“You don't need an ocean to feel like you're drowning. You feel it, between your chest and your throat, the weight of it stretching you outside yourself, like a dead fish on the shore. “
I am a part of time where an entire generation is stuck in traffic Jam, waiting table, long queues. Performing daily activities like a simulated robot, slaves with White collar. Our thoughts and wishes are carefully preserved in cache files under the observation of some complex algorithm. We've all been raised on television to believe that our existence depends upon some argument over a debate panel. I am a consumer and by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Just when you start to think that “We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war... Our great depression is our lives. “, suddenly you are surrounded with a global pandemic, severe cyclone, war like situation with neighbouring countries and an unavoidable global economic recession. For last three month I am under lockdown as most of the people in the world. Government has imposed lockdown over whole country and a mechanical voice always reminding us that we should stay inside our houses and maintain social distancing.
During this time I am discovering and rediscovering myself and my home. My home in the oldest part of city of Kolkata is an example of transformation of whole city itself. Through this photo essay I tried to represent my emotions, thoughts, dreams surrounding every corner of my home. Trapped inside my thoughts like a fish trapped inside an aquarium, like a kite tangled on a cactus .It is a visual representation of my imagination as a fiction. I have tried to frame the idea of juxtaposition of imaginations and emotions surrounds my home .Our Home holds our memories, fears and desires, assembled like furniture and surrounded by mental clutter. This is the visual representation of me locked and suffocated inside home during the crisis time, through mind’s eye. Though my body is locked inside four walls, chained with my digital gadgets my imagination is travelling like a fast train in search of the rainbow beyond horizon to find my dream and fantasy.
Pritam Dutta is an independent photographer who currently lives in Kolkata, India. His professional career started as a software engineer, but he decided to make a change to pursue his true passion for photography. Pritam now uses photography as a vehicle to understand and help depict issues that puzzle him, and satisfy his passion for learning. Love for painting drove him towards photography to capture the emotions and actions of people. His photography is based on the concept of nature, time and how it is present in our daily life. His work is a constant search for the best way to convey the atmosphere in which he find himself and a link between the past and the present, a reflection of his thoughts.
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