In the fall of 2000 and 2001, I traveled to Mysore, India.  While in South India, I had the opportunity to continue photographing at night.  I used the opportunity, and process, as a way to compare cultures.  As I worked, I initially sought Iowa nights in Indian nights, looking for the details, searching for the mundane to redefine itself. I discovered a riot of life and decay, where every truth must be qualified. My growing understanding of the richness and depth of Indian life and myth became a participant.  I was no longer controlling every aspect of the photographic frame.  Instead, I let go and invited chance to happen.  I sought to open myself to India. Through the filter of darkness, under the spotlight of streetlights, society’s mundane--its ills, and outcastes redefined themselves.

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 Rochester, New York - jenmoonphoto@gmail.com