Good Reading : March 2016
COFFEE TABLE 2 FADED BEAUTY India is a country of 1.2 billion people, so you’d expect almost every square metre of the nation to be filled with signs of teeming humanity. But in the Shekhawati region of north-eastern Rajasthan, many old mansions – known as haveli – lie ruined and abandoned, standing in eerie but beautiful counterpoint to the frenzied human activity in the rest of the country. Melbourne photographer KIP SCOTT, who has long been fascinated by architectural abandonment and ruin, has captured the genteel and sometimes ghostly splendour of the faded frescoes and cracked and crumbling facades and interiors of these once-grand mansions in his new photographic essay, Abandoned India. Abandoned India: The mansions of Shekhawati by Kip Scott is published by Transit Lounge, rrp $59.99.