Himadri Datta’s Photographs: Ahmedpur-Katwa Narrow Gauge

Himadri aims to present ‘a complex surface through simple elements’. Each photograph tells a story, and the stories ensconced in Himadri’s photographs are testament to his engagement with the quotidian. Photographs featuring Ahmedpur-Katwa narrow gauge railway, some of which have been shown in Bikshan Film Society’s 6th Photo Exhibition, are inspired by his childhood spent in the Ahmedpur rail colony. It is this prolonged familiarity with the space that lends authenticity and life to the otherwise brief existence of people caught between extended tracks and the transience of travel.