Works in Progress: Udaipur at Night 03

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.

Man, Motion Blur and Chat Center cart in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Delhi Gate, Udaipur in the Darkness

Well, here it is the final photographs of Udaipur at night. In the end, I guess we went out four times. The photos from the last time we went out got deleted. That is okay though, there were not many and they were not inspiring. Here, we will call it the end for now. Perhaps, the idea of India in the dark can come back in another way at a later date. As for these photographs, they were taken in the Delhi Gate area of Udaipur. There is some good shopping and my favorite restaurant at Delhi Gate.

Motion blur and street carts, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Hero Service and boy on motorcycle at night, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

So this is a challenging task. I took these photographs back on December 14, 2016 and then I finally edited them on March 26, 2017. This is a level of slowness I hope none of you take. I hope you all move much more quickly than I do. I guess I just got distracted by other subjects for blog posts.

I do remember on this night, it was chilly. We first went to eat at my favorite restaurant Bawarchi. If I remember correctly, Meropi and I saved puppies from the middle of the road. The puppies are so cute. This was an interesting walk. Meropi and I focused our efforts in different places and on divergent subjects. In our previous outing to Chetak Circle,  I had taken a photograph of a street cart. I fell in love with that photograph and thought I might focus on those as a subject. You can see those results here. After this encounter and looking back at these photographs now, I would say focusing only on the carts would become pretty boring. If I was still working on the project I would fan back out to include a variety of nightly scenes.

People getting food from street cart at night, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Food Cart on street corner, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

That night was an adventure! First we walked through the market area. It was alive with people. The first photograph in the post and the others with people in them were taken in this area. Also, if you follow me on Instagram, my Christmas photo was also taken here. Back to the first photo in the post, it was the most fun part of the evening for me. I took several photographs there and the passers by stopped to see what I was doing. They were all excited about the image. It is always fun for me to connect with people in that way. I am shy and do not just start talking to people on the street, unless there is a dog after me. Then I will make fiends with everyone.

then we walked through some of the narrow lanes that I had not traveled down before. Meropi likes to photograph people and she got some young men to agree to a photo. Unfortunately, all those photographs were blurry. They would have been nice. She also photographed a woman near the photograph below with the three carts. Beyond these photographs, the walk gave me a greater understanding of the layout of Udaipur. In the area where I photographed those three carts, I had been their before but did not realize where the street lead out to. We walked back on the main road. There was an area there that I had been dying to photograph. The area where the two photographs above with the closed carts in them. However, I did not get the photograph I wanted, we were too late. During the day and evening, women sell clay pots and I really wanted to photograph those. Unfortunately, I never made it back to make the photo.

light green cart in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
night photo of carts in Udiapur, Rajasthan

In the end, I am happy with the time I spent making photographs after dark. I hope to make some more in the future. Like so many things in Udaipur, this project will remain incomplete. For now, I am moving forward and creating new work in Montgomery, Alabama. However, this new work involves all the photographs I have made in South Asia. I look forward to get back to the sub-continent and making more work and doing more research!

I would love to know what you think of these photographs in the comments!

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About the Author:

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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