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Shanavas PN

Shanavas PN

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I am a photographer based in Bangalore, India. My photography is about exploring life. And it is indeed difficult to classify one’s style into silos when it is all about life. When I travel, walk about, read a book or watch a movie, compositions and frames flash before me. I believe that our everyday life is a series of frames stitched together by the thread of time; some mundane, some interesting and some rather extraordinary. I am passionate about people photography – everyone has a story that is untold and submerged by the daily struggle for existence. Tradition, culture and communities fascinate me. My travel to unexplored corners of the earth captures the pure intensity of nature and how it influences the life of the local people. Out there on the streets and in public places, it is about capturing those instant possibilities thrown up by a combination of chance, an inquisitive mind and a camera at hand. Chance, mind, and camera – well, that defines my take on photography.

Pangong Lake, Ladakh, India

Published May 3rd, 2012

THOUGHTFUL REFLECTIONS

Despite its brackish water quality, Pangong Tso has a jewel like gleam. It may lie still and quiet. But as the sun advances in the sky, with subtle alteration in tone, nuanced colour, these waters display an artistry that is brilliant. It is a masterpiece that is symbolic of Ladakh.

Best described in conflicting phrases, Ladakh is bleak, with its unyielding terrain, but it is also hauntingly beautiful. With a biting wintry cold that seeps into your bones yet warms you with its familiarity. Yes, this may be a harsh and unforgiving land but it is also a place peopled by gentle folk, where miles and miles of silent spaces resound with the peace of an ancient religion.

Ladakh is awash with Buddhism and all of its symbols. Rhythmic chants, the enchanting tinkle of bells, ochre robes and isolated monasteries. A region rooted in the past and in the teachings of The Awakened One. When Buddha said ’Quieten your mind, reflect, watch’, he could have been referring to a p ...

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