I have been itching to do a portrait series for quite some time but always hesitated, never felt portraits were my forte. This project was a way to put my doubts to rest and try my hand at this genre.
I have always been fascinated by Holi, the hindu festival of colors. As a child we used to enjoy by participating in the festival, in the recent few years I have enjoyed photographing and documenting this festival in Dallas. The fascination of colors have now permeated into mainstream culture with the advent of “Run or Dye” which is a colorful run event hosted in major US cities.
Faces are the very first impression we get of anyone. Busy with the intricacies of life they often display the serious look. It does not matter which culture, creed, community or country you belonged, it is quite universal. “Holi”, the Hindu festival of colors which symbolizes new beginning, change of season, good over evil epitomizes heartfelt joy and happiness. “HOLI – The Diptych Project” is a visual juxtaposition of these diverse explorations through the lens of Holi. It demonstrates that regardless of race, nationality, gender or culture we get transformed into this new avatar with Holi colors.
Here are a few shots from this project, the entire project has 15 diptychs and 55 photographs and is available as a Blurb book, see below for details. The Bio’s were written by the people who were photographed for this project, they come from Afghanistan, Belgium, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam, and USA.