A girl perched on a man’s shoulders meets the gaze of the Hindu god Ganesh, photographed on the last day of a popular festival when enormous crowds of devotees process to the Girgaon Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. During the festival, an image of Ganesh is carried aloft through the city and then immersed in the sea, signifying purification and the return of the god to his divine home. Angling her camera high, Sheth cuts through the commotion to isolate two figures against the cloudy sky. Throughout the Bombay Mix series, she employs dynamic perspectives and rich contrasts to capture the sense of quiet surprise and discovery in the densely populated city.
Ketaki Sheth (b. 1957, India)
Silver gelatin print
Gift of Drs. Umesh and Sunanda Gaur