Dougie Wallace spent 4 years photographing the now defunct black and yellow Premier Padmini cabs of Bombay falling for their garish, psychedelic interiors and the elusive charisma of the drivers. The cabs have been described as ‘Bollywood disco bars on wheels’ adorned with Hindu gods and goddesses, especially Ganesh, who, with his long trunk and multiple arms, removes all obstacles and evils. Between the golden hours of 4-6pm Wallace could been seen on the streets of Bombay loitering with intent at busy junctions or at traffic lights ready to ambush, armed with 3 flashguns and Glaswegian license to pounce.
Over 17 visits to Bombay, Dougie Wallace produced a stunning series of the cities popular taxi culture, now consigned to history as the cars were phased out in 2015 following legislation to reduce air pollution in the city. The photographs demonstrate Dougie Wallace’s tremendous technical ability which when mixed with his eye for colour, composition and humour, produces photographs with such depth and beauty they leave Wallace in class of his own.
This is a Street Level Photoworks off-site exhibition.