It’s not about the clocks; it’s everything else in the frames that make Chaudhuri’s images so rich.(Chirodeep Chaudhuri)
If you walk into the Max Mueller gallery in Kala Ghoda and catch Seeing Time, allow your personal clock to slow down. The 81 black-and-white images shot by Chirodeep Chaudhuri require more than fleeting glances. Sure, each features a clock – indoors, outdoors, operational and otherwise – on a public façade. But timekeeping is merely the show’s subject, it’s not the theme.
Public clocks belong to an era when a workforce needed to be at the office on time. It represents a city that thinks time is money. “But this isn’t some mushy nostalgia show about time gone by,” Chaudhuri is quick to clarify. The photographs are really a way to look at a changing city, at public memory, and to see how Mumbai has lived with clocks. How did he manage to do it?