Culture

Author William Dalrymple makes his photography debut

…with a black and white exhibit shot on his cell phone

“It was something I was just doing to document my travels; I was flooding my followers on Facebook and Twitter like everybody else,” says William Dalrymple. Little did he know that his social media project would result in a three-city gallery tour and a limited edition photo book.

A mix of portrait and landscape shots from across Afghanistan, Iran, Tibet, Ladakh and other parts of Central Asia, Dalrymple's work is an artistic travelogue that was shot solely on his cell phone. "I upgraded from my blackberry to a Samsung about 18 months ago and it rekindled my interest in photography – the technology is just so convenient. I took a photo while pretending to check my mail. You get the best shots when you least expect them, which is why using your phone to snap them is so great."  Now a 60-picture black and white exhibit, he describes The Writer’s Eye as "a result of a happy accident".

Curated by writer and Sensorium Festival co-founder, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi The Writer’s Eye opened at Sunaparanta in Goa on March 18th, Goa; Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi on March 29th, and will make it's way to the Grosvenor Gallery in London in June. HarperCollins India will also publish a limited edition book, The Writer’s Eye, with an essay and photographs by Dalrymple and an introduction by Dhanvant Shanghvi.

Flip through the gallery to see his images