City of Light: Photography Exhibition by Ajay Bhatia

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Date(s) - 23/06/2018 - 29/06/2018
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Zaga, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune


City of Light: One Day In Paris
Photography Exhibition by Ajay Bhatia

Friday, 23rd to 28th June
Zaga, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune

Inauguration on 22nd June, 6 PM
in the presence of photographer Ajay Bhatia

City of Light is a photographic record of Paris over one day from morning to night. At daybreak I left my hotel in the 3rd Arr. and walked through the streets of Le Marais. It was a bright sunny morning in June. Perfect weather for walking and perfect light for photography. I passed by café’s and patisseries preparing to open for the day. I gradually made my way towards the Musee Picasso. The streets and architecture were imbued with an old world charm. People smiled or nodded when you glanced at them. I felt good and at peace with the world.

“City of Light, One Day in Paris” includes a series of photos which capture the streets of Le Marais, quaint cafés and pâtisseries preparing to open for the day, Musée Picasso, Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, museums and galleries, local landmarks, and various facets of the river Seine amongst others. The goal was to take photographic impressions of the interplay of light with the old world charm of the city. Ajay strived to capture this interplay as accurately as possible in tune with what Bresson called the ‘decisive moment’ – the moment of pressing the shutter to capture perfect framing, focus, exposure, and white balance.

The exhibition was a true labour of love and marks a full circle for Ajay who often dreamed of travelling abroad when he was younger but lacked the means to pursue these dreams. He discovered France through the cinema of the Nouvelle vague and the prose of Molière and Balzac. To capture as many photos of Paris as possible during the span of one day, Ajay chose the hop-on-hop-off boat Batobus as his primary mode of transportation. This allowed him to explore the landmarks which were close to the banks of the river Seine and the unique summer light which lit the river and its bridges. 

Supported by Zaga