In 2009, Jan Serr visited India, traveling through the Golden Triangle in the country’s northern region, from Delhi to Agra and beyond. Along the way, a project developed. Entranced by the people, the architecture of ancient and modern cities, and the play of color and light, she began to take photographs.

Serr’s eye was drawn to the chance compositions that arose in the most unexpected places. The shimmer of texture in architecture and the diaphanous sheen in women’s saris, the intricacy of temples and the candid pose of figures on the street, all became part of this visual experience. Serr’s work is not travel photography or documentary pictures, but instead she approaches this body of work with an emphasis on artistic structure.

Over 3000 pictures came back from this trip, and approximately 90 will be included in the forthcoming book, Smoke & Mirrors.