This series show single moments that controvert each other, change constantly and are always new - like identity and life itself. "I came to India to explore what my father’s native country means to me. Sometimes I felt that I belong to India and sometimes I felt like a stranger. After some time I became aware that ‘the agony and the beauty of living in India is just this, that one is challenged every day to look at life not in absolutes but in relatives’. I discovered that there is only the truth within each moment. This is my truth about India."
Shantala is a photographer from Hanover, Germany with a background in Communication Design. This year she is graduating from Goldsmiths University of London where she undertakes an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. Based on her interest in questions of identity and sociological theories, her past works include Freudenhaus, a social documentary series about the life of a brothel in Germany and Guests a series about living and dying in a hospice. Not just the photographs, but also their presentation is an important part of her work and is designed to open up space for the interpretations and associations of the viewer. Shantala has been widely exhibited and published in Germany; this is her first solo exhibition in the UK. For further information on Shantala’s work, please visit: http://www.shantala-fels.de
Zoom In is a popular, not-for-profit school for photography, enabling both individuals and community groups from the Greater London area to explore and engage with all aspects and all levels of photography. Zoom In currently provides:
• Community and Outreach Education Programme which targets hard to reach groups, special needs and those needing a supportive environment in which to develop. Our projects deal with current and relevant issues, using photography as a learning tool to challenge participants to think and grow creatively. Our programme reaches an average of 130 beneficiaries a year. Zoom In has recently run the following successful projects:
• Volunteer and Informal Training Programme offering opportunities to get involved in all aspects of our arts organisation. Just over 100 volunteers (16 - 68 years old) are currently volunteering at Zoom In. We also provide work experience placements for young people and ESOL students, imparting experience through training and opportunities to an average of 20 participants a year.
• Photographic facilities for individual members, various charitable organisations and local schools which access our services such as our Digital Suite, Studio Room and Black and White Darkroom as well as running sessions from our premises.
• Photography courses for the general public as a means of contributing to our charitable and community activities. Our courses cater for beginners to advanced level as well as both digital and analogue users. We receive between 500 – 600 students per year.
"Zoom In promotes the attainment of independent goals through creativity, education, inspiration, encouragement and support for individuals and community groups."