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By Sunil Kumar

A photograph is a three-dimensional depiction of reality, a snapshot in time. Done with a self-created definition. So, now I will randomly discuss my impressions of a Japanese artist who I met last week.

Digitization has meant increasing mechanization of aesthetics; easier to point-at-shoot, but less nostalgic than yesteryear. According to Shiho, the photographer, the traditional method of developing in the darkroom leads to a more poignant portrait, a more transcending image. The jargon of the trade is also mind-boggling, with terms such as aperture, sensitivity, ISO speeds used regularly by long-term practitioners.

Another interesting thing discussed here is handcrafted photography. Shiho used a Ricohflex camera, and used Type C prints (33×40 inches), apart from a 5 X 4 inch negative. Some of the places the photographer shot at was Bogmalo Beach, Dariyapur Darwaza, Crouch Road. The ISO used was 160, apart from photographs from diverse people including the Alkazi Collection of Photographs. An old silver gelatine print(51×61) cm was used as an illustration.

Lighting techniques, framing and creative experimentation made the photographs interesting, if one were to simplify things. In a digital world, where cameras are evolving at break-neck speed, one can not help but wonder at the patience of people earlier, sans new-age paraphernalia. Japanese Photography has evolved since 1854, the year when the country opened its doors to the outside world and when the whole trade was gaining ground.

The country is truly fascinating, as it has earned a global reputation for high-tech electronics and design innovation post the Second World War. What was interesting here was the depiction of Indian scenes atypically, as well as a historical perspective including images from around a hundred years back; that could provide people a perspective on urban landscapes as they used to exist many years back. Traditional photography that advocated the use of film has been dying slowly; as in the twelfth year of the twenty-first century we are surrounded by digital quick fixes.

Beauty is in the details. And for now, I end my update for the Aglaia Culture Jazz Section.





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