Photos: Navtej Singh

Text: Dinesh Khanna (curator)

These photos by Navtej Singh are from his series Oceans of Life: India’s Coastal Inhabitants.

Singh has always been drawn to the soul of India’s vast coastal regions, and the populations that draw life from it. Having spent a large part of his life in the Konkan Coast, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, he presents a unique vantage point into the natural life and communities dwelling in and around these spectacular and immense waters.

The photographs deftly capture movement and paradox: the natural path of migratory birds against the daily motions of trawlers and fishing boats, or the almost-eternal stillness of the ocean against the bustling fish markets of port cities. Singh looks for messages in all his subjects, where the living or inanimate, and pieces together a fascinating visual narrative of coastal economies that is both insightful as well as hypnotic to look at.

These photographs were displayed at Serendipity Art Festival in December 2017