India: An Intimate Journey
January 9 – May 9
Porter Hall Gallery*
Vicky Stromee and Catherine Harold
*Note: Due to physical distancing protocols, a maximum of 6 guests at one time will be allowed in the gallery.
Enjoy a taste of a visual journey through less often seen parts of India, a land of contrasts, an amalgam of ancient and modern, sacred and secular, a confluence of cultural and religious traditions.
It is a mélange of colors, sounds, smells and tastes; a chaotic and yet surprisingly fluid society that welcomes visitors and pilgrims alike. Perhaps Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: “to other countries I may go as a tourist, but to India I come as a pilgrim.” In 2019, well-known national photographers, Vicky Stromee and Catherine Harold set off to India to fulfill a dream – immerse themselves in the culture of India, capture the art, love and intensity of this most beautiful country and its people.
They were fortunate to encounter everyday laborers and holy men alike, gaurs and elephants in the wild, and the sensory intensity of nature and culture inexorably intertwined in everything. Their experience of India, that life is hard and life is beautiful is well reflected in the largescale imagery of the exhibition that allows the viewer to be mesmerized by the many scenes. Vicky and Catherine are thrilled to be able to bring this experience to the Gardens with its emphasis on connecting people with plants and nature through art and culture.