Cities are made of membranes. Thin, makeshift, wearable membranes to protect us wherever we go. Thicker, more solid membranes that shield us from the outside, that create a space of security and warmth. Some are transparent, some, porous.
As a photographer, I don’t take photographs of objects or places or people to faithfully reproduce, or even represent that thing. Photography is an act of remembrance, an aid to recall some fleeting visual memory. Walls allow just that: to stare blankly back while saying whatever you want them to say, to be barriers and destinations.
The wall of a abandoned house in the Sipu Valley in the Himalayas. This village shuts down in the winter as the villagers move lower down the valley. They still hadn’t returned.
Burmese refugee reflected in her broken mirror, Delhi.
In India, the ’90s brought great economic growth to some. This meant an influx of Western post-industrial memes, or at least, those thought to be so. In those days, children of the nouveau riche were driven in Japanese cars to newly constructed malls, where they could spend the day in video game parlours, where the prize for beating the games were these hideously ugly but endlessly desirable wall hangings. One such hangs in a bathroom in Delhi.
Grafitti advertising the latest movie is painted over on the granite walls of Bangalore, India.
Mud and stone walls in a village in the Sipu Valley in the Himalayas.
The characteristic red brick of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
A whitewashed stone house in Hampi, Karnataka, India.
A door in the wall of Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, opens out into the bleak mountainscape.
An apartment terrace in Delhi contains things no longer in use.
In Venice, Italy.
A wall of a house in the Sipu Valley in the Himalays doubles as a bathroom cabinet.
A sink fixed in a wall in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, is the site of several small businesses.
Black cat and house. Murano, off Venice, Italy.
Hackeschermarkt Subway Station, Berlin.
Grafitti on door in housing complex, Berlin.
Bicycle by wall, Potsdam, Germany.
Bicycle stands next to wall, Potsdam, Germany.