Friday, June 1, 2007

Dariusz Klemens: Sangam

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Dariusz Klemens is a Polish-born photographer based in England. After completing his studies in the United States, he undertook his first foray into Asia in 1995. His photographs have appeared in many international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Royal Geographical magazine, and Condé Naste Traveller, as well as Altaïr Ciack, and Voyage, amongst other European publications.

Dariusz is the author of the book Omaggio all’India (A Tribute to India, published by Mondadori, Italy, 2003). He divides his time between Europe and India, working on assignments and personal projects. Since 1996, he has also been teaching photography through GeckoWorkshops, of which he is co-founder.

I chose Dariusz' expansive collection of photographs of India, which he seems to have covered in its entirety. He uses saturated colors, which works especially well with those from Rajasthan. As I wrote in a post about India some months ago, color is a language in's a way to communicate, influence and swamp the senses. Dariusz' photographs do just that.

To illustrate this post, I had a difficult choice to make; either one of twirling Rajasthani dancers, or one of an interesting scene in Puri, Orissa. I chose the latter (despite my affinity to photographs of blurry dancers), because I liked the composition, and the color 'balance' of the wall and shirt. Excellent eye, Mr Klemens!

Here's Dariusz Klemens Sangam gallery.

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