The Delhi Project

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What was the Delhi Project all about? This is the project that I have almost concluded. All I need to do now, and which I will do next week, is to upload it to Amazon, to publish on the Kindle thingy.

This is what I called the “Seven Cities of Delhi” project.

In the photograph above, what you see is India Gate. India Gate is a memorial to the Indian soldiers who died in World War I. To quote from Wikipedia, “India Gate is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemen’s names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate.[1][2] The India Gate, even though a war memorial, evokes the architectural style of the triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine, outside the Colosseum in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.[1]

This is part of the last city of Delhi, called Lutyens Delhi. The names, as you will read, of 13,300 soldiers is inscribed on the walls of the Gate. When I was a kid, I used to go there to look at these names. Today, people go there to eat ice cream. Those were the days, when people had more respect for the Indian Armed Forces than they do under the present government.

Anyway, for this project, I shot the Seven Cities of Delhi that lead up to Lutyens Delhi – Qila Rai Pithora, Siri, Tughlakabad, Jahanpanah, Kotla Feroz Shah, Dinpanah and Shahjahanabad.

I processed the images of each city in a different style, mimicking some of the vintage processes of the 1800’s.

I will share some of these images from next week onwards.

Till then, India Gate, processed in a Lith Style of imagery.

RajivChopra

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15 Comments

  1. It does remind me of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the India Gate in Mumbai. What you are doing is quite an undertaken Rajiv. To look back on history with a present day prospective is important. To document the evolving changes and development of such a great city as Delhi, is also important.
    Leslie

      1. It is… The Gateway of India was built to welcome King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. I don’t remember if they did come to India.

        Anyway, it is also the point where the last British ships left India, at the time India gained her independence, and signalled the end of the Raj

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