Photography show explores connection between man and nature

Cultural Correspondent
A display of Manir Mrittik’s photography show, Rapture of the Earth, at Bay’s Bellavista in Banani.

A display of Manir Mrittik’s photography show, Rapture of the Earth, at Bay’s Bellavista in Banani.

‘There is no real line that separates me from nature. Human beings were born from nature, are a part of nature and live in nature’ – with these lines, Manir Mrittik introduced his latest photography show that opened at Bay’s Bellavista on September 18.
The exhibition, fittingly titled Rapture of the Earth, explores the connection between man and nature and tries to put their correlation into a perspective.
There are three different series of artworks accommodating a total of 29 images. The images are noted both for their contents as well as the artist’s experimentations with the techniques of analog and digital photography, using what he called ‘darkroom studio print’ on photographic paper.
The combination, he said, can yield wonderful artistic results.
The three series on display are Raptures in Time and Space, Natural Vessels and The Small Differences.
In the eight photographs of Raptures in Time and Space series, Manir sought to trace the relationship of man with nature. All the photographs have tiny human figures placed between natural elements such as leaves or tree roots.
Manir has also taken characters from old master painters’ artworks and montaged them into a chosen landscape in an attempt to depict the ancient natural balance.
In the 13 photographs of Natural Vessels series, he has linked the human body to nature and natural elements. The images are in traditional white and black studio prints.
In the works under The Small Differences series, the artist has also worked with the technique of montage, showing, for example, a tiny man walking on tree roots, or sitting on a desk full of papers, or lying on a pebble.
In a nutshell, the photographs – while addressing a critical issue that human beings should not disturb the natural balance in the world – are also a pleasure to watch because of the efforts that have gone into making them.
The exhibition, Manir Mrittik’s third solo, will remain open for all until September 24.

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