Place, Delhi is a paradox. Modernism, materialism, culture and spirituality all find a way to coexist here.

I have been born and brought up in Delhi and have seen it go through dramatic evolutions. From being excavated in the late 90’s for laying Metro tracks to getting vivid facelifts for Common Wealth Games – Delhi always lives up to the challenge and remains flexible. I started with Photography only to capture people and the city in its many forms. After a decade of pursuing my inspiration – I am confident that the diversity of mystery and mysticism of my Delhi will keep me engaged for a lifetime.

Here are a few clicks (in the exhibition) that I produce to share my essence of Delhi – as I see it from the viewfinder. But the true essence of the picture lies in how the picture speaks to you as each speaks a complete story of its own.

These are some Photos that are on display

“PAINT IT YELLOW ”
Location: Safdarjung Tomb
(Notes: Rising Sun from behind the Tomb presented this beautiful photographic opportunity and during post processing an old paper texture was applied.)
“CHANDANI CHOWK”
Location: Streets of Chandani Chowk
(Notes: The streets of Chandani Chowk are very calm and peaceful before the regular hustle-bustle of life starts here)

“INQUISITIVE”
Location: Qutub Minar
(Notes: The foreign tourists exploring the engraved pillar corridors of Qutub Minar)
“THE LIGHT RAY”
Location: Sultangari, Vasant Kunj
(Notes: I waited for long and finally got this wonderful moment where the past ‘grave’, present ‘person holding baby’ and the future ’baby’ all came together under one light)

“BLOSSOM RED”
Location: Safdarjung Tomb
(Notes: Used 50mm lens to have the Bokeh effect on the Tomb in backdrop and applied old paper texture filter in post processing)

“THE SUN LAMP”
Location: India Gate
(Notes: Having patience in photography always yield results, to get the perfect shot with Sun perfectly placed behind the lamp and then flying bird to come into the frame needs some patience)

“WATER DISPENSER”
Location: Chandani Chowk
(Notes: It's an abundant water dispenser that can still be spotted in some parts of old Delhi, quenching the thrust of people in scorching Sun of summer)

“DADI-POTI KA MAKBRA”
Location: Hauz Khas/Green Park
(Notes: In this pair of Tombs the larger one (Dadi) is Lodhi era mausoleum and the smaller (Poti) is Tughlaq era)



About Arvinder
Graduated as Electronics Engineer & MBA in IT, Arvinder is professionally in the same realm from past 13years, but there has never been a flinch in his Worship for the Art of Photography.
Spent more than decade in self-learning and experimenting Photography, Arvinder has been part of many group photography exhibitions since 2008, his last group exhibition “Monuments of Delhi” organized by Delhi Heritage Photography Club, exhibited at India Habitat Center was a huge success in Nov.2012.
Arvinder has also got a photobook “LADAKH – a photographic journey” published in his name in 2012, which was his effort to generate funds for an NGO – AID (Association for India’s Development).
Apart from capturing the Monuments, People, Streets and Landscapes, Arvinder is a creative Wedding Photographer – capturing the exquisite emotions in their true sense, he translates moments into memories.
Or you can call him at +91-9818609404 to meet over a cup of coffee!!


(Venue: Delhi ‘O’ Delhi Foyer, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India)

(Exhibition date/timings: 1st Jan 2014 – 31st Jan 2014, 10am-7pm)


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