July 2021: As part of the bigger project to create and curate photography work inspired by art movements, I started working on the second leg of the project based on the theme ‘abstract’. To give you a brief background, ‘abstract’ as an art form has been a central stream of modern art since the early 19th century. Abstraction literally means the distancing of an idea from objective referents. You may find its reflections in Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Cubism which all proved one point, i.e., art could be non-representative. If I have to take one name who is often credited by historians as having pioneered this idea with his non-representational artwork in as early as 1912, then it would be Wassily Kandinsky.

  •  shape, form, color and line creating a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world;[1]
  • pulling a depiction of imagery away from any literal, representational reference points;
  • isolating a fragment of a scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer;
  • purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects;
  • if you look at a photo and there’s a voice inside you that says ‘What is it?’….Well, there you go. It’s an abstract photograph.”[2]

Tripping on the Beach | 2022

These photographs were created as juxtaposition and alignment of the same image four different times. The original single image was created using long exposure (light painting) and intentional camera movements. The source of ambient light was nearby beach sacks on one fine evening in south Goa.

Date of Creation: 3 April 2022
Place: Palolem, Goa
Gear: Lumix S1 with 24-105mm F4.0 lens
EXIF: Shutter Speed 4 sec.; Aperture f/8; ISO 800.
Elements of Visual Art: Pattern, Symmetry

The Swirl | 2010

These photographs were created by swirling water in a rusted iron bucket under the open sky. What you see as white are the reflections of clouds on the water. The image on the top is my master piece so far. If you look closer in the center, you may find the spiritual symbol of ‘Om’ in the Hindu religion formed with the swirling movement of the water and that is what makes this image my best creation so far. I must admit that I found this ‘Om’ accidentally without having the intention to create so. The entire series is created from some of my earliest images from the year 2010 taken with a point-and-shoot camera.

Date of Creation: 19 May 2010
Place: Katihar, Bihar
Gear: Lumix DMC FS42
EXIF: Shutter Speed 1/160 sec.; Aperture f/2.8; ISO 80.
Elements of Visual Art:

Oblivion | 2022

‘Oblivion’ is not just a word but an entrenched feeling of endless emptiness, where you feel lost and insignificant. It is a termite that eats up your identity everyday making you question the worth of your existence itself. The worst thing that we can do to somebody we once loved so much is, subjecting them to oblivion, knowingly or unknowingly. The photograph is inspired by a deep entrenched identity crisis of elderly parents who slowly start getting less and less time and attention from their son/daughters.

Date of Creation: 3 April 2022
Place: Palolem, Goa
Gear: Lumix S1 with 24-105mm F4.0 lens
EXIF: Shutter Speed 1/2 sec.; Aperture f/11; ISO 100.
Elements of Visual Art:

Cacophony | 2021

The image depicts my aversion to the chaotic city life with horns blaring all around, particularly when you pass through a market. Everything just feels hazy and discordant. The image was taken with a slow shutter speed and intentional camera movement to connote instability.

Timeline of Creation: 2021-22
Places: Kolkata, Patna & Katihar
Gear: Lumix S1 with 24-105mm F4.0 lens and Samsung Galaxy S20FE
Elements of Visual Art: Lines, Patterns, Symmetry

Symmetrical Worlds | 2021-22

These photographs were also created as juxtaposition and alignment of the same image multiple times to create symmetry of the lines and angles and give a sense of unrealistic world that can only exist in artist’s imagination.

abstract photo with two colours
Strange Nature | 2010 & 2021

These photographs depict the randomness of nature by isolating a fragment of the larger frame so as to remove the inherent context of the scene and take the imagery to a subjective level. If it is still making you wonder, what it is exactly or perceive a different reality, then I think, I was successful in creating this abstraction.

Timeline of Creation: 2010 and 2021
Places: Katihar, Ratnagiri and Devbag
Gear: Lumix GH5, Lumix DMC FS42
Elements of Visual Art: Patterns, Perspective

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