These photographs were taken as part of a book project on Mumbai in collaboration with the poet and novelist Priya Sarukkai Chabria. I needed a number of colour images that would compliment and punctuate a larger selection of photographs in black & white. I decided to look for colour in subtle muted tones, where one or two primary colours would dominate so as not to jar with the mainly evocative black & white. I wanted to try and reflect the poetic flow of the text in which a recurring theme is the ebb and flow tide-like movements within the city, and the flux of time. The result is a series of dreamlike fragments that seem to stand alone.
Christopher Taylor is an English photographer based in France with the vision of a poet. His photographs have an elegiac quality that sensitively capture the misty, grey climes of Iceland, the rarely-noticed details of China’s bleak and dreary urbanscape, and the grand colonial buildings of Calcutta that had seen better days. A Zoologist by training, Taylor mostly uses a cumbersome studio camera or else an ancient Rolliflex even in the busiest streets. He has held critically acclaimed exhibitions in Paris, Arles, London, Beijing, Delhi, Mumbai, and Calcutta.