Part I – Hyderabad
Photographs and text by Gaurav Rachamalla, Joyel K. Pious
Between the past and present, the rural and urban, and the wilderness and human settlements lies a space that doesn’t belong to either sides. We would like to call it the ‘Edge’. In the pace of urbanisation, these edges usually vanish or transform beyond recognition. Exploring these unique spaces at night was an idea that hit upon us accidently. These edges, bordering two contradicting spaces, are clearly visible at night. One side of them is dark wilderness, while the other is a sea of light and humanity. Sitting at those thin borderlines and looking at the urban landscapes ahead, we knew that the past lied behind. It is a past which we don’t belong to, but can just ponder upon.
Hyderabad: With centuries-old history, the Pearl City is an ideal landscape for finding edges. Lying dormant for several years, the city witnessed unprecedented growth after Information Technology boom. Famous for lakes, hillocks and rocky topography, Hyderabad has been undergoing rampant urbanisation for the last two decades. However, some places still refuse to surrender to the invasion of concrete. They form the thin but unique border lines of Hyderabad. Landscapes near Maula Ali Dargah, Attarah Seedi near Golconda Fort, Osmania University’s wild outdoors and Pahadi Shareef Dargah were our destinations. From these places, the city seemed to be away and close at the same time.
In the company of 'beast' and fire
On the rocks on a cloudy night
Playing with fire near Attarah Seedi. In the background is Qutb Shahi tombs
A concrete box borders Osmania University's classrooms and outback
Pahadi Shareef Dargah gives a sense of separation from the bustling city
High-rise buildings slowly conquering wilderness
An island of tranquillity