nostalgia ~ Chiselled with Light!

nostalgia ~ Chiselled with Light!

Photography is all about light. Being a nature / landscape photographer, Swamy rarely takes portraits of fellow humans (unlike his younger brother in this pic – on the right – who is passionately into Portrait photography). But during the learning years, like any keen learner, he would hardly miss an opportunity to frame any subject, Chiselled with Light. 

The two cute kids in the pic are Swamy‘s younger brothers Bhaskar (#5, an eligible bachelor) & Prasanna (#4, the pro Portrait photog of Pracha Studios). They’re naturally lit by the evening sunlight, flowing through the twin windows in the hall (at the home where Swamy lived during his graduation & early work years).

Though the brothers obviously enjoyed getting photographed by their big brother (Swamy is the eldest of 5 brothers), they must’ve really been wondering as to why they’re looking away from the camera instead of looking at it!

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy


nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series, for old time(r)s’ sake 

ThAththA & the Cycle!

Nostalgia ~ ThAththA & the Cycle! 

The sagely elder in the pic is Swamy’s paternal ThAththA (தாத்தா ~ grandfather in Tamil, Swamy’s mother tongue) Thiru. T.R. Muthuswamy Iyer. He was retired (as Mathematics teacher & probably Headmaster as well) even when Swamy just started his schooling (check out that young Swamy here). Obviously very proud of his eldest grandson, grampa used to walk him to school daily and said to be very proud of his academic accomplishments. True to the gene, Swamy did very well in Maths (how ’bout a centum in X standard, eh)!

Grampa was a ferocious walker and would cover humongous distances by foot – bare, probably – on a daily basis. He was so fast while walking, it’ll be hard for even those half his age to catch up. When Swamy started traversing by foot & cycle, he was astonished by how far grampa used to walk. But Swamy has never seen him ride a bicycle.

The place where Grampa is meditatively seated – pretty much all day – is known as ThiNNai (திண்ணை – verandah). He has suffered from arthritis (the grape coloured Ksheerabala tablets he took still linger in the dusty shelves of memory) and eventually his walking got reduced to just moving around the house. His visual apparatus too became dim but his aural ones were as sharp as ever. So, he would always love to hear what his grandsons (5 of them in all, starting with Swamy) were up to, whenever they cared to spend some time with him, in his permanent seat of contemplation (and probably meditation, though he didn’t come across as someone spiritually inclined).

The seated man known for his fast walking and the bicycle that’s any middle class person’s choice for fast riding (we’re talking days of Solidaire B&W TV & the Murphy radio here)… Both remaining still and somehow connected looks not only poignant, but even poetic. The lighting makes it a surreal sliver of frozen time. 

May be, the title should’ve been “Old Man and the Cycle!” But that sounds too American & very disrespectful in the elder-respecting Indian context. They don’t make ThAththAs like him anymore. Damn, for that matter, not even cycles like that anymore (remember Hercules)!

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy


nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series, for old time(r)s’ sake 

Nostalgia ~ Studio Portraits in the ’70s

Everybody’s a photog today. Even if they don’t have a sophisticated DSLR or compact camera, they’re always armed with the ubiquitous Smartphone, which lets them shoot for (& share… like crazy) Warhol’s Millennial version of fame – 15 seconds! 

But there used to be a time, when families went to studios, to get memorable portraits of individuals & families made (the rich got the studio to visit their home – they probably still do), which will invariably be framed like this one & preserved for generations. 

The immortal souls in this pic, taken most probably in the small South Indian town of Dindigul, in the ’70s, are Swamy aka @PrakashSwamy & his bro #2 (of 5) Ravi Ramaswamy, who is two years younger. Swamy Sr. might even recall the name of the studio & the photog, when he sees this wonderfully lit pic, though Swamy’s pro photog bro Prasanna Ramaswamy of Pracha Studios (#4 of 5) may’ve an opinion or two about the composition. 

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series, for old time(r)s’ sake 

Nostalgia! ~ Pixseries, for old time(r)s’ sake

“Nostalgia” 💭 ~ a new pixseries, looking back into enchanting slivers of time, through the Swamygraphy lens 📷 (did ya know Swamy used to be a serious amateur, who spent a fortune 💸on photography equipment 📸📹🎞 & even got fab ratings online👍, in the film SLR era👻, when platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, et al didn’t even exist 🤗 & even Google was relatively unknown as Yahoo was the King🔱) – not for reliving the past 📟📻📺(which is like willingly adding to the already humongous pile of karmA😒) but to let go of the long gone, yet still cherished, past, 👋 once & for all (umm.. twice, may be 😜)
~Swamy 

@PrakashSwamy