All comers invited to smell, hear, touch his photographs
NEW DELHI: To capture the essence of India, 27-year-old Spanish photographer Inigo Escriva de Romani Cano got involved with its people, absorbed its multi-ethnic culture and its rich traditions during his one-year stay in the country. Now that his first solo exhibition of 22 micro-photographs (magnified images) is on view at Instituto Cervantes on Hanuman Road in New Delhi, he wants the discerning photo lovers to not only observe his pictures but also smell, hear and touch them.
“The observer must touch with his fingertips the walls of the buildings. He must listen to the laughter of a rickshaw driver and smell the spices,” he says.
Stating that it was a dream come true for him to travel across the country, Inigo says: “I got an opportunity to visit your country because of my girlfriend’s new job. When she got an employment offer at the commercial office of the Spanish Embassy in New Delhi, she casually asked me whether I would like to accompany her. I replied in the affirmative and am not repenting my decision.”
Travelling in locomotives with his handbag and Nikon D 300 camera, Inigo visited a number of cities such as Amritsar, Atari, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai and Kolkata: “It has been a fantastic experience as I also got a glimpse of the backwaters of Kerala and picturesque Goa. India has shown and taught me a lot. I got to see how people lead their daily lives and this is what I have highlighted in my exhibition.”
Photography has always been Inigo’s passion but he never got a chance to express his love for this interesting profession so beautifully. “The exhibition that is now on till September 18 highlights the country’s religion, cricket, food, Bollywood and saris. I captured a picture of a television set beaming Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.”
Here in the Capital, Inigo visited the bustling streets of Old Delhi many times.
“I have tried the roadside eateries selling traditional Mughlai food and also observed the historic Jama Masjid. I was so mesmerised by the medieval monument that I took a number of pictures. I have also captured the smile of a rickshaw puller and a Muslim meat shop,” he gushes.
A graduate in journalism, Inigo completed various courses of photography in Madrid. His work in travel photography has been described by critics as “revolutionary”, providing a new and different vision of the countries he visits.
Inigo is scheduled to leave for Spain on September 29, but is so much besotted with India that he wants to stay on here for some more time.