India is an enchanting place because of its history and traditions, and German-born photographer Karen Knorr knows how to bring out the best of these Asian fables and beautiful temples. After a fascinating trip to Rajashthan, India in 2008, Knorr decided to create a series that will explore the richness of the culture.
Inspired by the Panchatantra (a collection of Indian animal fables), Knorr manipulated her photos in order to compose frames that will hold religious and secular buildings together with animals. She first photographed the temples with large format Sinar P3 analogue camera, and then she added the animals, which Knorr had previously captured in zoos and sanctuaries. The result is impressive as the colors of the temples beautifully shine and the beasts show their power and grace.
Karen Knorr declares, "Cranes, zebus, langurs, tigers and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century."
Karen Knorr Represents Indian Fables and Myths Through Photography
1. Indian Animalistic Photography - Opportunity to explore traditional and religious narratives through photography by integrating Indian animal fables.
2. Temple and Animal Synergy - Opportunity to combine ancient Indian architecture with sanctity and animals.
3. Historical Reinvention - Opportunity to introduce ancient Indian history and traditions to a modern-day audience through adaptive and innovative techniques.
1. Photography - Opportunity for photographers and artists to explore cultural narratives and distinct architectural styles through their lens.
2. Animal Sanctuaries and Zoos - Opportunity for film and photography crews to work together with sanctuaries and zoos to bring animalistic elements to visual storytelling.
3. Tourism - Opportunity to showcase Indian traditional narratives and draw people to experience the culture and history first-hand.