The Appa Series (III)

The best photograph I have ever clicked must be the one I snapped just after scattering my father’s bones in a river in Kerala. I was struck by how white the bones were, even after being burned and what not. Even though I found the whole experience of the rite immensely sad, I also found it beautiful in ways I cannot fully explain. I had to capture that moment, and the only device I had on me was an old Nokia cell phone. Just as well.

Just yesterday, I chanced upon the photograph and, again, was taken with its poignancy.

Using just that photograph (superimposing its mirror image on itself, having multiple copies of it laid over each other at different angles, inverting and changing the colors, etc.), I created these images on Photoshop.

5 thoughts on “The Appa Series (III)”

  1. Hi
    I just wanted to say that I had almost given up the hope of actually seeing work that comes from the heart and then I stumbled upon your blog. And even though I dont know you I can feel this golden light radiating through you and far across the land that sets you apart from those who shy away from their feelings and everything that comes from within…
    I’m sorry if this if super random, but I’m at this crossroad where I dont what I want to do (even after taking a break year after my 12th) and everything seems awfully distant. And your work ( writing, illustrations, photography- all of it) gives some respite.
    So thank you.

    Very seriously,

    “Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

    Make good art.”
    – Neil Gaiman

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