As a photographer who shoots exclusively in color, I always knew my path would one day lead me to India. At last, in 2010, I arrived in Rajasthan, where women’s saris come in tangerine and saffron, where villages are tinted candy-coated hues and destinations like Jodhpur and Jaipur are known as the Pink City and the Blue City. Throughout my travels in this ancient land, it was the intoxicating power of color that marked the way—luring me down a rabbit hole to a magical world of intense beauty and wonder.
But unlike the Technicolor rainbow I’d seen in books on India, the palette I discovered there was surprisingly subtle. These were the distressed, sunwashed color bursts of a parched desert region—though no less saturated for their timeworn patina. Like jewels in the crown of their dusty, earthen backdrops, they dazzled all the more. With this series, I invite you to enter a mystical realm of color, where everyday moments are painted in shades of spectacle and delight.
Palmer creates photographs that explore the mysterious and the magical in the everyday. His pictures evoke a sense of place and time and tell a story. Whether the setting is natural or man-made, an expansive landscape or an intimate space, it is always a personal interpretation, viewed through a prism of memory, dream, myth and desire.
He shoots color film with a medium format 6 x 7 camera and makes his own C-prints in the darkroom.
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