The moving image and still image have always been brothers in arms, inspiring each other to great and greater heights. In aesthetics, technique and execution movies have an indelible impact on the visual vocabulary around us. Be it the windswept New York City, the silent protagonist of so many Woody Allen films, the visual poetry and poetic narrative of Akira Kurusawa, the sheer chutzpah of Terry Gilliam, the expert shadow play of Guru Dutt or the cinematic magic of Spielberg. Like many photographers and visual artists, I have been an obsessive student of film, watching Bergman and Kubrick films, among so many others, over and over, to understand the subtle nuances of sensitive camera work. This set of images has been taken from a wide range of subjects from my repertoire because they best illustrate the impact that movies have had on my work. By picking six directors, I have attempted to narrow a tremendously large playing field and focus on their inspiration in specific shots that I have taken in East and West, from Air shows in Chicago to monks in Sikkim. Tipping my hat and offering a bow to some irrefutable cinematic magic.
Hari Adivarekar is a photojournalist at present but in the past has worn the hats of radio jockey, web editor, content manager, writer, print editor and musician. He has honed his skills with camera photographing over a 100 concerts at WorldSpace, Rave Magazine and beyond. He has had the unique opportunity to photograph a diverse range of artists, International and Indian, little known and superstars, from Beyonce to Herbie Hancock, Vikku Vinayakaram to Aerosmith, and the Kabir Malwa Yatra to the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also actively pursued and self studies other areas of photography including reportage, abstract, travel and street contributing photo essays and writing articles in various national magazines and newspapers like Tehelka and Hindustan Times among many Travel magazines and on assignment for other groups like Greenpeace, The Biocon Foundation, The Kabir Project and Jaanagraha. He has had three exhibitions of his work in Bangalore ("Seven Notes" – An Exhibition of Music Pictures at the Alliance Francaise and "From Monterey to Malwa", A Multimedia Photo Installation at One Shanti Road Gallery and "A Band of Images" a photo installation during a live concert by Bangalore band Parachute XVI).
Hari is completely self taught and believes photography is meditation just like life. The more still you are, the more you see. You can see more of his work, published and otherwise and read more about him at http://adivarekar.in.
Singapore born and raised, Soraya Taher is a BA Honours graduate (2005) of LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore. Her work had been selected and featured in the Best of Singapore Art 2004. She has since participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions that have been highly acclaimed.
Nurtured through her study of Graphic Design, she has weaved her skills and her love for creating art to help herself depict her journey with independence as a person, a mother, a wife and a daughter-in-law, over the last 5 years of being in Bangalore. Through the motifs of floral, intricate and fluid abstractions is a search for her idea of happiness.
Soraya's works are appreciated and collected locally and internationally (Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, Singapore) as they adorn the homes and offices of her clients. Despite her rarity of time as a mother of 2, her passion makes her carve out time to produce these works of art. She continues to freelance in design (Logos, Illustration, Advertising, Publications), for companies in India.