Bansri Chavda an artist from India was in touch with Roland after watching his drystone walling documentary “If Walls Could Talk.” Bansri was inspired by Roland’s film and photographs and wanted to collaborate on an artistic project to promote the art of drystone walling.

What Bansri and Roland want to achieve with this collaboration is a mismatch between the colour values of paintings and the chromatic tones of photographs. These values Bansri has been able to incorporate into reproducing some of Roland photographic prints as an artistic application on canvas.

Indian Artist Bansri Chavda
Indian Artist Bansri Chavda

Bansri took inspiration from Roland’s increasing photographic collection on his Instagram page and created collage mood boards to house the prints.

Bansri collage mood board

Mrs Chavda interprets the walls of Derbyshire in a very spiritual way, stroking her canvas with a builders trowel. Finely smoothing the edges with a light brush bringing out the detail.

Roland uses  Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to bring out more of the detail in his work while listening to his daily choice of music. On this particular day, it was Dr. Dre.


Drystone walls of Derbyshire photographed by Roland Keates
Part of a series of photographs around Derbyshire of different drystone walls in the landscape.

Bansri drystone walls

Bansri canvas is exposed in front of her eyes, she becomes the artist and paints her realism, seeking to achieve its nobility through the practice of reproducing photographs.

Bansri Chavda drystone wall
Bansri Chavda
Bansri Chavda


Bansri Chavda drystone walls
Bansri Chavda drystone walls



We are on the lookout for an art gallery where we can part build a drystone wall, hang paintings and photographs and have the film showing on a loop. If you are an agent or an art gallery who would be interested in taking on collaborating project further please contact me.

To Find out more about Bansri work visit This profile page


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