Works in Progress: Rajasthani Impressions 05

While I was in Udiapur the first time, I was here for an artist residency. I made posts about that experience and shows how the work progressed while I was there. Now that I am back I am working on several projects. I thought I would be nice to share those projects as they progress and get your feedback on the work.


While I made many photographs in Udaipur last year, there are still many parts of the city I have not explored with my camera. A few weeks ago Meropi and I walk through part of the city. Since I arrived this year I have wanted to go make photographs at Sukhadia Circle. At this intersection there is a huge fountain in the circle surrounded by a pool. In the pool there are swan shaped boats you can paddle out in. It is just so over the top I wanted to photograph it. Furthermore, around the outer edge of the circular street there is a local carnival area set up. The locals hangout there for food and rides for children. I love the kitsch of the swans and the playfulness of the outdoor food stalls and rides. There is a fun innocence about it, something I think we can all relate to.

After photographing around the circle we decided to start walking. We walked through a decent portion of town. We walked from Sukhadia Circle up to Chetak Circle. Chetak Circle is a place we go often. There is a bakery there, La Cakery. It is delicious. We get breads and pies from there. However, they also have brownies and donuts. There are several other restaurants their and Meropi’s hairdresser is there. There is a park between the two circle and I really want to make a photograph there for another project but I have not made it that far in life yet. Hopefully soon. Anyway, walking down the street that I have driven down many times gave me a new perspective about what all was on the route.

From Chetak Circle we decided to walk to my favorite restaurant, Bawarachi. It is a lovely vegetarian Indian restaurant. First we had to walk from Chetak Circle to Hathi Pole. I have spent a fair time at Hathi Pole but I have only been on the street between the two areas a few times. I enjoyed this part of the walk the most. I took one photograph that I really liked. You can see it below, it is of a store window with shoes in it. My shadow is also in the photograph. The photograph got me thinking about photographs with reflections in them again and I have been making others (you can see more in the next Rajasthani Impressions post). Furthermore, I also saw some photography signage to photograph. I can’t stop myself from photographing photography either.


The walk down the road was an interesting one. It is nice to walk around and see your city from a new perspective. I am always in the old city, it is so confining. It is nice to go to the other side of town. I think walking is also the best. It is stressful to take the rickshaws because all of the drivers want to rip you off. It is so strange. The good and the bad, the give and the take, how do you decide if the good outweighs the bad. It is impossible to figure out. You just ride the ride and walk the walk.


From Hathi Pole we walked to Delhi Gate where Bawarachi is located. I guess I switched over to making photographs with my phone because there were no more photographs on my camera from this walk. I think that is strange because I really like the street between these two points. There are several places there where I want to make photographs.  I will have to work on those images soon. I do remember the traffic was really congested and it took us a while to cross the street. The local elephant was also there, which is weird. I guess you will have to look at my Instagram account and guess which photographs were taken on this street. Haha! I know there is at least one photograph from this walk on my Instagram. It is of a purple cart. The Instagram photograph of the Ambassador car is also from the walk between Sukhadia Circle and Chetak Circle.



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Betsy Williamson is an assistant professor of art in the state of New Mexico. Before coming to New Mexico for this job she was an adjunct professor throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, teaching photography and art appreciation. Between September 2015 and May 2017, she took a break from teaching to pursue art, research and life in India. Now she is back to teaching and part-timing it in India.

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