“Visual Splendor: Travels in Northern India”

A photography exhibit, “Visual Splendor: Travels in Northern India,” opens this week at the Gallery at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

Amy Davenport will speak about her travels and photographs on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5:15 p.m. during an opening celebration, held from 4:30 to 6. The exhibit runs through Oct. 20.

Davenport first visited northern India in late 2018, specifically to what is known as “the golden triangle” formed by Dehli, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur.

“I was told that India would overwhelm my senses, but even so I was not prepared for the visual splendor I found there,” Davenport said. “The colors were dazzling. The architecture was unlike anything I had ever seen or experienced before.

“Attempting to capture as much of that beauty as I could with my camera quickly became an obsession. I was fascinated by the history — the Mughal Emperors in Dehli and Agra, and the Maharajas in Rajasthan who built such stunning palaces, forts, mosques and tombs.

“For centuries, Muslims and Hindi were able to live peacefully in the Mughal Empire. Religious tolerance was considered a virtue. Within certain parameters, the art forms of the two cultures borrowed from one another, thereby enriching the beauty that each produced.”

The photographs were taken with a Panasonic Lumix and a 8S Plus iPhone.

“Had I known, or even imagined, the visual experience that was about to overwhelm me, I would have ignored the urge to pack light and included my Nikon … but hindsight is 20/20,” Davenport said. “I am, at best, an amateur photographer — someone who has always loved taking photographs but had no time to get serious about it until I retired from a 35-year career in the law.”

Davenport retired in 2014 as Vermont’s chief administrative judge. She had served on the bench since 1990 and became chief administrative judge in 2005; before becoming a judge, Davenport was a state representative from 1984 to 1990.

The Gallery at Central Vermont Medical Center is located in the lobby of the hospital and is open every day.

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