‘Personal Space: Travels In India’ ran throughout October 2017 in St. Peters, North Main St Cork.
The exhibition, shot entirely on a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, chronicles five months’ solo travel from the end of 2016 to mid-2017. Shaun flew into in Mumbai and made his way down through Goa and Karnataka, continuing through Kerala to the very southern tip of India. From there he travelled via rail to Madurai and Chennai and made the epic coastal train journey to Kolkata. He explored the cities of the north (Delhi, Agra, Varanasi) and soaked up the the Buddhist influence of Darjeeling and Dharmshala. Finally, Rajasthan offered a taste of Northwest India in 40+ degree heat where Shaun spent his remaining time in the Golden Triangle of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur..
“Travelling in India was an incredible experience,” says Shaun. “The colour, climate and geography make it a photographer’s dream and the candid, outspoken nature of the people means that nobody shies away from the camera. I was constantly shooting on my phone and took over 4,000 photos. The shots I posted online while travelling got an extremely positive reaction and this inspired me to put together the exhibition when I returned home.” “For me, one of the most fascinating aspect of the country was the contrast between its geographical vastness and the intense, claustrophobic atmosphere of the cities. With this exhibition I have tried to capture some of this essence and convey the colour, beauty, frustrations and joys of travelling in India.”