Kolkata, June 26 : Photographer Kounteya Sinha’s STONE - BEING AND BECOMING - a 95,000 km journey reached Kolkata with the grand unveiling on Friday, June 24 at The Harrington Street Arts Centre.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Rupali Basu, President and CEO, Apollo Hospitals, US Consul General Craig L. Hall, versatile actor Mumtaz Sorcar, director Shiboprosad Mukherjee, producer Atanu Raychaudhuri along with the photographer Kounteya Sinha. The event was moderated by the young and popular RJ Roy.

Speaking at the event Dr Rupali Basu thanked everyone for attending and went on to add, “You can feel the stones reverberating with life in the photographs. You just have to look around to see the beautiful creations. Thank you Kounteya, for bringing your talent to Kolkata. I am honoured to be a part of Stone.” Director Shiboprosad Mukherjee elaborated, “Every stone has a story, be it in Lithuania or Kolkata. The sense that you have elaborated upon these stories is just extraordinary.”

Producer Atanu Raychaudhuri too was all praises for the photographer, while actor Mumtaz Sorcar added, “He is a true magician. The stone is static, but Kounteya has given life to them. I have been to many of these places but I admire Kounteya’s point of view and how he interprets the world around him.”

The exhibition explores and captures the romance of being static — the story of a rock becoming an astounding architectural wonder to the metamorphosis of us humans turning to stone - the phenomenon of unfeeling.

The series of photographs from over 22 countries taken over a span of 440 days portray human creations as silent sentries - breathing and alive. The photographs also document some of the world’s most stunning pieces of architectural work through windows - not to look out, but actually to look within. From the cobbled streets of Prague with its desolate beauty that showed to the photographer a parallel to human life to the “twin heart”, something that photographer will unveil in this show – the only two places in the world where nature has created a perfect heart, Kounteya Sinha’s photographs are harsh yet lyrical.

Kounteya has spent half his life looking at the world as a journalist. His photographs are an extension of that trait. He finds a story in the most unlikely of places, is able to peel off layer by layer to expose the real from the got up. Speaking at the event Kounteya said, “I always hear a picture before I can see. I don’t care of shutter stops or aperture. I just want to tell a story that is trying so hard to hide”.

Elucidating further, the photographer added, “So many of us are portraying ourselves to be alive. But in reality, we are more dead than these walls that never talk. People, many of them, wake up every day as if they just stepped out of their coffins, played their part expected of them by society and walks back smiling and ecstatic, only to shut the door of their rooms behind them, take their masks off and step back into their coffins.”

Stone also unveiled to the world a stunning portfolio in black and white. Speaking about his black and white creations, Kounteya said, “Photography is very similar to a human mind. It oscillates between dark and light. Sometimes therefore you see an image which is as bright as a rainbow smudged. Other times, the only colour you see is more black and less white.” He further added, “If you ever give someone a camera, you will often see how they want to take a picture from an angle that is tough. The picture might be right in front of him but what is in front is always what is simple. Simple never attracted anyone. But my art is simple. Just like life should be. It pays homage to a story.”

Mrs Madhu Neotia, President of Ladies Study Group Abhilasha Sethia, designer Sharbari Datta, fashion expert Jeena Mitra Banik, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, actor Bobby Chakraborty, producer Satrajit Sen, writer Anjum Katyal, director of Oxford Bookstore Maina Bhagat, artist Elena Banik, socialite Nina Saxer and Priyanka and Prateek Raja of Experimenter Gallery were present at the inauguration among others.