HAND CRAFTED MONOCHROME PRINTS by SURENDRA
For over 25 years Surendra has been exploring the art of meditation, spending a good deal of this time in India. He feels that this has shaped his work, helping him to look for something essential in the fleeting changes of the surfaces we constantly encounter. The other important influence has been his connection with Japan and his love of simplicity in Japanese art and craft. Primarily, he wants only to convey the sense of wonder, richness and beauty in the mundane details that we often overlook everyday .
A former associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Surendra has also taught photography at junior high school. He has exhibited his work in Pune, India, Tokyo, Japan and Exeter, UK.
He favours a short telephoto lens and often works very close to his subject. He likes to take his time, often using a medium and, occasionally, a large format camera as well as 35mm. He prefers natural light and rarely uses a flash, even for indoor portraits or figure studies. Usually he works outdoors, focusing on details of form and texture only occasionally exploring broad vistas.
He works only in black and white, sometimes introducing colour by toning in the final stage. Once a series of shots have been taken, only about 5 per cent are considered for printing. More careful selection continues in the darkroom when about another two-thirds are rejected. Decisions are then made about choice of paper and print developer. Although he ...