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OLD IS GOLD: One of the exhibits of Pavan K.J.
OLD IS GOLD: One of the exhibits of Pavan K.J.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: A junkyard or what we would call a gujri in colloquial Kannada is usually the last resting place for used automobile parts. What the ordinary eye sees as scrap, the artist sees possibilities.

Through the lens of photographer Pavan K.J., these find a life of their own. During his five years at the Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Pavan spent a good deal of his time hanging around the gujri at Mysore.

The result can be seen at his exhibition at the Gallery Sumukha in Wilson Garden where some 22 photographs are on display. The exhibits, which are digital prints on archival paper, play with colours, intriguing the viewer.

Speaking about his passion for the medium, Pavan says: “My father used to be an amateur photographer; so I had an inclination towards photography from my childhood. The challenges and skills that are involved made it even more attractive for me.”

The photographer’s favourite is the one titled “Glitter” and shows light, from a bulb, reflecting off parts that are stacked on shelves. “This is a very special piece as the junkyard is allotted only one hour of light every day and that makes them glitter like jewels,” he explains.

The other eye-catching piece is titled “Halo” in which, apart from the parts in the store room, Pavan’s lens has captured the flow of sunlight into the room through a hole in the ceiling. Reflection of the sunlight causes the formation of a halo close to the ceiling.

This is Pavan’s first solo exhibition. To support himself he freelances for various ad agencies and does commercial photography for them.

The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibits will be on display till September 30.

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