Indians are tolerant when it comes to matters of faith and worship. Find out more with a series of photographs by Frenchman Rene Morel
French photographer Rene Morel is a man of few words. He would rather let his photographs speak. And they meet his expectations. His black and white frames show people across India immersed in their faith.
Inspired by the legendary Henri Cartier-Bresson, Morel follows the tradition of the humanist photographers. This style of photography became popular in France during the mid 1940s. The focus was shifted towards the common man in the aftermath of the World War II.
According to Morel, black and white lends glory and dignity to the human beings he clicks. And he calls himself merely a witness. Here he shares his thoughts on his latest exhibition which begins today but is open to public from September 17 to 18th at Alliance Francaise, Galerie Romain Rolland, 72, Lodi Estate.
On zooming in on faith and belief
My interest is not just confined to faith or belief but nevertheless, I think it's right to say that India offers an amazing and fascinating show of this expression. I am French and France is a country where faith and religion is seen as private and personal. It shouldn't be exhibited outside home or church. Therefore, regarding exhibition of faith, to me the question always remains: Is that really authentic or demonstrative?
On clicking these pictures elsewhere
In India people are very tolerant and open-minded in general, and shooting people when worshipping would be very tough, or even dangerous anywhere else in the world.
On working in India
I have been living here for two years. Change of environment could be challenging but is always rewarding and fulfilling. The approach of the subject is crucial, especially when shooting people. To be discreet, tactful and respectful is very important. That's why I have recently changed my camera. My approach towards photography is an artistic one.