Project Description

|    1980 – 2000   |

A majority of my photographs from the seventies were from my native land of Kerala. Creating visuals of the familiar people and surroundings fascinated me. I also became more active in artists’ movements and regional initiatives. I started photographing my friends and creative people from the neighborhood, my town, and its architecture. Landmarks of my Memories, Early Photographs, etc., offer a glimpse into the landscape of Mattanchery before it became a cultural hub and venue of Kochi Muziris Biennale. I also started exploring different parts of India. Like a restless river seeking a distant destination, I was always on the move, photographing the memories of those long journeys. Frontier People, Portraits, etc., were a few from my travel days.

During the early 90s, for over a brief period, I worked as a photo-journalist with news agencies and periodicals in India and abroad. In the mid-90s, with the support of different scholarships, I traveled to Europe for higher studies in photography and print-making. Returning to India in 1996, I started practicing photography as an independent visual artist. In this phase, I accelerated my efforts in experimental and art photography.

My continuing interest in totemic animals, mundane everyday imageries, and local micro-history can be seen in the images made in these years. My interest has always been to create images of my personal life and experiences. These autobiographical works stand as a timeless witness of my encounters with social and political dilemmas of the time. My inherited passion for design and fashion led to a versatile approach. Painted photographs, Goddesses, Divine Facade, Trap are a few from this period of experiments and explorations. Eroticism, abstractions, and unconventional means such as scanning and working with found images were becoming my favorite style.