I didn’t realise that its been so long but its about five years since Constellation Cafe has been online! Celebrations are in order and you’re all to thank! So thank you so much for spending time here, reading and indulging in all the stuff I keep sharing.
Overtime things have changed a bit here, I’ve stopped almost entirely making technical posts, its just become a lot more about the philosophy of work now rather than the techniques of it. But if you ever need something specific, feel free to drop an email and I could try writing about it.
In conjunction with the Steve #McCurryIndia exhibition on view at the @rubinmuseum, the current series of takeovers feature #ICPSchool alumni from India sharing contemporary views of their country. Next up is Akshay Bhoan(@maharaja_patiala) an artist based in New York and New Delhi. His work is geared towards self reflection, although not autobiographical. Bhoan is interested in navigating the common threads of human experience through studying stories of a community. This week he will be sharing a small part of his work from Punjab which explores the contrasting ideas of Punjab through stories of family, loss, pride and poetry. Photo : Harnek Singh, the security guard at the Old Fort in Patiala, Punjab, India, 2013. Copyright Akshay Bhoan. #ICPSchoolGS #McCurryIndia #documentaryphotography #india #punjab #ICPAlumni
I’ve been handling ICP’s instagram account for a week now and its been a lot of fun sharing the work in a very formal context. If you have the time, check it out! I’ve been showing images from my project in Punjab, weaving together audio and images in a experimental form.
Its only when my grandfather passed away in 2012, I discovered that he used to sing on the All India Radio. But there was something more, the small red notebook in which he would write poems and ghazals, some from poets he loved & some his own, was missing. Photo : Music Shop, Jallandhar, Punjab, India, 2013. Audio : All India Radio, Chandigarh. My name is Akshay Bhoan (@maharaja_patiala) and I'm going to be sharing a small part of my ongoing project "Betab" from Punjab, India. #ICPSchoolGS #McCurryIndia #documentaryphotography #india #punjab #ICPAlumni #everydayindia #pakistan #allindiaradio #rubinmuseum
I also just got hands on some beautiful books including Chicken Shit Bingo by Bernard Yenelouis, who I recently interviewed. I would be sharing that soon!
Also have been freelancing on little things like working with the amazing Morgan James who’s touring US and making incredible music. She’s a brilliant Jazz vocalist and you can find her music here.
And then there of course have been random things happening which just happen because, why not!
Oh and I completely forgot, also coming up is a conversation with Diana Bowers, a archivist in the Brooklyn Public Library, who will be talking about photobooks, collecting negatives and other photographs!