Picking up on where I left off in my last post, I decided to ‘revisit’ a work I had started to do in Baroda in 1999 and yet again focus on changes in the urban landscape. In 1999 I started to photograph the neighbourhood where I grew up. (a series of images later appeared on a web project called ‘go home’. (http://www.project-go-home.com/gohome/archives/artcastText.html#Varsha)
Wanting to record what these homes look like now, my idea of presenting this account of ‘then and now’ is also about viewing the same from the eyes of the next generation, in this case my niece Ananya Patel. She is 13 and my memories of the area are strongest from when I was between 10 – 13 yrs old. So I think of establishing another kind of ‘then’ and ‘now’ relationship, also in terms of generational difference, point of view and the changes of technology in capturing of images. I had worked with a manual camera and film, whilst Ananya took her photos with a digital camera..
Perhaps one day these images will become memory markers for her as this is also her neighbourhood, one where she is growing up now.