T. S. Atul Swaminathan
Images of a boy in his teens segregating the newspapers in the wee hours of the morning, a boy standing atop Schmidt Memorial on Elliot's Beach and flying a kite, and the statue of Pope John Paul II in St. Thomas Mount captured on a beautiful yellow evening, reflecting on his face,... are all images eating up a good portion of the wall at the premises of MRTS railway station, Thiruvanmiyur. These not only offer a visual treat but also speak about the dedication and commitment of the lens men who have come out with such wonderful ideas.
A good number of these images have found their way to the photo expo "Chennai 24/7 Public Photography Exhibition" organised by Goethe - Institut in association with Southern Railways, Art Chennai and Travelling Lens. The exhibition was inaugurated by Deepak Krishan, GM, Southern Railways, in the presence of Consul-General Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Stephen Wechback and Director of Max Muller Bhavan Dr Karl Pechatscheck.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Karl Pechatscheck said that the venue was quite apt for the expo and called upon all Chennaiites to have a look at the photos displayed there. Consul-General of Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Stephen Wechback said, “More art forms such as music, dance and theatre should be encouraged. Public spaces should be used for organising cultural events,”.
He appreciated the efforts taken by Max Muller Bhavan, Travelling Lens, Art Chennai and Southern Railways for organising the photo exhibition. Art Chennai 2012, convenor, Sanjay Tulsyan said the expo is a great opportunity for the budding photographers to showcase their talent. This is the first and largest public exhibition in Chennai. As a run up to the expo more than 350 photography enthusiasts across the city participated, attended meetings and workshops that were held at the Goethe- Institut under the guidance of Varun Gupta of Travelling Lens. After undergoing training, they submitted about 1, 100 entries, after scouring the city between February 19 and 26.
From these a curation jury consisting of Andreas Deffner (Germany) and Yannick Cormier (France) selected over 120 images for the exhibition. Visitors can take look at the images till March 21 at the MRTS Station, Thiruvanmiyur.