|Year of creation||2021|
|Dimensions||91 W × 61 H × 1 D cm|
|Type of art||photography|
|Style||black and white|
|Type of packaging||art tube|
Images of this story were shot in different regions of Ladakh and Zanskar. I have shot inside ancient Buddhist Monasteries which date back about 2000 years or more. These monasteries are located in the remotest regions of the Indian Himalayas. This area of Ladakh & Zanskar is also known as “Mini Tibet”. The images displayed here are the first in a series of a personal journey where I search answers to some fundamental questions about life, its meaning and purpose and about the nature of ‘Reality’.
My name is Madhur Dhingra and I am fine art photographer based both in Toronto (Canada ) & New Delhi (India ) I was born an only child to my parents in Delhi, into a family torn apart by the aftermath of the India-Pakistan partition. I did my schooling from St.Xavier's High School, Delhi. After school I went to the Delhi University and took up English Honors as my subject. India-Pakistan partition bloodbath resulted my then affluent family moving to New Delhi completely penniless and shattered. This resulted in massive insecurity within the family members. Though born much later in Delhi I was forced to inherit all those very insecurities. Photography came to me as a fulfillment of a void that has plagued me because of those insecurities. It started as a hobby in 1996, later to become an acute passion and profession. I studied photography at the prestigious art institute “Triveni Kala Sangam” situated in Mandi House, New Delhi. After passing out from there I started shooting product photography for all major advertising agencies in New Delhi. I have done campaigns for prestigious agencies like O&M, MAA, Interface and a host of others. I now have 25 years of photography behind me. However my real passion lies in shooting people. I am an Fine Art / Impressionist Street Photographer, passionate about shooting random happenings and unknown faces on streets. I keep experimenting with new techniques & style to make my images unique. I shoot in- studio and on the streets, handling both studio and ambient light artistically. I am a strong believer in photography being a lifelong affair with learning and experimenting. Personally I tend to get bored soon doing similar images. As a photographer I have an inherent urge to continuously evolve both in style and technique. It is pertinent to say here that my images reflect to a large extent the void and emptiness I carry with me from my childhood till date. Isolation resulting because of the pandemic made me search rigorously for a style which I could call entirely my own. My current work is a result of that very search. Many international magazines and galleries too have published my recent work. My recent solo exhibition in Erquy-France was a big success. Four photography clubs of Brittany (France) got together and sponsored my solo show in the town of Erquy in December 2022. A documentary was also made on me and my style of work, and displayed in the Town Hall of Erquy during my exhibition. Four major newspapers of France published articles on my work. The 20 images displayed were sold out completely, some printed in more than once as more than one buyer wanted them. My exhibitions and work have been highly acclaimed and published in India, Europe & Canada & America.