Nashville-based photog Christine Rogers returns from a Fulbright scholarship to India with a bevy of visual curiosities 

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click to enlarge “Bunny Boy” (Khajjiar)

Photo: Christine Rogers

“Bunny Boy” (Khajjiar)

Photographer Christine Rogers returned to Nashville from India last weekend with nine month's worth of stories to share. She'd been there since October on a Fulbright scholarship to work on her project "The Switzerland of India" — an exploration of the ways the Indian tourist industry has defined its landscapes through other landscapes. She visited many Indian cities, some of them seemingly unlikely candidates for the title of the Switzerland of India.

But somewhere between discovering the lush colors of Darjeeling and becoming part of the narrative herself, Rogers saw the project taking on a much more expansive tone. Her photography has always been less about making an artistic statement in the traditional sense and more about showing how art can be a kind of autobiographical study — or maybe that art and artist have evolved in such a way that one can be a stand-in for the other.

Rogers begins teaching photography at Watkins in the fall, and says she has plans to organize a comprehensive exhibition of the work she made in India. That may include a book to go along with it.

"It feels ongoing to me, at this point," she says. "It feels like the beginning of something."



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