February 28, 2017

Life is full of brilliant moments waiting to be captured; and sometimes, it takes a photographer to recognise it and immortalise it for the world to see.

For photographer Vivek Mathew, travelling the world and experiencing the essence of life through the lens of his camera is what might seem his sacred calling. Having held four solo exhibitions in the past, Mathew now returns to Bangalore for his fifth edition, titled ‘Yesterday Once More'.

Drawn by a long-standing love of architecture and the silent stories they tell of eras gone by, Mathew uses his camera to tell these unseen, unwritten narratives. So, what's the subject of his latest series of photographs? In a word - windows.

Discovering these treasures along the main streets and little alleys of Cambodia, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Dubai, Mysore, Singapore, Penang, Cochin, Kumarakom and our very own Bangalore, ‘Yesterday Once More' is a tale of whispers behind the closed windows of homes and public buildings, waiting to be told. This new edition is effectively a continuation of one of Mathew's earlier series on walls - ‘Canvas Wall' from 2011.

Vivek Mathew - the man behind the magic


Talking about this series and how it ties into his passion for architecture, Mathew said: “I love architecture and designs, especially of old heritage buildings. I am inspired by different architects and love to see different buildings of the past. Its helps me to go back and communicate that through my images as a storyteller. I decided to focus on windows since I found it interesting; there are different designs around the world, which made it interesting to work on. There is a lot of history with each window - it takes you back to that era of time. I like how this series has come together, after working on it for three years."

After a preview of the series on March 4 with Chief Guest Natarajan Viswanathan, CEO, Paramarth Consulting, the exhibition will be open to the public from March 5-13 at the Venkatappa Art Gallery on Kasturba Road, with a limited edition of prints available.

When asked about what he hopes visitors will take away from his photographs, Mathew said: “I believe my photographs should speak for itself. I like the viewer to interpret the picture the way they want to; that's what I like to do. Photographs are a communication tool to the world; that's the magic of this medium."

About Vivek Mathew:

A product of Asia's top notch institution – The Light and Life Academy, Ooty – Vivek Mathew has breathed life into fine art, architecture, travel, nature, people and interiors through his photography. His work has been featured in prestigious publications like The Times Journal of Photography, Time Out, Design Today, Better Interiors, National Geographic Traveller India and Forbes India, and two coffee table books - The Laidlaw Memorial High School, Ketti, Nilgris and Best of Bangalore Innovation Edition (published by Raintree Media).

Text by Rachel George