Disparate Connections is a series of photographic diptychs made between 2014 and 2016. The project fulfills my fellowship program requirements in the genre of creative photography for the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
The diptychs present singular or juxtaposed images which ask the viewer to interpret and respond. Sixteen of the fifty photographic diptychs I produced are presented in this online gallery.
Every photograph tells its own story. Given the perspective of the viewer, the photograph’s narration will differ depending on the context in which it is seen – alone, juxtaposed with another, or among a collection of similar or dissimilar images. A diptych provokes a dialogue – between the two panels of the diptych as well as between the diptych and the viewer. Through the visual imagery of the diptych and the viewer. the photographs form a closed organic triangle that contains the content of the dialogue.
The organic functionality of a diptych could be compared to that of human brain. While each cerebral hemisphere is important, neither can function independently. There is perpetual communication within, and between, the two halves, ultimately culminating in a unified emotion or action. Structurally the two globes unite into one, while at the same time each grows exponentially.
In effect, the meaning of a diptych is an interpretation of what the viewer perceives and what response is created by the inventiveness of his perception. With every viewing, there is always new synthesis. With each viewer there are countless possibilities of interpretation.
The final work of art is created in the mind of those who view the art.