Photography and Beyond
Photo Mail presents
A panoramic view of
The art of photography’s
Interrelation with other
Art mediums such as literature
Other visual media
Untitled © Abul Kalam Azad 2010
Remembering Susan Sontag
By Ravi Shankar N
A camera has three eyes.
One gazes at the object.
One, burrows into the object.
One, inside itself.
The first eye makes eye contact with
The eye of the object.
The second eye touches the eye inside the object
And they hesitate like two lovers about to mate.
The third eye is the witness.
It reaches inside the camera and drags out that image
That is the truest representation.
Poetry happens when
All six eyes write each other.
Poetry is the camera, the object and the image,
All rolled into One.
Ravi Shanker N (Ra Sh) is a contemporary Indian poet and theatre personality from Palakkad, the border town between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He translates literature and theatre from English to Tamil / Malayalam and vice versa. His collection of poems titled ‘Architecture of Flesh’ was recently published in English.
Abul Kalam Azad is an established contemporary Indian photographer, noted for his maverick experimental and conceptual works. He is the Founder Chairman of Ekalokam Trust for Photography. Abul’s photographic works are predominantly autobiographical and explore the areas of politics, culture, contemporary micro-history, gender, and eroticism. His works attempt a re-reading of contemporary Indian history – the history in which ordinary people are absent and mainly provided by beautiful images and icons. To see more works of Abul Kalam Azad check his website.
Published on January 24, 2017
A Sense of Dislocation
Indian photography hasn’t seen many such explorations that interact and intersect with other media such as light art. But this has started to change in the last couple of years, with a few photographers trying to do light painting; and it is in this context that Joyel K Pious and Gaurav Rachamalla’s collaborative photo project becomes striking. Although this style is popular in the west, this collaborative project stands tall and distinctive amidst the usual Indian street and documentary photographs. It probes the philosophical underpinnings that are intrinsic to the medium itself as well as pose several questions related to urbanisation.
On Ajith Nedumangad’s Photographs
It is the sheer absurdity of the sculptures created and photographed by Ajith that hits the viewer right from the off – juxtapositions (reminiscent of the Dadaists and Surrealists) in which materials and the forms they are used to create are often in conflict with each other and, at other times, are self-referential in a darkly humorous manner.
On Photography, Remembering Susan Sontag
On Susan Sontag, a poem by famous Malayalam-English poet N Ravi Shankar