Aks O Aab

by Aadil Jamal



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One of the monuments in Lodhi Garden on a rainy day

It is magical to see the stones as they reflect in water. I have, over the last one year or so, shot these monuments as they were reflected through various water bodies.

Editor’s Note – Antonio Marques
Although more prevalent a few years back than now, it is still very common to see images created by superimposing images on other images full of textures – this technique, coming from the film days but made popular by the ease of in silico “layer stacking”, is supposed to develop images with more depth, or personality if you will, than the individual images alone.

But what happens if, instead of some (digital) dark room wizardry, we let physics superimpose the images for us?

Aks O Aab shows us just that. Far from the postcard perfect photos of the monuments, and nonetheless profused with an eerie dream-like quality that brings to mind fantasy portals to adjacent worlds, Aadil created a strong essay full of color, texture and fluidity, highlighting a different way of looking at what is in front of us for centuries, and definitely bringing to the surface the deep and raw personality of the man-made constructions.

And if photography is nothing more than painting with light, can’t reflections be considered the eternal photographs?

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About Aadil Jamal
Aadil Jamal is an advertising professional who stumbled into photography by chance. A creative director and visiting faculty by profession. A writer and photographer by hobby. Put an exhibition 'Freedom Frames' in Delhi last year. Aadil is planning to devote more time to the hobby.

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  • asif iqbal

    good job, Sir
    keep it up, and never the less Edito’s note is good as well
    Hope to see a lot more
    Best of Luck

  • IQ

    ah such a poetic reflections, and very well named, Aadil bhai, my favourite has to be the one from Fatehpur Sikri, a bit bias because of my sufi leanings, but all are really great, and yes you’re spot on that water does wonders to the image captured, but you thought it so well, hence kudos to your imagination and ideation. they look like watercolor paintings on a canvas. great work, bravo

  • eshaguha

    The photographs give a surreal quality to the monuments and have been really explained well by the Editor.

  • Brajesh Shanker

    I have rarely seen such inspiring imagery captured by camera. Excellent work!

  • Aatif

    Your have really come a long way… great work and admirable collection…. all the best!!!

  • M. Atif Alam

    Amazing is the word Aadil bhai!!!!

  • Hey thanks so much everyone for these kind and hugely encouraging words of appreciation.

    I feel that the beautifully worded editor’s note is by itself a work of literary genius which has brought in tremendous romance into this whole experience.
    Thanks Aksgar Team!

  • PS Chauhan

    gud. laga reh beta