As a street photographer, Ajeesh Puthiyadath has visited many places in Qatar, which are famous across the world and the exhibition this year will be portraying most of his clicks as he expresses the right and pure mood of the country through his snaps. Qatar being the focus this exhibition is punched ‘Qatar Through The Eyes Of India’.
"The living environment in Qatar is really friendly and nice, I love the culture and art of the place and the outskirts’ landscapes and deserts too," says Indian photographer Ajeesh Puthiyadath, whose photographs are part of the exhibition, 'Where Cultures Meet: A Photographic Encounter between Qatar and India.' The show brings photographers from Qatar together with their Indian counterparts.
As a street photographer, Puthiyadath has visited many places in Qatar. “Among these Souq Waqif, a marketplace (souq) in Doha, Qatar. One gets a lot of street portraits and we can feel the past living atmosphere. Most of my favourite pictures were taken from Souq Waqif.” He added.
In his college days, before smartphones, the photographer took pictures on regular mobile phones. He says, “I’m a person who loves memories, so these old memories give me a feel-good factor. Photography is nothing but making good memories for the future.”
Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya, Head of Year of Culture at Qatar Museums, says that, “ This particular exhibition is an important milestone of the Year of Culture programme, launched by Qatar Museums in 2012 to present the emirate to international audiences, whilst introducing the local community to the diverse cultures of partner countries.”
Al Attiya says, “In 2019, we partnered with the Republic of India to host a year-long specially designed programme of exhibitions and events to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between both our nations. The exhibition sought to create an inspiring portfolio that invites audiences to discover the similarities and differences between both cultures, through the eyes of the photographers.”
The exhibition, which showcases various themes such as architecture, landscape, and street life both in Ladakh and in Doha, displays 80 pictures and will be held in the central atrium at India Habitat Centre , New Delhi. According to Attiya, “Last year this was an artist-led exhibition whereby each photographer was given the freedom to showcase their interpretation of the country’s culture.