In black and white

A PICTURE speaks a thousand words. But his photographs seem to convey much more - the tenderness of life, emotions and passions of human beings and an illustration of their lifestyle. Well, his camera rolls out pure magic and his talents have now come out of his dark room to be recognised by the connoisseurs.

For a man who has come from a remote village, his art has taken him to places, cutting across man-made boundaries. Srikanth Alle, a city-based photographer, has been given the associateship of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain under the category, `Visual Art Pictorial'.

The honour came for the portfolio of 15 black and white photographs based on the life of Araku tribes in the North Coastal Andhra. His reputation has been further enhanced when the Society decided to publish some of these pictures in its May journals.

His work captures the innocent life of the tribals staying in the picturesque Araku Valley. And the black and white photographs reflect the deep understanding the photographer has of the poor tribals and their distinctive lifestyle. The images look more dramatic due to the strong compositions and quality printing. These aesthetically well crafted pictures stand out both for their craftsmanship and emotive qualities.

"My acquaintance with the tribals helped me understand them very closely and it reflects in the photographs", says Srikanth, a bachelor degree holder in Fine Arts from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

By R. Ravikanth Reddy