Anil T Prabhakar

Starting his photographic sojourn as a photojournalist, Anil T Prabhakar moved to other genres of the artform soon with elan. A firm believer that it is the person behind the camera who creates the images, he attributes both success and failure to the doer rather than to his tool.

A self taught photographer, Anil landed a job in the Indonesian Mining Industry and continued to do serious photography. His job which required him to travel extensively allowed him to visit far reaches of the Indonesian Archipelago and other South East Asian countries. One is not sure, but it could have been the vastness of the Indonesian landscape that might have spurred him to shoot landscapes extensively in his early years.

His attempts at painting using oil paints, acrylic and pencil right from his school days were very fruitful and numerous awards and mentions were won by his works. The rigorous practice inculcated in him a strong aesthetic sense of composition which would strongly manifest itself in his later landscape photographs.

Working exclusively in the digital format, his skill in photography and the post processing that his files would require were completely self taught from the lessons he could garner from the internet and other photography journals.

One thing that had Anil going was a relentless desire to capture the essence of the life around him and the emotions that he saw in the people of the countries he visited. The urge to go beyond the act of merely recording with his camera made him develop a signature manner of shooting which would capture the soul of the region and its people. The camera, for him is not a device to record, but a tool which he puts to judicious use and creates works of art.

It would not seem a wonder that Anil lapsed into visual art when we get to know the town from which he hails. Ponnani, a small town in the Malabar region of Kerala had already given the world three of India's most original and versatile painters. K.C.S.Panikkar, T.K.Padmini and that great illustrator K.M.Vasudevan Namboodiri.

Inherently beautiful, Ponnani might have instilled in Anil his fascination with landscapes. He hopes to work on a photobook on his home town after returning to India after his official duties have been fully discharged.

His work has been published in numerous magazines and journals. One of them, about the fascination that Mount Bromo unfailingly seems to afford him was very well received and would prove to be the catalyst that truly ignited his urge to write about it on a larger perspective.

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