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Uninvited Dreams of a Bitter Response by Ritam Talukdar

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

"The considerable change of situation in terms of the season getting colder and having shorter days is like experiencing the same seasonal patterns of major dejected episodes during a specific time of a year. The static resonance of the conscious effort to maintain a significantly jovial mood is dampened at every turn when the winter makes its mark. It’s a strange phenomenon that occurs in conjunction with changes in the season, especially during the arrival of the chilly winds. My love for this season has always been a priority, but I have always managed to extend my effort to explore the emptiness that the surrounding has to offer, resembling a part of the deserted feeling that I familiarise with. I photographed the hollowed resonance that rules the milieu, experienced by a depressed person, in terms of the landscapes and the habitants, amidst the mist that clouds your existence.

Winter generally stands for the time of carnivals, holidays, get-together parties and family reunions. But for most of winter, I was away from home. The feeling of staying within a work routine often gave rise to an emotion that cannot stay hidden away from the general opines of human agony. Moving far away from the urban cultures of the cityscapes, these subtle emotions are clearly visible and the solidarity can be felt more beautifully as we embrace the gloomy presence in full glory, and the tired eyes only make an attempt to regain their consciousness with much ingratitude.

This particular attempt to bring in an emotional set of imagery comparing them with the misty landscapes, trying to depict the unsaid sadness was almost like experiencing a reverse nightmare staying as a prisoner trapped within his personal history. This is indeed something more that one can comply with."

-Ritam Talukdar

About the artist:

Ritam Talukdar is a story teller who likes to tell narratives through visual mediums that he uses to depict the daily emotions of life he copes with. He believes that every place has a consciousness of its own and it gets affected with every single action that one takes to create or disrupt it as it somehow affects the harmony.

He has worked as a product photographer and a child photographer for various e-commerce companies and for a US based start-up. Apart from being a photographer, he keeps a keen interest in the field of performance arts and has participated in three international artist residency programs held within India. He was also associated with the contemporary art group Narrative Movements for a span of three long years and was in their management group for organising the first Bangla Biennale (2019) in Komdhara, Hooghly, West Bengal.

You can find his work here, here and here.


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