India: A Place Portrait
By: Meagan Wilson

While working on my Master's degree, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to West Bengal, India, to conduct research for my thesis. During my three months in India, I was often overwhelmed by the chaos that accompanies millions of inhabitants living in such close proximity. Consequently, I sought out brief moments of solitude outside the cacophony of confusion that people typify as India.

The photos below attempt to speak to this ‘Other’ India: one of insular solitude, isolation, and silence. With these images, I sought to create a place portrait in contrast to the commonly held view of India. I believe the place between a lived experience and a photograph is the space where an idea is created––the idea that for a moment in time, a place becomes important because someone or something has been there.

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All Images copyright 2010 Meagan Wilson