After looking at the work of Peter Dench and other surrealist colour photographers, I went out to have a go at getting a surrealist effect in my own photographs as well. I went to a Hatiwallah, a community that takes care of elephants that can be rented for weddings and other festivities. The community lives on the banks of the Yamuna river, right in the middle of Delhi and has been working there and taken care of these animals for generations. Because of pollution, awareness of animal rights and lack of grasslands to feed the elephants, their numbers have decreased considerably in the past years. Today, there are only about 5 left.
In order to bring a surrealist feeling in the photographs, I used different angles, tried to make compositions that bring otherwise unrelated objects together, and tried to bring a lot of colour and accents in the final post processing.
I had already noticed in the work that I researched that a lot has to do with the timing of the photograph, especially in Dench’s work, the photos always seem to be taken at the most unfortunate moments. My photographs don’t have this element, because there was not a whole lot going on and there weren’t too many people, so I tried to focus more on the composition and contrasts in the environment itself.