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Yatin Patel is an Orlando-based photographer, internet entrepreneur and native of India. Patel has created a series of internet companies, but his focus on art has remained consistent throughout his career. Patel believes that a creative outlet helps in business endeavors.
In 2011 Yatin Patel launched work from his personal "Sutra" series of photos. Patel's primary goal is to raise awareness of his photography – which focuses on various aspects of Indian society, culture and history. Through his Art & Philanthropy initiative Yatin actively supports many local and national charitable organizations, bringing awareness to their cause.
Born in India, Patel has a personal connection to the locations that he photographs. Patel explains that his main motivation behind shooting in India is his fascination with how, after thousands of years, India's original environment, and its habitants, have organically evolved in time to find a delicate balance between tradition and modernism, without compromise. Patel's passion, then, is to document this coalescence of old Indian traditions and modern lifestyles.
The Sutra project employs high dynamic range imaging, which is a photographic style that evenly distributes exposure in all parts of an image. Thus, there are few dark spaces, lending photographs a more artistic feel. Ultimately, the series attempts to explore the harmony that exists between old Indian traditions and a move toward modernism.
"Sutra" also focuses on Ahmedabad, which is a partitioned city; there are gated communities, small pockets of varying culture and hidden courtyards. The images, just like the city, are complicated works that include buildings stacked upon one another, dark passageways and widely varying kinds of architecture throughout.
Currently on display in Mount Dora, Fla., Patel eventually plans on traveling around the world with his photo collection.
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Some of the "Sutra" series of prints have been printed on Japanese kozo paper (also known as rice paper), which is a flexible medium for printing. Made from the mulberry plant, kozo paper is ideal for printing in that it doesn’t use chlorine bleaching and is stronger than regular papers.
The prints themselves are produced by Cone Editions Press (by Jon Cone), which has been pioneering computer printmaking since 1984. Patel saw this is a beneficial partnership, as the high dynamic range of his photographs would benefit from a refined and well-established digital printing process. The prints of the highest possible printing quality and the style helps to bring out color and shadow elements within Patel’s images.
The Sutra collection is also a platform that was created to inspire society towards charitable giving. Through his art Yatin has collaborated with several foundations to raise awareness and funds for their respective causes. Yatin has partnered with many philanthropic organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, The Annika Sörenstam Foundation, Kerosene Lamp Foundation, March of Dimes Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children.
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