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Bitten by the shutterbug

BHUMIKA K.
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CHATLINE Photographer and filmmaker Mahesh Bhat tells BHUMIKA K. modern-day photography may be of great quality, but what it lacks is craftsmanship

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Change is a strange thing. We want it. Yet, we resist it. And when the change in question is about the city you love, and live in, it stirs up a whole gamut of feelings. “People are scared of change…you always want to go back to your mother's womb…it's a psychological thing,” explains photographer Mahesh Bhat. And then you agree he's not so off the mark.

Mahesh, who recently released his book “Bengaluru/Bangalore – In First Person Singular” has documented the changes the cityscape has undergone through his photography; many of the pictures in the book were shot over the last four years. Resisting change is a natural instinct, stresses Mahesh — an instance he immediately quotes — there are written records of how Sir Mirza Ismail, who initially shaped the state of Mysore, and thereafter Bangalore, was upset in the 1920s that Bangalore was losing its architecture! “In my book I've looked at change and constants; what keeps our city together. Something like the karaga is a great example — we are talking harmony, so many languages and communities, the Tigalas, the forest, the pond, inclusiveness, of sexual minorities, of a man becoming a woman…”

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