hOTEL rOOMS

Title of Work: hOTEL rOOMS

Year: 2017

Medium: Digital Still Photographs

Duration: 2 years

I have been experimenting with self portraits since I was a school-going boy. Before I even familiarised myself with the term. Yes, like most adolescent boys, I wanted to send my partner photos of myself. I always tried to make the photos artistic, subtle, indirect, full of light and shade, and simply exciting. I was able to explore so much more with portraits just by being in my room with myself. I became my own director. Soon I began to construct narratives that left the realms of that adolescent school boy.

Past few years I’ve been traveling. I find hotel rooms fascinating. They are all the same and yet so different from each other in how they make you feel. Traveling alone gives you the headspace to immerse into this “private” space that you occupy temporarily.

The general idea of the room is pretty simple, but the finer details are influenced by location, budget, and sometimes even the weather.

I find a sense of calmness in these rooms, as though I was in a gigantic box made up of mirrors— all these perceptions are actually my own and how I look at myself.

The general idea is pretty simple, I am like any other human being. And to myself the same human being, if I isolated myself.  However, the finer details of how my body changes, my skin reacting to this space, how my mood is influenced by the location and setting, so on.

An aspect of my traveling is that I don’t groom at all. Since whenever I do shave, most people treat me as a child. I don’t carry any razors or trimmers that I can rid any body hair with, so essentially let everything grow as they would naturally.

Given the complexity of the process— to compose, focus, and shoot, I ended up building a vast collection of photos of myself.

It has been a while through these rooms, and I am fully aware of how my body looks, how much I have changed not just mentally, but also physically; If I prefer the hair or not, how different lighting makes me look, what makes me look commercially appealing to what makes me feel naturally comfortable. The medium of photography is powerful, and I decided to begin to use it to document myself.

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Gokarna

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Varansi

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Varanasi

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Gokarna

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Varanasi

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Gokarna

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Gokarna

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Varanasi

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Home

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Varanasi

 

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Ankit is an independent artist, curiously wandering through self-discovery by self-expression.

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Rashmi + Thomas, the Wedding Album

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Rashmi + Thomas, wedding album

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Rashmi & Thomas, wedding album

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Rashmi & Thomas, wedding album

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The wedding album

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Rashmi & Thomas

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Layflat design

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Inner layout design

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Branding and logo

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Inner layout design

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Branding and online viewable link+QR

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Casing for the album

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Closing page.

Wedding photographs by Abhishek BA and Ankit Banerjee.
Album Design & Print by Oodio Studio.

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Hometown

In November 2016, I finally got my only chance to document my native home in Calcutta.

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Collapsible gates to the garage which once sheltered two cars

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The characteristic yellow with the common Calcutta green lines compensated the cuboidal structure of the house.

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A bathroom placed outside the house.

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As all old houses do, this one features a large backyard too.

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Spacious balcony terrace which has always been a space for commonly drying laundry, big gatherings during events, and for dry leaves and moss now.

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Simple decor railings and worn out wooden doors.

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Small balconies attached to every room on the top floor which faced the road made primary facade of the house.

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The color palette and textures that remain distinct over the years.

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Orthogonal lines and staircase on the inside.

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The main living and dining area of the house.

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The kitchen which is strategically partitioned for vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and God.

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Only God related vessels allowed here.

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The living and study room.

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My grandparents’ bedroom.

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Almost every room owned a table and a chair which is a rarity in most houses today.

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Simple spaced rooms.

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Iconic rings which served as window knobs.

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Infested with cobwebs, such windows are classic to Calcutta in general and this house too.

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Caging bar window grills layered with rust are my earliest memories of this place.

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The garage which blew its shed and only homes trash now.

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Flora of the house showcased trees like banana, Indian bael (aka Bengal quince), and Mangoes!

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While the fauna included cats, rats, few snakes, and a scourge of mosquitoes.

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For time has only set this house to creep into rust.

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Upanayana of Rishab Mohan, the album.

Back in 2013, I used to intern at this small design and post production company called Oodio Studio in Bangalore, India. After my tenure of 4 months there, I moved on to pursuing my photography independently. Years later in 2016, I placed a Design & Print order for the Upanayana of Rishab Mohan I shot recently. This book is a Medium Landscape 9” x 11” SLIM Flushmount Signature book with Fawn Brown Leatherette. I must draw attention to the flawless production and branding by the folks at Oodio. Their work is on point and it makes me so happy to have once been a part of this firm.

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Outer packaging, carry bag

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Album Casing

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The Signature album

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Fawn Brown Leatherette

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SLIM Flushmount (20 sheets)

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Medium Landscape 9” x 11”

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Spineless binding

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Medium Landscape 9” x 11”

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Opening Page, event details

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Heavy gauge 500 GSM Matte paper

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Flushmount book

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Silver Halide printing

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Silver Halide Printing, Heavy gauge 500 GSM Matte paper

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Designed by Oodio

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Completely flat

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Really, completely flat

 

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Custom Message Card

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QR code & web link to album

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Logo and Signage

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Branding

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End page with contact details

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Branding on back of the book

I will admit, it makes me emotional to be on the client side of the company. The work flow, the communication, the delivery commitment, is as makhhan (butter) smooth. These guys not only taught me the craft and the work of post production, but also give me the constant motivation to do what I do, better.

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Sub Rosa Arteries

In August 2014, we were given an English assignment in college to explore areas of Bangalore. Little did I know that it would lead to a course-changing series of events. I fell in love with the roads, the chaos, and the people! Born and raised in an upper middle class family, I was a “city boy” for most of my life. Coincidentally, at the same juncture two things happened—first, I saw my city change the way it looked across my schooling years, and second, I became a part of Naresh Narasimhan’s Facebook group (discontinued) “Bangalore- Photos from a bygone age”. They shared photos of Bangalore from the years of 1800-2000’s. This pairing got me thinking: The way I perceive those photos in 2015 is very different from its time. Everything fascinated me and I began to document the city extensively, to build an archive of photos which is of potential academic value 50 – 100 years ahead. The photos in this theme are a subset of these unpublished archives. The photos here are more from a photojournalist approach than photography or “artistic” take. I felt, taking photos doesn’t always have to conform to art and aesthetic beauty, or science of composition rules. It can be as simple as, well, just capturing a moment. The intent behind capturing the photo became vital and the subjectivity associated with it appealed to me. After trying my hand at numerous genres of photography, I felt a connection in documenting the city life. An extended addition of two photos from Meerut, UP to the set is an effort to establish cause-and-effect relation— how the lanes of my city made me grow itchy feet and extend my efforts in archiving to parts of India. I am home.

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Solo Photography Exhibition

Image Copyright © Ankit Banerjee. All Rights Reserved. Image Copyright © Ankit Banerjee. All Rights Reserved. Almost five years back, it all started with an accidental photo of milk overflowing. Shuffling across several borrowed cameras from supportive friends and family, learning exactly what each technical number meant, to freelancing and travelling over the years, the moment is finally here—It’s time to celebrate the adventures of a Bangalore boy and his experiences with a camera. The photos are selected works from my past few years of travelling across Hampi, Goa, Delhi, Meerut, Kerala, and through the streets of my home, Bengaluru. The exhibition also showcases nature, architecture, abstracts, and portraits.

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WHEN: 7th-29th March 2015

WHERE: Art Of Delight, 44/1 Residency Road, Below Hotel Nagarujua, Bangalore.

CONTACT: +919739506907 and +919964773776

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IN THE PRESS:

I am a 19 year old photography hobbyist turned freelancer based in Bangalore, India.

Discovery: a cherished childhood experience.

To and fro, everything around me kept moving. I don’t know whether it was the motion blurry sight, or just the funny feelings in my stomach that made me so happy. Or maybe it was just the air hitting my face repeatedly, waving through my long bowl-cut hair that made childhood blissful. It took time to learn how to push myself— the crazy torso movement to imaginary leg acceleration. But the best was yet to come—jumping off right when it was on the top. The leap from that height was so exhilarating that soon after I landed, I rushed into another round.

Now, every time I pass by a vacant plank held by chains, I can hear it calling me.