Yesterday, I was at the ‘Behind the Lens’ photography exhibition at the Mahua art gallery in Sadashiv Nagar - 344/8, 4th Main Road, above Vijaya Bank. I liked the gallery and the lady who was attending to it when I was there. She was very attentive and spoke to me at length about anything I wanted to know. My interest in photography is quite high and she was nice enough to tell me whatever she knew.
What was also wonderful were the sizes of the frames - nice and large. Added a whole dimension to what one keeps looking at from the viewfinder.
Six photographers have their works exhibited here:
Ajay Rajgharia from Delhi - I loved his work - very colorful, more tending towards aqua colors. A lot of textures too in his frames. he has a very varied background - an investment banker, then a garment exporter and now a photographer. I guess you do end up where your heart lies…
Ashok Koshy from Kerala - Beautiful frames again. Mostly a look into the beautiful culture of Kerala. Nice use of light. Nicely composed frames too. Some of them were worked on to make them almost look like paintings - digital alterations I think. He has the ‘House of Goa’, an award winning book, to his credit. He has about 4 decades of photographing experience.
Leena Kejriwal - Her frames were a delight. She has chosen to exhibit her ‘Tea-shop’ series, the Indian Chai kettles. Her frames have captured the mundane off-of-the-street objects that would go unnoticed otherwise. Also, her prints have tea stains to make them into art.
Sandeep Biswas from Delhi - His frames were frames to stand and look at. He has a beautiful understanding of the abstract in real life street photography. He has used reflections in different mediums to come up with the frames that he has. It was wonderful to look at decipher them. One of them, almost the first one that grabs your attention when u enter the gallery, is one of his that I really liked - you can see it on his site - the 5th frame in his Reflections series.
Karan Khanna - His work is very contemporary - the frames are more digital paintings using very vivid colors. He is an artist who infuses his own artistic vision into the frames he has captured. He has gone from being an advertising accounts executive to being a professional photographer. From what I read of him in his intro there, it said that he has had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by the legendary Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Vivek Mathew from Bangalore - had his series aptly titled ‘Lyrical shadows’. Beautiful play of light and shadow - the elements in the frames were almost secondary. Such was the powerful play of light and shadows. His frames were smaller, but had my attention in full. A lot of browns and textures too from what I remember. He was the youngest of them all and has had his formal education from The Light & Life Academy, Ooty.
The frames were priced anywhere between 35, 000/- to 60, 000/-. The price range is only an approximate, as told to me at the gallery.
Overall, a lovely experience. I enjoyed myself and if you read this, I hope you get to go too. It is on till the 28th of this month. While I was there, I didnt run into any of the exhibitors. Not sure if they are going to be around this weekend or the following week.
If you know more about any of these photographers, please do share. And if you have been to the exhibition already, I would love to hear your points of view too.