Reflections of Work and Worship

Photographer Ashok Kandimalla excels in capturing and accentuating the aesthetic charm of the work places

Published: 17th September 2015 03:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2015 03:52 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The works by photographer Ashok Kandimalla inspire the viewers to enter a trance which is apparently contemplative and deep in spirit and strength. The visuals captured by him open a huge doorway that unveils a wide array of ignored sections from our surroundings. These nooks and corners are those that we often forget to notice as we tread through the mundane life with preoccupied and ever so busy schedules.

In the present series of photographs on display at Goethe Zentrum, Ashok focuses his camera into the busy and laborious yet iridescently hued, varied work places. The series of photographs titled, ‘Monday Morning Hues’ reinstates the eclectic essence and variation of work that people do to make a living. The kind of jobs that they do day in and day out to make ends meet probably deserves more recognition and appreciation than our busy lifestyles allow us to do.


The anonymity of these small trade owners, workers, in factories, workshops and vendors, suddenly gets described into faces and entities, as real people who are shown deeply engrossed in their work. The deep involvement of people in their tasks often reflects  and reminds one of the acts of worshipping .The compositions imbibe into themselves a strong allegorical aspect. The unpretentious stances and attitudes of people, the natural and casual inclusion of the objects and things used by them as they perform their work, grants the photographs an essence and spark of liveliness.

Colour plays an important aspect in the photographs. The effervescent hues, colour intensities, gradations and play of light together contribute to make each photograph a complete and crisp dialogue. The photographer excels in capturing and accentuating the aesthetic charm of the work places. His appreciation for these people gets expressed in the manner in which he lets them completely reign over the photographs clicked by him. There is an undertone of respect that gets exemplified through his works.

The unknown faces of people suddenly look familiar as we explore them along with their work places. These are a group of people that make our life easy, by doing the work that they are doing. In a way or the other they help us in our chores, by ironing clothes, making huge flower garlands, repairing vehicles and on and on.

The photos will be displayed at Goethe Zentrum till September 28.

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