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Pleasing pictures

The pictures on display at Kaleidoscope reflect the varied interests and backgrounds of the photographers


KALEIDOSCOPE, AN exhibition of photographs currently on at the Chitrakala Parishat, brings together a group of six amateur cameramen who call themselves Fotofolks.

Common interest

Hailing from backgrounds as varied as IT, advertising, finance, and marketing, the members of the group are bound by a common interest in exploring and imaging a wide variety of subjects such as architecture, travel, wildlife, people, nature, and abstract themes.

Ramesh Venkataraman, a shutter enthusiast for over 10 years, is clearly interested in travel photography, with a particular fascination for nature, architecture, and landscapes. One can locate in his photographs samples of architectural perspectives in Bali, and natural sequences such as waves, sunrise and sunset, lotus ponds, elephant herds at Periyar, and shoals of colourful fish.

Close-ups

Kenneth Menzies, a creative writer in an advertising agency, experiments with shadows of staircases, close-ups of leaves, misty mornings, and profiles of ordinary people.

Kimiko Thakur Menzies, who runs an ethnic Indian lifestyle store in the city, uses the opportunity that is afforded by her extensive work-related travels to photograph the varying angles of stone sculpture and moods of landscapes. Similarly, Kommini Krishna Mohan uses his visits to London, New York, Paris and Vatican to snap some pleasant pictures.

Harish Shantakumar seems more inclined to wildlife photography as he takes pictures of samba herds, langurs, pelicans and mynahs, while Sheetal Kumar responds to the sighting of waterfalls, snowscapes and mountains, when she is not capturing the sunset at Goa or the arches and ruins at Hampi.

From the display, it is clear that the group has enthusiastic members. Technically too, most of the photographs are well composed and mounted. It is only in the grasping of the chosen themes and delineating that the group seems to take a somewhat easy route. There are hardly any instances of intense probing of situations. The tendency to make pleasant snapshots seems to overshadow the possibilities of real exploration. A penchant to lay more emphasis on quantity rather than quality is also evidenced in the show. The group should also have given importance to proper display of works rather than cluttering the walls with images.

Bright sparks

In spite of the obvious limitations, one also finds evidence of the group's ability to capture a slice of life as seen in Boys Having a Quiet Moment at Kaveri Sangam (Harish), On the Banks of Tungabhadra (Sheetal), Channapatna Toys (Ramesh), Shadow of Staircase (Kenneth), Stairway at Vatican (Kommini) and some expressive close-ups of sculptures by Kimiko. Another noteworthy point is the group's decision to donate part of the proceeds to tsunami victims.

The exhibition concludes on January 9.

ATHREYA

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