Debris of the Night at Shunno

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 09,2019


Photographs by Fahad Al Alam.

Photographer Fahad Al Alam is displaying photographs portraying the difference between urban and rural life with the effect of light and shadow in his 3rd solo show under way at Shunno Art Space in Lalamatia in the capital. The exhibition began on July 19.

The 3-week-long exhibition titled ‘Debris of the Night’ is featuring a total of 35 photographs which has been captured through a span of five years.

Besides photographs, the exhibition also features artist talk, open studio sessions, musical performances and portrait sessions.

‘I hope to focus on my journey as a self-taught photographer and I have a passion for vintage, out dated, analogue cameras and films. I have captured the photographs in various locations like my birthplace Nogaon, Dhaka along with the adjacent places to the city and Malaysia. I want to explore impressions of my surroundings through frame,’ Fahad Al Alam told New Age.

‘I work with expired, fungus-infested, hand-rolled and treated films; and use old, second-hand, collected cameras to create my images. The hand-developed and manipulated images which I hence produce often appear ‘damaged’ or ‘washed out’, to reflect the passage of time and the decay of the machineries that are designed to preserve our memories,’ he added.

Photographs by Fahad Al Alam.

The photographer has used old cameras like the 19th century Large Format 4/5, Nikon 35 mm SlR (1967), HOLGA RON from the 1980s and others.

A photograph titled ‘Mountain of Clouds Disappeared’ shows a large sky and below it are clouds floating away.

Titled ‘Silent Trees and Mist’, the photo has floating tree leafs and in the background lies a large sky which is covered by six moons.

An untitled photograph features an open huge sky on top while the lower part has high rise buildings filled with city lights, a representation of urban life.

Another untitled photograph shows a girl holding a tree in a deep jungle and the rays of the sun causing a sharp shadow.

A photograph titled ‘Sea Beach’ exposes natural beauty with tourists walking at the sea bank.

Freelance photographer Fahad Al Alam started his journey in 2010. His 1st solo exhibition took place at Leela in Banani in 2016 and his 2nd exhibition was held at Jatra Birati in Banani in 2018.

The exhibition will end on August 10.

Shunno Art Space is an artist- owned organisation dedicated to the preferment of national and international interdisciplinary artists. Shunno caters for anyone with an interest in printmaking, from the beginner to the professional artist.

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