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On top Chorier has had his share of mishaps in the pursuit of his art
On top Chorier has had his share of mishaps in the pursuit of his art

Nicholas Chorier’s collection of photographs, Kite’s Eye View, offers a unique perspective

A collection of photographs by Nicholas Chorier titled “Kite’s Eye View: India Between Earth & Sky” has been published by Roli Books. The photographs have all been captured using the technique of kite photography, where aerial pictures are taken by using a kite to lift the camera.

Some of the spectacular sights captured by the French photographer in this book include the Amber Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Nagaur Fort, Pushkar, Chittorgarh, Taj Mahal, Hampi, Mamallapuram and the beaches and backwaters of Kerala.

“In a helicopter, you steal the photographs, and go away. But in kite photography, every picture has a story. I am with the people, on the ground. They help me,” explains the photographer who has been shooting in India for many years.

Preferring to call himself a “craftsman” rather than an “artist”, Chorier builds the kites himself. His largest kite measures around 40 square feet. He has used the technique of kite photography in the fields of agronomy research, archaeology, tourism, national heritage surveys, and wildlife documentaries in places as diverse as India, Brazil, Malaysia, Laos and Uzbekistan. Each of these applications led him to devise tailor-made hardware and photographic techniques, with the result that he is now a master of the art form. An eloquent admirer of India, Chorier has had his share of mishaps in the pursuit of his art. He has been arrested four times. While shooting the Chinese fishing nets in Cochin, the neighbouring Marine base raised an alarm. When photographing Mahabalipuram, he was accused of spying on the nuclear power plant. In North India he has to guard his kite against the attacks of the local kites. But Chorier has braved these setbacks with great results.

As part of the Bangalore launch of “Kite’s Eye View: India Between Earth & Sky”, an exhibition of Chorier’s photographs is being held between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. till September 7 at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Kumara Krupa Road.




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