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Art is about what is inside rather than what is outside

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Commentby Vageesha AR on Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:43 am

The first phrase that came to my mind was ' fading memory'.

You visit a place or a landscape and you remember it completely for a while: the color of soil, trees on the horizon, grass everywhere, and shapes of cloud above. Over time you lose the 'definition' of it and it gets vague and vaguer over the years in your mind. When you try to access the scene much later, it's not these minute details that are held in the memory but just a hazy painting of it. A dream of a far place in the past.

Somewhere I read whenever we try to remember a thing we are actually accessing the last time we thought about it and continuous erosion of the details that happens hence. Maybe such is the nature of memory.

To me, this works as a reminder of when I saw blackbucks in grasslands for the first time on a winter morning more than a decade ago. I don't remember how many of them were there and the species of trees anymore. It's a dreamland in my mind and this image because of its lack of definition in elements but also through its atmospheric feel transports me back quickly there, maybe more richly and effectively than a picture of proper resolution that I have taken that day.

Thanks for sharing.

Vageesha A R

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Commentby Adithya Biloor on Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:54 pm

A very "not Raj like" image with muted tones and less contrast :)

Very insightful thoughts Vageesha. When I started reading the first paragraph I remembered reading about how we dig memory and you have written about it in very next paragraph.

Sometimes I hesitate to visit the photographs I made in distant places fearing the photographs may become my memories in future replacing the hazy pictures I have in my mind. Photographs slowly erode the actual memory and become the new memory .

Adithya Biloor

Commentby Rajkumar on Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:29 am

@Vageesha - A nice context ... benefits of no title :) ...I also get this nice feeling that this image is as much yours as mine now.....

@ Adithya Correct observation. This is thanks to Ganesh. I did a review of a set of prints with him. He made an observation that I am leaning far too "left" all the time that I should experiment on the "right" also... :lol:

Art is about what is inside rather than what is outside

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Commentby Prashanth Sampagar on Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:21 am

Love the mood of the image, Raj! Like the soft portrayal of the landscape. Probably the temptation would’ve been to exclude the single deer for the balance of the image, but I’m happy that you’ve included it. It gives an impression that there are few more deers entering the frame.
@Vageesha, loved your interpretation.


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