Near the River’s Edge – Kerala
This photograph forms part of a series of 69 photographs by Waswo X Waswo, titled India Poems. Including portraits, landscapes, everyday scenes and found objects, India Poems presents a sepia-toned world that deliberately chooses to ignore the intrusions of the contemporary globalised moment through its carefully built classical pictorialist compositions.
In the artist’s own words, “[These photographs] represent the visual equivalent of short, lyrical poems. They are the poetry of everyday life, the poetry of faces and hands, the poetry of time-worn stone and wood, the poetry of silver rivers and spreading trees. In them, and through them, I have tried to focus on the poetry that we are somehow losing in our money-oriented, fast-paced, and all too contemporary world. This poetry is also a poetry of light and shade, a poetry of texture and line. It is a poetry of slowness as opposed to speed, and a poetry of contemplation as opposed to quick judgment.”