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"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly, than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection"—Bhagavad Gita

Mumbai-born and Brooklyn-based photographer Manjari Sharma's project “Darshan" shows us how "practice, faith, and devotion" can reveal the sublime. Originally funded as a Kickstarter campaign, Sharma raised the necessary money to research, design, and craft these elaborately staged sets. By eschewing photoshop and painstakingly maintaining the integrity of the classical depictions of the nine Hindu deities, Sharma invites us to reconsider the photograph, rather than sculpture or painting, as a medium for spiritual engagement.

For a behind the scenes revelation of the extensive work involved in creating these images, this video is helpful. For those interested in hearing from the artist, Sharma discusses her project here. For those of you in New York City, “Darshan” is on view at Clamp Art until October 12th. And for those of you who have read this far, good on you. —Lane Nevares

"You don’t see the things you photograph. You feel them."André Kertész

Tucked away in the Clamp Art gallery, Evzen Sobek’s Life In Blue series is a little gem of a show. I first encountered this series, shot along the Nové Mlýny reservoirs in the Czech Republic, upon publication of the monograph in 2011. Since then it has gathered notoriety and has been featured in many blogs and publications. I was pleased to see the work first-hand and in relation to one another.

For those of you in NYC, I include a visit to this show on my fine art photography tour to illustrate how deceptively easy it appears, but how difficult it is, to achieve coherency in a body of work. In this series, the color blue is the ostensible motif, but Sobek’s ability to create a consistent mood, or feeling, is what makes the work shine. Join me and others for lively conversation and fun this Saturday. —Lane Nevares