We are puppets pulling each other Strings


I decided to create this photograph on reading the book ‘The Fine Balance’ by Rohinton Mistry. It is based around 1975-77 when the then Prime Minister declared Emergency and all civil liberties stood frozen. Police could arrest anyone without trail and detain them for an infinite period. I could feel the helplessness of the main characters who were nothing but the puppets in the hands of politicians, police, bureaucrats and society.
The content of the book kept hovering in my mind for several days. Upon looking closely at our society I realized that we are all puppets in the hands of one another and the notion of ‘Free Will’ seemed like an illusion. With all the fuss over freedom and fundamental rights we all know that it is just a game of power in the end. But closely seeing even the most powerful is not free to do things he wants and the way he wants.

I have discontinued my 365 as I felt I am not learning anything and not producing what I want to. From last 5-6 photographs I have been creating photographs from scratch. From just an idea to a sketch to taking individual photographs and the finally making it in photoshop. I have been pretty happy seeing that I have now 5 sketches which are now finished photographs.

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