A certain stillness

Photographer Yagia Gentle of Nimbin has been to India many times. He loves its stillness.

Yes, thats right.

In a country where there is constant movement, Yagia finds a stillness. Thats one of the many ironies that abound in India.

His current exhibition of 35 photos of Calcutta and Bod Ghyia is hanging in Caddies Coffee Shop in Lismore.

The photos were taken over the last five years as Yagias fascination with India draws him back every year. To find a certain stillness.

The exhibition runs until the end of February.

The air was thick with goodbyes when you left that cold Calcutta morning. No horns or beggars hassled us out of our vision of a separate future as we made polite plans to meet again.Another time, another place.Our guru draws us into the hub of his wheel as we scurry up and down the spokes looking for some more distractions, like a few bubbles of your personality left drifting in the air. I caught them with my mouth one by one, under the gaze of a one-eyed rickshaw driver who came up to me after you left and said, Mister, you want to go somewhere?The crows gathered to squawk the night into a paralytic corner. The crows, the crows.I wandered back to my motel room dazed into a new awareness of what was around me. A plastic bag dancing its hour of freedom in the morning breeze. A sleeping chai stall man blanketed against his cruel Calcutta karma. The city slowly waking to another Indian dawn. Yagia Gentle


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