Nikhil Patel’s, series ‘Surface with Memories’ was one of the two winners of the 2013 edition of the TFA Photography prize, sponsored by Tasveer. To find out more about the TFA, and the wonderful job they’re doing to recognize and support young creative talent in India, you can visit their website here: http://totofundsthearts.
“Being an architect creating a space has always fascinated me. Every space has a character which is made by a number of elements. Space once created, with time changes and gets destroyed and recreated. Photography as a medium makes me more sensitive in reading and understanding spaces.
Space is a boundless, three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction. An architectural space is defined by walls, floors and ceilings and in the larger context, by different surfaces. Things which add value to a space are color, material, texture and pattern. These spaces have a function which generates activities and interactions between people-people, people-things and things-things. As the human body moves, sees, smells, touches, hears and even tastes within a space – the architecture comes to life, and the fourth dimension of time is added to it, wherein these interactions of people and things in time generates memories.
When a building is demolished there are remains in the form of debris and as traces of walls and floor on its neighboring house. The debris of a building does not give an idea of an existence of the space in definite sense, while the remains on a wall are a clear remembrance of the space which is undefined now. These traces remind us of existence of space along with the events. Events and spaces are inseparable, as an event is always in association with the space in which it has happened.
With rapid urbanization and in the name of development there have been lots of demolitions for making space for new development. The current project document traces of rooms and walls on the neighboring house when a house is demolished and generate a new perception in the viewer’s mind about how memories can be conceived in an abstract reminiscence, with an image of absence of space having traces. There are three things which remind us of memories of that space one is absence of space, absence of events and presence of traces.
In physical form the images are presented in form of book where every image is a two layered print where top layer is printed on transparent sheet and lower on opaque sheet. So while going through the book the viewer flips through every layer and the experience is much enhanced.”
– Nikhil Patel
Nikhil Patel was born in 1986 and brought up in old part of the city of Surat. He has a degree in Architecture from Sarvajanik College of Engineering and technology, Surat. His interest in photography began during undergraduate days and led to him pursuing a master degree in the subject at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. His photographs explore new perspective towards architecture and urban spaces.