KOCHI: ‘Naam Kollunna Bhoomi’ is a photojournalist’s attempt to draw attention to the dying environment around us. And Razack Thazhathangadi’s photos caught in 35 mindblowing frames is doing exactly that. The exhibition which has been put up at the Ernakulam Press Club Gallery in Kochi comprises of photos taken over a time frame of three years.
Razack’s work takes us through three sections- one where he has vividly caught the activities of man and how they have been responsible for destroying nature, second where he teaches lessons on the need for awareness and the third on how to prevent such mishaps.
Students from 10 educational institutes have been invited to the exhibition which will conclude on Wednesday. The photographer says he hopes to spread the word among students. “The children should take initiatives to save farmlands, lakes and all nature friendly things from depletion. It is time we do something to ensure safe water for our next generation,” he added.
The dry state of the Bharathappuzha, Chimmini Dam, plastic deposits in water bodies speak volumes of man’s destruction of nature. The photographer has also managed to capture an abstract image which shows a hollow cavity formed due to over mining.
“The work is mostly art since his photos are abstract. They are very powerful too and I think we should stop digging borewells which is depleting our underground water resources. This exhibition has made me very conscious,” said Ravindran, a visitor.
Meanwhile, Razack believes that the message saving the Earth should not be reserved to World Environment Day alone. “It should be done on a daily basis. Our rivers are turning into septic tanks and we are not taking any action,” said Razak. Razack intends to take this exhibition to other parts of the state.
Razack has conducted three exhibitions so far, all on different themes. The first exhibition ‘Grama Kazhcha’ focused on the slowly dying practices in villages. The second exhibition was on women focusing on their empowerment. The third exhibition revolved around the life of Madhavikutty. He has also conducted exhibitions in foreign countries like Dubai, Sharjah, Qatar and many more.