Born in Rajkot, an army officer’s son, Udit Kulshrestha spent his childhood travelling the length and breadth of the country. His remarkable skill in understanding and documenting culture and society had its genesis here.
Kulshrestha’s photographic perspectives are not easily realised. They are the outcome of extensive research into his subjects – exploring philosophy, literature, design and film in pursuit of comprehension.
In terms of subject matter, his ongoing focus is in two key areas. Born a Hindu, he seeks understanding of the human condition of faith. His Hindu series (seen here) is an ongoing exploration into the depth of meaning created and derived from pilgrimages, gatherings and rituals, traditions and festivities.
Importantly, he is also strongly compelled to find and realise the unseen stories of what he considers to be under-reported geographies in India – especially in the north-east of the country. His current work is fuelled by frequent travel to Bodoland where he is seeking perspectives on the ongoing land based conflict. In his Graphein series, he takes a considered abstract approach to capturing social expression and dissent conveyed through graffiti – a relatively new but growing sub-culture in India.
Udit’s work is widely recognised and published - including Time, The New York Times, Times of India, Wall Street Journal, The Caravan, Wall Art Magazine and FountainINK to name but a few.
THE HINDU SERIES
Time Spaces Series
Philosophers, mathmeticians and intellectuals have all agreed on the four dimensions of existence. In his 1895 novel The Time Machine, H. G. Wells wrote, 'There is no difference between time and any of the three dimensions of space except that our consciousness moves along it... Any real body must have extension in four directions: it must have length, breadth, thickness, and duration.'
Time Spaces is a photographic exploration of these independent dimensions and ideas of the cosmos, the universe and spacetime theories. The works focus on both the form and the play of time on the astronomical instruments at the historical Jantar Mantar (calculating instruments) sites in Jaipur and New Delhi.