These artworks are part of Ways of Seeing, a partnership between Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and the Government Art Collection. Ways of Seeing turns the borough into a gallery with 33 internationally renowned artists displayed in 28 unexpected locations.
These photographs were taken in the Punjab, in northern India. The British photographer Max Kandhola travelled there in 2002. He wanted to discover the country where his father was born.
In Outskirts of Husainiwala near Firozpur City searching for the River Satluj, you can see a train rushing through the lush green landscape. If you imagine standing there, you can hear the train wheels. You might even be able to spot the passengers through the windows.
Untitled I (unknown location) Punjab shows a building in a quiet spot, overshadowed by trees. This is a ‘gurdwara’, which is a place of worship for Sikhs. Every country has buildings where you can go to think or pray. Where is your quiet place?
Born in Birmingham, Max Kandhola studied fine art photography. He now is Principal Lecturer in Photographic Studies at Nottingham Trent University. His work has been exhibited across Europe, the USA, India and China.
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