Every year, Jindal Photo Ltd. sponsors the Fujifilm Super-Six photo exhibition and chooses six eminent photographers to showcase their work on a specific topic. This year, the photo exhibition takes a look at a series of wildlife images by six well-known photographers. Apart from being a showcase for fine photography, this year, the exhibition also takes a look at wildlife conservationism. The shots of exotic animals, from beetles to tigers to birds, make strong statements about the threat of extinction and the need for awareness of wildlife preservation. Gul H. Gulrajani, one of the participating photographers, says that in order to shoot the animals, photographers often have to silently approach the subject wearing dark clothes. They have to travel in a four-wheeled vehicle that can get them quickly away if they are shooting big game, such as tigers and elephants. The other five participating photographers are Saravana Kumar, Ramnath Chandrasekhar, Hira Punjabi, Sanat Shodhan, and S.K. Tiwari. Twelve photographs will be presented on the Fuji 2008 calendar.
Down the road, another exhibition presents a look at the works of an artist, through a series of abstract images detailing the process of art making. Vijai Patchineelam, a Brazilian-born painter and photographer, will be presenting his first show in India at the Bombay Art Gallery. The series, he says, came to him as an idea while he was painting with objects. He was photographing the process of art making and realized the photographs had the potential to stand as works on their own. His work looks at “the actual physical aspect, the working, the sweating—that’s very important to me,” say Patchineelam. “I wanted to show the raw process of the work.” In his Frame series, he hoped to emulate a painting by throwing an object against a framed white stage and photographing the movement. The object in motion mirrors brush strokes.
(Fujifilm Super Six 2008 Photo Exhibition will be on till 31 January at the Piramal Art Gallery, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai. The photographs are not for sale. Vijai Patchineelam’s exhibit will be on till 31 January at the Bombay Art Gallery, 19, Mount Pleasant Road, Malabar Hill, Mumbai. Diptychs cost around Rs25,000.