Aerial photographer Robert Stephens traces the history of Ahmedabad through text of Patrick Geddes

This unique and scholarly exhibition – Ahmedabad Walls – brings to life the history of Ahmedabad through the eyes of architect and aerial photographer Robert Stephens. The exhibition at Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum showcases 23 stunning aerial photographs of Ahmedabad, which trace the footsteps of Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes. The exhibition also displays unpublished notes, essays on Ahmedabad and rare books from early 20th century by Patrick Geddes.

jayshree-lalbhai-robert-stephens
[Left to Right] Mr. Robert Stephens, Architect & Aerial Photographer and Mrs. Jayshree Lalbhai, Trustee, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum at the ‘Ahmedabad Walls’ Exhibition
Robert Stephens, Principal at architect firm RMA Architects, Mumbai, has been pursuing aerial photography of urban landscapes since over a decade. Over this years he has documented cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Gurugram among others. In this exhibition titled ‘Ahmedabad Walls’ he presents a dramatic perspective of modern Ahmedabad, through his aerial pictures, taken from as high at 10,000 ft above sea-level.  The exhibition is a visual document of Ahmedabad Walls, now a part of the old city, referenced upon the foot steps of Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes, who circumambulated the walls of Ahmedabad during early 20th century. The exhibition is hosted by Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum in Shahibaug area of Ahmedabad.

 

sabarmati-river-ahmedabad

Stephens, in an article to Times of India, says, “these pictures have been taken by me over the past four years through commercial flights while I was flying in and out of Ahmedabad for work purpose every two weeks. I was overwhelmed and astounded by the synoptic view of this 600-year-old city from 10,000 feet above sea level.”

 

Stephens has spent a lot of time with books of Patrick Geddes produced between 1879 and 1931, particulary his Notes on Ahmedabad.  Patrick Geddes had visited Ahmedabad almost a 100 years ago to document the urban planning of the walled portion of the city. During his visit to Ahmedabad in 1915, his enquiry was focussed upon the purpose of 600 year old walls of the city of Ahmedabad. In his work he recommended the preservation of the great Ahmedabad walls, which unfortunately in decades are consumed by the rapid urbanisation. The exhibition is not only hosting his ‘Notes on Ahmedabad’ but also his unpublished correspondence with the Government of Bombay and approximately thirty other rare books, as part of the ‘Patrick Geddes Reading Room’. Geddes visited India at frequent intervals and between 1915 – 1919 he wrote a series of town planning documents for more than 18 Indian cities.

shahpur-gate-ahmedabad

The exhibition opened on October 20, 2018 and will remain open until November 20, 2018, every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors looking for a guided tour by Stephens can drop down between 12 pm to 4:30 pm on November 3 and  17.

Photo courtesy: Organisers

 

promotional

Yatra Archives

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/tushar-shukla-Nava-varse-tane-web-post.jpg નવા વર્ષે – તને / nava varshe tane

નૂતન વર્ષાભિનંદન કે HAPPY NEW YEAR, સાલ મુબારક આમ તો આ બહાને કહેવું છે; તમને મારું વ્હાલ મુબારક   હાથ મિલાવું હૈયે ચાંપુ કે ચૂમી લઉં! વિચાર આવે – મૌકા ભી, દસ્તુર ભી હૈ યે, રસ્મે દુનિયા રિવાજ ભી હૈ હોઠ ભરી એક ચુંબન કરીને, કરી…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/final-instagram.jpg Your Daily Dose of Art: Instagram Accounts you must follow right now

Banksy Banksyis a revolution or should we call him a phenomenon? One of the leading front men of his generation, he has transformed what it means to work in the Public domain.Banksy’sartistic practice is characterized by the perceptive use of…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/IMG_0294.jpg Education of a rare kind : Team CY at the commencement ceremony of Gurukulam, Ahmedabad

An educational institution that rises above schooling(as we know it today), competition and degrees, Gurukulam follows the ancient Jaina education system of India where knowledge, understanding habits, sensitivity and logic is still considered superior. The Gurukulas are Indian schools that still…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/music-instuments-final-01.jpg 7 Indian Musical Instruments that are on the verge of oblivion

“Hurrian Hymn No.6” is the oldest known written music piece, discovered so far. This origin of this piece dates back to 3400 years back in Bronze Age. It was engraved by Syrians on a clay slab. Even the origins of…