17 December 2011
Last updated at 01:15
German street graffiti artist Loomit is in the Indian capital, Delhi, as part of the German embassy's "Year of Germany in India". Here he stands before a drawing of his name in Hindi. Text and photos: Geeta Pandey
In the middle of a park in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar area, on an abandoned building, Loomit paints a portrait of a five-year-old daughter of an Indian friend.
He consults her photo and gives finishing touches to the painting. Loomit travels light, the tools of his trade several bottles of spray paint. All fit into a small shoulder bag.
On another wall of the same building, he has written the word "style" in ornate Hindi. It's all done now and he signs off his artwork.
Shankar Swamy is passing through the area when he stops to admire Loomit's work. "I've never seen anything like this before. This is very nice. And he's done it all with spray, not a brush. This is unique," he says.
For Loomit, every wall is a potential canvas. As he walks through the narrow alleys of the lower-middle class Khirki Extension area, he points at roofs and walls that he would like to paint. "The surroundings here are like a theatre stage," he says.
On this massive wall canvas, Loomit is painting the snowy mountains of Germany.
Sandwiched between cheek-by-jowl homes and filthy crumbling walls, his landscape draws a lot of attention from neighbourhood boys. Many of them come and pose in front of it and have their photos taken on mobile phone cameras.
The work is hard and the hours are long. But Loomit says the enjoyment means he never feels tired.
Loomit began by painting the wallpaper of his room as a teenager and says he never trained in art. "There is no university for street artists," he says. Here, he paints India's national bird, the peacock, on the front wall of a house in Kalkaji. (Photo: Loomit)
On the wall of this temple in Malviya Nagar, he has painted two swastikas - the Hindu religious symbol. "India has taught me a lot. I love it's culture," he says. (Photo: Loomit)
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