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This series seeks to explore modern India’s built environment as the physical manifestation of its society’s ideals. Engaging with the urban and arterial Indian landscape, these images contemplate the way we relate to the man-altered landscape and how it reflects us.

The sites photographed—slum rehabilitation projects, housing colonies, peripheries of new business centres, suburban townships, sites of environmental degradation and open spaces that are pending development—are of contemporary interest to us as a society.

Through a gradually unfolding narrative, the project intends to encourage viewers to critically consider the built landscape and question the forces that are shaping it’s constant metamorphosis.
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The project was initially supported by the India Habitat Fellowship for Photography 2008. The photographs are made using a large format (4×5) camera, on colour negative film.

New Navy Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai, 2007

New Navy Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai, 2007

Billboards, Bandra Reclamation, Mumbai 2007

Billboards, Bandra Reclamation, Mumbai, 2007

Sun 'N Sea, Versova, Mumbai, 2007

Sun ‘N Sea, Versova, Mumbai, 2007

 

Low-Income Housing, Greater Noida Expressway, 2007

Low-Income Housing, Greater Noida Expressway, 2007

 

New Sangam Housing Society (SRA), Versova, Mumbai, 2007

New Sangam Housing Society (SRA), Versova, Mumbai, 2007

MMRDA Colony (SRA), Powai, Mumbai, 2007

MMRDA Colony (SRA), Powai, Mumbai, 2007

 

Wastewater Treatment Drain, Mindspace, Malad, 2007

Wastewater Treatment Drain, Mindspace, Malad, 2007

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Former Slum Walls and Railway Officers’ Colony, Lower Parel, Mumbai, 2008

Tata Colony, Bandra, Mumbai, 2007

Tata Colony, Bandra, Mumbai, 2007

Middle-Income Housing Colony, Greater Noida Expressway, 2007

Construction Site, Powai, Mumbai, 2008

Construction Site, Powai, Mumbai, 2008

Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, 2007

Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, 2007

BDD Chawl, Sewri, Mumbai, 2008

BDD Chawl, Sewri, Mumbai, 2008

Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, 2008

Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, 2008

Slum Walls & MbPT Colony, Reay Road, Sewri, Mumbai, 2008

Slum Walls & MbPT Colony, Reay Road, Sewri, Mumbai, 2008

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SRA Colony, Chandivali, Mumbai, 2008

 

 
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