Photography and Beyond

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The art of photography’s
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Interrelation with other
Art mediums such as literature
Architecture, and
Other visual media

Abul Kalam Azad photography
Untitled © Abul Kalam Azad 2010

On Photography

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 Shankar

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


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