Frames of India featured snapshots of the city and everyday abstracts

The venue: State Gallery of Art, Madhapur. Event: Frames of India – 3, a national photography exhibition. The audience: Emerging and established photographers and their friends, armed with some of the finest digital SLRs.

In its third edition, Frames of India featured a selection of photographs seamlessly reflecting urban spaces, people, countryside and everyday abstracts. Curated by Ashis Pahi of Kalanirvana Art Gallery, Hyderabad, the exhibition features works of 17 photographers and painters. A black, white and blue shot of a fisherman's young son, perched precariously on a rubber tyre and looking pensively into the water, shot by Prashant Murari, caught the eye of visiting curator Jacquline Lima from New York.

Lima was earlier part of an artist in residence programme conducted by Kalanirvana. Lima is working towards her next international exhibition in 2012, which will feature photographs, paintings, sculptures and even films on the theme ‘One Love'. “Unlike this exhibition, where photographs are mounted on a wall, I hope to juxtapose photographs, sculptures and paintings against a single background,” she says.

The three-day photography exhibition showed how a keen photographer can make monuments that have been photographed numerous times look different through his/her lens. Shruti Singhal's photograph of the Qutb Shahi Tombs bathed in hues of pink, purple and blue captured the cultural canvas of the tombs while Anil Singhal's sepia-tinted frame showed the reflection of devotees offering prayer against the Charminar on Ramzan. Shankar Ghosh's photograph titled ‘My village road' drew attention to a snapshot of a rivulet, which the villagers need to cross on a daily basis. The photographs were priced at Rs. 10,000 to 15,000.

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