Fine Art: Landscapes (AMATEUR) - HONORABLE MENTION
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About author:Bio by Robi Chakraborty I was inspired to choose photography growing up around a family friend who took photos on many of our trips together while living in Kenya. As a young adult, I studied photography under O.P. Sharma at Triveni Kala Sangam Photography in New Delhi, India. I then worked in commercial and press photography in New Delhi. A highlight was working with Blossom Kochhar and photographing her models in New Delhi before I moved to the US in 1985. Having lived for many years in the US, Nepal and Africa and being Indian-American, I feel my citizenship is one that is more global and anthropologic. I feel I can often bring a foreign lens or a new perspective to what may be familiar to me culturally. I returned to India after 13 years of being out-of-country in 1998. It was as if I was looking at a previous life experience. India and Nepal fascinate and pull me artistically: I feel like I am looking both from the outside in and the inside out. I discover something new every time I visit my country of origin as each state in India is vastly different in terms of language and customs. India is rapidly changing. The big cities are looking more and more like the West with new townships, highway flyovers and new airports. I focus on the India that is less affected by these changes, the villages that are ancient and timeless in their beauty. I also photograph parts of culture which are becoming extinct such as the elder women of the Apatani Tribe in Arunachal Pradesh who are the last generation to have facial tattoos. I have also spent time recently photographing the way of life of the Konyak people in Nagaland, India.
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