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Dance of the river

Published Dec 16, 2013, 6:01 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 12:33 am IST
Janardhan Koremulla’s photography exhibition, showcases the various moods and colours of one of nature’s most precious life forces

Water captured in a myriad of shapes and colours and the first time one looks at the photographs, it is almost natural to mistake them for paintings; where water currents in place of brush strokes, radiate from a photographer’s canvas.

Artist Janardhan Koremulla has been an advertising and industrial photographer for close to three decades. He also has been dabbling in non-commercial photography, clicking dancers and musicians during performances. And his first solo show, Energy in Motion:Water grew from a trip to Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, where he was fascinated by the gushes of the river which played with night light, as it first entered the plains.


“I spend the first three days just clicking the mela. On the fourth day, I was shooting from a vantage point, when I realised there was some drama in the movement of water. And that’s when it all began,” says Janardhan who was the first person in the state to procure a Sinar Camera.

“While in most cameras you have to sacrifice the sharpness of the image to get speed, in Sinar you can move the entire lens, without moving the camera body to get the required sharpness.”

Then why did the artist settle for a regular DSLR for his Kumbh expedition?


“On this specific trip, I did not care for having a lot of sharpness in my images, I had no specific limitations I had the complete freedom to shoot. And that’s why just a DSLR sufficed.”

Janardhan will be soon moving his exhibition to the Salar Jung museum and start working on a day series with water. “I feel that people shouldn’t just see your photographs; they should connect with it as well,” he says.