A Maharaja, a Fashion Designer and the Streets of Delhi

Image from JJ Valaya's Decoded Paradox Series

What’s got more swagger than a Maharaja on a throne?

Try a Maharaja on a throne in the midst of modern day Delhi shot by India’s most famous fashion designer turned photographer, JJ Valaya.

Valaya had his big reveal earlier this year. Known for his couture house and royalty infused designs, he very publically announced himself a photographer with a collection of black and white prints entitled “Decoded Paradox” and a book of the same name.

Valaya’s images are inspired by his love for the city that embraced him 20 years ago. The photographs ooze with grandeur and are meticulous in detail. Set against modern day Delhi, they tell the story Valaya most wants to share – that steeped in history, Delhi “is an evolving avatar of a future city that few notice as they drive across it everyday.”

In his introduction to the book he writes, Delhi¬† “boasts of a parallel existence for millions of people as well as offers dramatic views of the old and the new. It often amazes me that the same roads that were once reserved for kings and queens to ride on are now common to the average man… My attempt, is to infuse the two separate periods of time into a single frame, creating an absorbing paradox.”

Valaya has indeed succeeded and his passion and masterful eye have produced a series of photographs, each one more impactful than the next.

Last night, Valaya closed day one of Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. The collection –¬† from black and white, to sepia to color – was inspired by the trifecta of his passions – fashion, art and photography, all in one.

Go ahead Mr. Valaya, get your swagger on.

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