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Pride of vernacular architecture

Capture the play of light and shade inside the Padmanabhapuram Palace, once the seat of the Maharajas of erstwhile Travancore, which has been included in the draft list of UNESCO world heritage sites

Here is a photo feature of the 500-year-old palace that is a proud legacy of Kerala’s traditional architecture.

Seema Krishnakumar, a communication designer and documentary photographer, shares with The Hindu MetroPlus some of the photographs she clicked during her visits to the iconic palace.

“Although the palace and its surroundings make a pretty picture, it is quite difficult to take good pictures of the interiors because it is so dark. I clicked several photographs of the interiors but these are some of the snaps I edited and put up on my blog,” says Seema, a faculty member of the DJ Academy of Design in Coimbatore.

Seema focussed on the Padmanabhapuram Palace while working with architect Benny Kuriakose in Chennai.

A civil engineer, Seema’s interest in art and design persuaded her to shift to a career in communication design. She feels that her sense of space helps her frame her photographs. After a stint as a trainee faculty member in the National School of Design, Seema won a Fulbright Scholarship to do her post graduation in communication design from the Pratt Institute in New York.

An avid traveller and seeker of stories, her focus is on documentary photography. She sees photography as the ideal medium to zoom into her interests in architecture, people, society and politics.

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