Lensman Mahesh Harilal’s assortment of images is an ode to Kerala’s capital
Mahesh Harilal can’t cease gushing about Thiruvananthapuram — its geographical options, structure, flora, festivals, cultural gatherings and extra. As a photographer, he had usually puzzled why there wasn’t a coffee-table e-book on the capital metropolis and its distinctive mixture of the outdated and the brand new.
“It’s so compact and handy. Not like many cities in Kerala and different States, that are bursting on the seams and shedding its identification, Thiruvananthapuram has retained its innate attraction. Though folks from completely different locations in India have settled right here for years, they’ve change into a part of the town and its tradition and never microcosms that exist in isolation,” says Mahesh.
Round June-July final 12 months, Mahesh determined to deal with the town and start a group of snaps that will attempt to seize the distinctive options of the town that many residents take without any consideration.
As an alternative of point-and-click images, Mahesh wished to spend time over every snap that he included within the assortment that he calls ‘Trippy Thiruvananthapuram’.
The gathering of 100-plus images are a beautiful never-before-seen glimpses of the town. Whereas some snaps spotlight the gorgeous landscapes of the district, some give a brand new or quaint perspective of a spot that’s proper there. “As an example, I by no means fail to be enchanted by the Napier museum and its environs. Any photographer can’t assist however be charmed by the buildings, gardens and the individuals who frequent them,” says Mahesh. So there are some uncommon images of lamps, buildings and vistas contained in the Museum grounds.
There are some breathtaking images of seashores within the district. As an alternative of the standard sea, solar and sand combos, he has performed with mild and shade and one such gorgeous beachscape is of Poovar. One other is of Vizhinjam.
Pangode market, Chala, LMS Junction, Muttada… an object or an on a regular basis scene brings alive these locations within the metropolis. Even the mundane and the monotonous get an aesthetic contact when considered by way of his digicam.
Finally, he desires to carry an exhibition of his images and in addition flip it right into a e-book. However not earlier than he feels he has completed justice to the place.
As an alternative of coaching his lens on negativity, Mahesh desires his images to replicate the optimistic points of life and nature. “For me, images is all about capturing the great thing about life round us,” he says.
A former mediaperson, Mahesh is now specialising in portraiture and in addition conducts workshop and coaching for budding lensmen.
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