Exhibition Without being arranged or doctored, Madhu Smitha's snapshots narrate stories of life's little moments.
T.h.o.u.g.h.t.s. is MS's random collection of moments over a year. The photo exhibition by Madhu Smitha Pothineni (or MS as she prefers to be called) at Muse art gallery at Hotel Marriott and Convention Centre is a collection of happy moments, each of which has a story. MS explains the captured moments through little poems or a long caption with a poetic twist.
A writer initially when photography happened, she found the right partners to let out her creative energies, she says. Describing her exhibition, T.h.o.u.g.h.t.s, she says “it is an attempt to portray life's little moments through photographs and their stories. The collection is like a freshly made potpourri, with snapshots of life taken randomly.” Seeing her interest in photography her brother presented her an SLR camera and “I went non-stop with it as I discovered what was missing in my digi cam,” says MS. So armed with an MBA from Hyderabad and the SLR, the freelance writer cum full time mom captured random moments as they passed by. MS' collection of 88 frames in colour, monotone and black and white mostly reflects the thinker in her. Her frame in which she captures two doorways one against the backdrop of the other of an old house speaks of non-fancy things that attract her. “As a photographer I haven't really arranged or doctored anything. Nor do I like the idea of making people pose. Neither do the arranged frames look natural, nor will they have a story to tell. The frame where I have clicked — a small steel cup with a ceramic cup — was taken when my son and I were sipping tea together and the two cups were made to sit next to each other without any thought,” she says.
MS' photographs are real in the true sense when one sees the frame ‘what makes men happy? Cricket'. In that particular frame the group of men engrossed in the match are caught unawares and the expressions on their faces speak volumes.