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Photographer, Madhavan Palanisamy:

The Photographer: Madhavan Palanisamy spent about ten years in advertising before finding his true calling while looking through a viewfinder. He is from a small town called Coimbatore in India and is now based out of Chennai. Initially, he thought of pursuing medicine and enhancing his knowledge by getting into research, but he always wanted to be a part of the creative sphere. The creative bug bit him when he was a kid when he gained access to international magazines, movies and comics. Majorly his cinematic imagery picked up influence from there. He enrolled himself in a Bio-Chemistry class and by the second year was out and about attending literary events and film festivals, trying his hand at art and design. Advertising also helped him gain a lot of exposure and briefly acquainted him with photographers and filmmakers. Powerful imagery by photographers like Nadav Kander, Prabuddha Das Gupta and Bharat Sikka among others inspired him and a couple years later, in 2009, he entirely shifted his focus to photography.

The Work: Madhavan’s style of photography is a combination of editorial and fine art; he is always trying to create a fantastical world through his pictures, interpreting the strange beauty that surrounds us. Through his pictures he wants to reflect a sense of wonder. The pictures assure you of a child-like fantasy wonder, which still prevails if you choose to see it. His photo series, Sid’s World is a project inspired by his son’s superhero toys who was a huge source of inspiration and love. The pictures enlighten a sense of innocence and playfulness. Apart from his personal projects, Madhavan has dabbled in commercial photo projects, advertising films, short movies and has a shot a couple fashion stories for lookbooks.

The Inspiration: ‘My inspiration is deeply rooted in magic realism and free flowing kind of stories that I grew up reading, and all these movies I used to watch when I was a kid. For Sid’s World, the inspiration came from my son. I wanted to stage the innocence I saw in him when he played with his toys. It was a recreational process of that lovely emotion.’

For Madhavan's other photo projects, click here.

 

Text Hansika Lohani

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