What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. — Karl Lagerfeld.
The first thing you notice when you meet Anil Anniah is that innocent, welcoming and infectious smile of his. Hidden behind that is a multi-talented soft spoken man, who has been churning out some wonderful videos in a corporate setup. Also, there is an art photographer within him which makes him feel alive and kicking. His photographs are more artwork than photographs, given the sense of abstraction he creates with every photograph. His exhibition at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath on April 22 (Earth Day) was an ode to nature, and the environment we live in and around. Anil has been exhibiting his photographic prints in prestigious galleries like Gallery Time and Space.
“Simple Perceptions— Nature is Art for Conservation” with “Discovering Science Through The Lens” was part of the 4th Art for Climate & Citizen Science Photography exhibition in the city.
Anil Annaiah’s works narrated a story with images, of similarities & contrasts featuring the wonderful “City in a Garden” Singapore with its super trees. He also showcased earlier collections from the beautiful “Garden City” Bengaluru, along with other habitats across Karnataka & Goa — leading the way into the future to shaping gardens to help us live in a better world and environment.
“Nature is Art for Conservation” fine art photography collection showcased many graphic impressions in vibrant colour forms.
This year’s exhibition theme encouraged viewers to start a conversation about the role of urban green in the cities we live in. The art movement for climate action continued its efforts to engage people and inspire them to take a new life pledge for conservation of Biodiversity as Citizen Scientists. Some of the most captivating photographs from the show were an impressionist’s angle of flamingoes and abstraction shown in his capturing of flowers. All of which combined to make an intriguing art show.
Anil Anniah reveals, “The exhibition was aimed at depicting how photography can be innovated artistically. With limited tools and conventional photography you can still innovate. “City in a Garden” was a very important initiative with the intrigue it created. I am focusing on gardens now and intend to juxtapose creativity with artistic excellence.” Anil Anniah is a living example that photographs are not just confined to the camera. They are beyond that and the possibilities are endless. The art show concluded last week.
— The writer is an art expert and curator.