It’s in Asking Why

 
K Madhavan Pillai

K Madhavan Pillai

The Japan section of the Dubai Photo Exhibition, organised during the Hamdan International Photography Awards, almost moved me to tears—a very rare occurrence. The images were not particularly sad or joyous. But they celebrated life with honesty, despite the photographers’ vision coming through. How many times have I seen ‘deeply personal’ works that reek of pretense, make no statement, or are poorly edited, where the medium and the message are not correlated and hold no significance?

I met Takashi Arai as I was going around the exhibition. He was standing quietly in one corner of the gallery. As he explained his process, I had made a mental note to visit the Japanese section again. This time, by myself.

Shown above are the artist quotes printed at the entrance of the Japan section of the gallery at the Dubai Photo Exhibition.

Shown above are the artist quotes printed at the entrance of the Japan section of the gallery at the Dubai Photo Exhibition.

With photography, as with every form of art, as with life itself, it all comes down to two basic things—the question why, and the mastery of technique. The first calls for introspection, the second calls for practice. But given the right reasons, the medium and technique come with it.

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