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Pictures for all seasons

Radha Nanda takes an enthusiastic look at a variety of landscapes

The difference between a pleasing snapshot and a thoughtful one is enormous.

CONTRARY TO popular belief, pictorial photography as a medium of expression is an extremely challenging affair. The difference, for instance, between a pleasing snapshot of a natural landscape and a thoughtful photograph snapped with sensitivity and honesty could be quite enormous. Radha Nanda admires Ansel Adam, the great American photographer who was not only a lover of the wilderness, but one who pioneered extraordinary interpretations of the natural scene in his images.


Born in 1946 in Coorg, Radha herself retains a passionate eye and an enthusiastic gaze at natural landscape. Coorg to Kochi, Nepal to New Zealand, she strives to record in her camera "moments of beauty that I see around me". Self-taught in the art of photography, Radha points out to being an intuitive photographer while "consulting feelings and emotions" and using only natural light "in a constant search for those beautiful, uplifting moments in time".

An exhibition of photographs titled Seasons in the Sun, currently on at the Time and Space Art Gallery, bears out Radha's preference to incorporate misty mountains, placid lakes, green valleys, cascading waterfalls, lashing waves and such other natural settings in her images.

The exhibition features several photographs of familiar seafront scenes in Kochi, with fishing nets or moving boats silhouetted against simmering waters. Similarly, cascading waterfalls, ancient temples, pepper vines of Kodagu, blossoming cherry orchards, sun-kissed trees, lawns and parks, and grazing sheep shot in New Zealand are quite pleasing to the eye, but fall short in revealing anything beyond.

In her element

It is in capturing some fascinating sequences of deep volcanic lakes and majestic mountains in New Zealand that Radha really seems to be in her element. In these images, she seems to be aided not only by the dramatic natural setting and the technical capability of her camera, but also by her own heart.

Equally endearing are the unusual images of a flock of birds perched at the edge of a rock, captured to the accompaniment of lashing waves and blowing wind. A solitary photograph of graceful mountains titled "Dawn in Nepal" is graceful and soothing to the eye, thanks to the multiple shades of grey it portrays.

The exhibition concludes today.


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