It was in the year 2011, that he had his first encounter with a DSLR; he started learning to capture the fleeting moments and exactly after two and a half years of learning and bettering himself in the art of photography, Srijith Pagalavan took a step forward and turned his passion into business.
Srijith goes on to say, “It’s been almost seven years since I began this journey and photography has taught me the ins and outs of exposure and much more. I admire the photographers who are out in the world, using their talent to make a difference, capturing or creating images to show us what is happening on our planet. I am always in awe when I see the images in National Geographic magazine”.
Fashion for him was always ‘Love at First sight’. It was indeed a natural progression from beauty and hair, the feel, the energy and the mood that dwelled within the photographs. Also an image which creates a connection along with the composition, light, and mood is what makes it a great photograph.
In a world comprised of myths and beliefs, the photographer came out breaking the stereotypes of what a woman should be like – If art is a reflection of society’s morals and emphasis, even obliquely, then we have some important questions to ask.
Why do considerations of women focus on sexuality first and intellect second? Why don’t female artists tend to achieve the same successes as their male counterparts? If we acknowledge that, these and related issues may limit the potential of half of the world’s population, so what can we do about it?
Luckily for the present gen, some women are asking these questions through their work. If the male gaze has defined women in art throughout history, then perhaps we might consider the rising importance of the female gaze — that is, women seen through women’s eyes.
The idea of this photo series is that a picture reveals a collective story while every individual character is compelling, the power of a woman’s work becomes apparent when these characters are contextualized in the series. Whether she is a school going or a potential wife, each series explores complex ideas of place and status in contemporary society.
With an eye for the subtle language of skin and body, some of her images feel sexual in their intimacy, while others are so physically present that the subject jumps from the page. Her portraits seem to deal most deeply with the ideas of physical presence, proximity and the infinite expressiveness of the human body.
This sensibility is most apparent in the subjects, where that isolation subconsciously begs questions. This series captured a sense of pent-up energy and even adolescence in apparent adults that feels uniquely millennial.
They are meant to be intimate, heartfelt and even challenging, rejecting prettiness, opting rather for a contained turmoil. They’re cold yet intimate, sumptuous yet edged with brutality.