Senti-mental (2005-2010)

A Kaleidoscope view of life, history and time

Kaleidoscope reminds me of those memorable childhood times… I remember the weekly chandha (market) in my town. An old Muslim fakir used to sell colorful paper covered kaleidoscopes. Almost every week my father had to buy me a new one, as I would have already opened the mysterious kaleidoscope to see what is inside, to know how it works and in the process would have destroyed the kaleidoscope. The joy of looking through those mirrors remained with me like a psychedelic trip…. During early 90s, my experimental photography works included double exposure; scratching on negatives; doodling / painting / needle work on expensive prints; cutting, cropping and manipulating the prints to bring about a Kaleidoscopic view, etc. During 2005, I also had to give way to the growing digital medium and had to start using digital platforms. Using photoshop, I created this body of work titled ‘Senti-mental – a Kaleidoscopic view of life, history and time’. Most of the original analog photographs were taken by me. I also collected / bought quite a few studio portraits from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Those Polaroid images have become a mirror image of that time, space and memory…  I worked on this series for about 5 years. These works have not been exhibited so far.

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60"x60"/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60″x 60″/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60"x60"/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60″x 60″/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

 

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60"x60"/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60″x 60″/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60"x60"/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60″x 60″/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

 

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60"x60"/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60″x 60″/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

 

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60"x60"/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

Senti-mental / Photograph (C) Abul Kalam Azad / 60″x 60″/Archival pigment prints 2005-2010

8th October 2014

Tiruvannamalai

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