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Image matters

THERE IS an age-old saying, "Every book is a masterpiece, depends upon who reads it". Similarly every camera is a weapon, depends upon who employs it. That is what the spectacular works by a young digital photographer Subash Sharma force you to believe in. Subash's debut book of digital photography, "Digital Glimpses of India" was launched in Mumbai recently. This is arguably the first such book in India and Subash, the only one to do this kind of work in the country. The book is printed in Singapore and Mumbai-based English Edition Publishers and Distributors Private Limited are its distributors in India.

Priced at Rs.1295, this 235-page, big, glossy book's pictures are a sight to behold. The images, real and surreal are Subash's love's labour of three years. Amalgam of at least five pictures, digitally fused with innovative texture and meticulous use of black and white, bright colour and light shades. These fabulous images draw from the joys and sorrows of everyday life, aspirations as well as Indian elements and themes, apart from world famous Elephanta Caves and images of Buddha from the caves of Kanheri.

In his images, you can spot an old woman walking on the road with an aim in mind, completely oblivious of the road melting ahead, threatening to stop accompanying her, you witness a section of the dilapidated fort peeping out of a wooden almirah, footsteps on water, and unseen hues of frozen flowers and leaves, complete images of otherwise mutilated structures of Shiva Parvati and Buddha with the help of special light effects and fusion. Apart from the visual appeal, what make this book interesting is quotes from masters in the painters and photography realm as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, some bit of their biography and some informative write ups about history and art of the images he has drawn. Subhash borrows from these quotes to explain some of his works. It took him three months to "develop one image." The book has around 20 images.

Inclined towards more of surreal images, Subash takes inspiration from Jerry Yuleman. Says he, "The concept of digital imaging has still not developed in India. In Mumbai there is only one art gallery NCPA that promotes photography alone. Since nobody is doing it in India, art galleries too are apprehensive in promoting it. It is commercially not viable as yet. I am a little ahead of time."

Despite this, he refused to surrender to glamour or advertisement photography, which is commercially cool. "These, for me were not artistically stimulating," he reasons.

Subash is now ready with his next venture. This time he will dwell upon his place of birth, "Rajasthan, its architecture and culture".

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