Phantasmagoric images in monochrome

Last Updated 13 February 2013, 16:33 IST

A boy swinging on a sea at dusk, a hand retaining water in a cosmic whirlpool, shadow of birds on ceiling, a man atop a historical monument, all these images defy cosmogeny (branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe) at the ongoing exhibition Quintessence by French photographer Michel Kirch.

The 13 images displayed, show the artist dealing with lightening between reality and dream through his black and white shots. These provide the viewer with a surreal visual experience.
Displayed along with artistic works of Dominique Paulin, Michel’s work both confuse and attract the viewers with its finesse and intriguing appeal.

Michel started his career studying medicine. His vocation as a photographer was born out of his confrontation with the mountains at the Chamonix school. He uses photography, composition and digital alteration to reinvent the world as we know it.

Everything in his visionary art is at once familiar and strange with each image stimulating the viewer to dream, think and meditate.

The displayed works include the full real photographic ingredient necessary and sufficient in the art of composition.

Natural catastrophes, global warming, uncertainty nourish his works created from satellite images. His works use art as a means of exploration of these phenomena and of life on planet earth.
The exhibition is on display till February 21 at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre.

(Published 13 February 2013, 16:33 IST)

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