ART Nihaal Faizal's photographs capture life and lassitude of a city

S ometimes, photographs speak more than a thousand words. And that's what the photo exhibition, ‘Freedom Road' by Nihaal Faizal, at the Vernissage Art Gallery does.

His images in colour, as well as in black and white depict the stark facet of daily life in the city, and the lassitude that confronts society.

Nihaal is a 16-year-old student of Choice School, Tripunithura, who has forayed into the art world without any formal training.

At a time when Nihaal's peers are hooked on social networking sites or hanging out at hot spots, he zooms his camera, clicking up to nearly a hundred photographs a day! “This exhibition, ‘Freedom Road' is my first ever photo exhibition. They have photos shot in a span of eight months,” he says.

This is the fruition of a hobby turning into a passion. Painting was his first love, but it soon changed when he began clicking with his SLR camera. And his dream is to make it big, in still and motion photography. Widely interested in art, cinema, music and literature his creative pursuits are amply pepped by his parents and grandparents. But he gives credit to his art teacher for motivating him for the launch.

The title of the exhibition ‘Freedom Road' is inspired by a road sign that stands close to the emblem of a political party. “The exhibition is based on a paradox. Despite the title, it is an attempt to compare man-made non-living objects to people and institutions.”

Nihaal will share the proceeds from the sale of his photographs with Crescent Girl's Orphanage, Kochi. The show is on till to November 10.