For someone who is mostly surrounded by Djs and Music Producers, conversations seem to be repetitive, time over again. At home, talking about music, listening to promos. Out for a gig, discussing how great [or bad] the act is. Away for a small trip, sitting on the most awesome roof top place, concerned debates about what direction is the music industry is headed to, with the so not required politics and arrogance. Used the word ‘music’ twice in the last three sentences and it already seems to be all you can see and read. Now close your eyes and live the different scenarios I just painted for you. Anywho, apart from all of it seldom getting on my nerves, I mostly find myself zoning out and getting ecstatic about the wide horizon of self-expressing mediums that we are blessed with and how with time we’ve reached a point where there are no clear boundaries between any of these creative mediums that I speak of. Music with soulful motion pictures, storytelling via dance/music combined with extraordinary visuals, all aiming towards both surreal and real escapade.
Also belonging to the clan that counted days to get done with college, I now find myself missing the constant creative churn that we were all put through during those days, which felt like nothing but a suffering then. During the monthly home cleaning sessions I often find myself, sitting amidst the pile of sheets with textures, digital art, collages, embroideries etc., brooding over a dream that I still haven’t taken any step towards. And as much as I hate to sound like a granny, I find the creative growth over the years, absolutely amusing. Photographs that can be tweaked to an extent to enrich and enhance the beauty of it, adding bits and pieces of other elements to it, and ending up with something that you probably wouldn’t have been able to achieve if you stuck with only one channel.
Presenting a series of photos, shot during my stay in Pondicherry, at one of most gorgeous heritage hotels I’ve come across, Villa Helena. Played around with this handmade texture I created in my second year of college, in this set featuring the latest collection by Pushpak Vimaan, which entails of gorgeously subtle colours, intricate floral patterns and chic yet comfortable silhouettes.
Styling, Modeling, Post Production and Art : Ritu Arya | Photography : Praveen Achary