Greg Davis’ Spiritual Journey Connects Abilene to India

Greg Davis’ Spiritual Journey Connects Abilene to India

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

ABILENE- Austenite Greg Davis didn’t start out to be a photographer. But after 10 years in the tech business, the photographs he took with a point-and-shoot camera during a year-long trip around the world changed his life and his career direction. Now an international photographer, he is represented by National Geographic Creative and is bringing his collection of remarkable images from Kumbh Mela, the largest religious pilgrimage in human history, to the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene. The Center will host an Indian Experience reception on Thursday, October 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in honor of Davis’ Kumbh Mela photography exhibit, on display at the Center October 7 through November 22, in the Bill and Alice Wright Photo Gallery. The evening will include a sitar and tabla concert by Indian musicians Indrajit Banerjee and Gourisankar Karmakar and a screening of Davis’ 11-minute film about his experience at Kumbh Mela, Cloth Paper Dreams. Davis will also be on hand to talk about the exhibit and his adventure. Indian food will be available for sampling, and guests are welcome to come in traditional Indian dress. At 7:30 p.m., immediately following the reception, the West Texas Photographic Society will host a question and answer session with Davis during their regular monthly meeting in the Photo Gallery at the Center. The meeting is open to the public. Davis’ photographs taken during the 55-day Kumbh Mela festival, held only once every 12 years, and his accompanying short film capture the stories of a few of the 50 million or more individuals who gathered at the confluence of three holy rivers in northern India for the 2013 event. The gathering attracts pilgrims who seek to bathe in the holy water in hopes of ending the cycle of reincarnation so that they may enter heaven. Davis’ images contrast the drama of the masses of people gathered in one place with intimate portraits of the individuals who each have their own reasons for making the journey to this special place at this special time. The exhibit will be on display Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 7 through November 22, and until 8 p.m. during ArtWalk on October 9 and November 13, 2014. The film Cloth, Paper, Dreams will also be available for viewing while the exhibit is on display. The Center’s galleries and exhibits are generously sponsored by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Abilene Community Foundation, Dian Graves Owens Foundation, Dodge Jones Foundation, Campbell Foundation, Greathouse Foundation, Julia Jones Matthews, Shelton Family Foundation, Sid and Evelyn Niblo, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Area-wide Phone Book For more information contact, Debbie Manns, Gallery Manager, at debbie@center-arts.com or 677-8389.