Images of father
A GOOD photograph captures life in the most unexpected moments. It catches reality unawares.
When Anup Mathew Thomas, a student at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, had to choose a subject for his final year photography project, he zeroed in on the life of his own father. The idea was to capture the personal moments from the life of his father, Thomas Jacob, Associate Editor of Malayala Manorama and the chairman of Kerala Press Academy.
For nine months from February to November last year, Mr. Anup followed his father with his camera in Kerala, in Tamil Nadu and in the U.K. The result was a large number of black and white snapshots, capturing some rare personal moments from the busy schedule of a journalist. The moments are intimate and informal, the time spent with his closest family members.
A selection of 500 photographs from the collection made during the project period of nine months has been presented as an exhibition at the Kashi Art Gallery, Mattancherry. The show is titled `Well Basically This Is About Thomas Jacob.' The show opened on Saturday evening.
Interestingly, this exhibition has no framed photographs lining up the gallery walls. Instead, the images are projected on the walls through LCD projectors. `I've been concerned with telling a story through a series of images rather than as single photographs,' states Mr. Anup. That is why he chose to present the 500 photographs as a continuous flow of projected images. `Most of the images form short photographic sequences, like brief narratives.' And the otherwise static images of black and white photographs were imparted a certain flow through the projection, pouring out in silent succession.
Most of the time, his camera remains unobtrusive. His father, the Subject, was a `willing participant,' notes Mr. Anup, in that `he ignored me.' Often he is on the fringe of the frame, engrossed in the little activities around home that often make life meaningful even for the busiest executive, or just lazing it out during a quite hour.
Though Mr. Anup had studied Furniture Design at Srishti, he had moved to photography by the time the course was over. Earlier in 2002, he had conducted a travelling photo exhibition titled `Passing By.' The show conducted in association with the Alliance Francaises, had images from European countries and it had travelled to many Indian cities, including New Delhi.
By Renu Ramanath
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