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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Local displaying photos at Indian Consulate

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

By: Autumn Schanil | Democrat
Doug Hilson stands before his “Women of India” photographs that will be on display at the Consulate General of India in Manhattan.
CALLICOON CENTER — From doodling as a child to painting as a freshman in college, to photographing the culture and people of India, Callicoon Center resident Doug Hilson's entire life has been driven by his artistic passions.
And that artistic drive will be bringing his work back to Manhattan, where Hilson spent much of his young married life with wife Danielle.
Hilson will have more than 30 large color photographs displayed at the Consulate General of India on East 64th street in honor of International Women's Day, which falls on Wednesday, March 8.
The opening of Hilson's photography exhibition, “Women of India,” will be held on Monday, March 6 as an invite only, but will be on display for the public throughout the week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.
m. each day, until Friday.
The exhibit will be portraits Hilson has taken of women all over India, from cities like Jaipur in the North and Mysore in the South to jungle villages in the state of Kerala and Rajasthan.
“Danielle and I went to India for the first time in 1992 with our best friend who was a historian,” explained Hilson. “He taught me everything about India. He instilled this love of this place that people go to and they either hate it or they love it.
“It's a place that if you don't welcome the unexpected, you're going to be miserable. The unexpected could be horrible or it could be glorious, and it is, but when it's glorious it's worth every bit.”
Although Hilson had been to India several times and has photographs from each trip, he didn't begin putting together a body of work until 2013.
And what does he enjoy photographing the most? The children.
“There is something about Indian children that is just so beautiful,” said Hilson, while flipping through a large portfolio of photos. “They have these huge, curious, inquisitive eyes.
“My last trip to India I decided to print off some of their portraits, I printed about 40, and I figured I'll go back to the same place and see if I can find those same kids. I found almost all of them and gave them the photos. Their faces just lit up.”
Hilson plans to travel with wife Danielle to India again this coming year.
“It's a remarkable country. And the people are really good people,” he added. “I'm really excited to share this work. It's an honor to display the women of India.”

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