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Veeresh BabuThe camera as a 'tool', came to be used about 160 years ago and has evolved greatly from being used for the purpose of mere recording of images of people, events and places, to being a medium for artists to express their creative urges.
In India, the names that come to mind include Raghu Rai, T S Satyan, Jyothi Bhatt and the late Raghubir Singh. Among the photographers of Andhra Pradesh,
Mr R Veeresh Babu
is Blessed with an eyean extremely talented amateur photographer blessed with an eye to create. He has been highly successful in achieving through his camera what an artist achieves with a brush. Veeresh Babu, who is a Postal Assistant in the office of Chief Postmaster General, had from his childhood a keen interest in painting and it was only in 1986 that his passion took off.

Recently, his third solo exhibition titled 'Images of Hyderabad Clocks' was held at the ICCR Art Gallery. The exhibition attracted huge crowds of admirers and enthusiasts from all walks of life. The images cast a magical aura around the disappearing architectural grandeur of Hyderabad. Veeresh's fascination for clocks can be seen in the images of clocks in Palaces, Railway Stations, Hospitals, Police Stations, markets, the Charminar, etc. He began to juxtapose these clocks with his own personal feelings in his daily life, which led to a whole new set of images. He has depicted different emotions such as happiness, freedom, tension, curiosity, confusion, hope, fate and so on.

Thinking of the past, the present and the futureTalking about his fascination for the artistic and historical clocks in Hyderabad and their importance, he said, "Clocks represent time. Time is life and life is movement. Various monuments and historical sites in Hyderabad have clocks embedded on them. Many of them have stopped working. Clocks may stop, but the life around them never stops." The Clocks at the entrance of King Kothi Palace, St Joseph's Church, Nampally Railway Station, Ramgopalpet Police Station and Falaknuma Palace are some of the images captured elegantly.

Touching the skiesHis second solo exhibition 'Images of Jatara' 1999 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, proved his excellence in the field of Documentary Photography. His other works are the images of annual folk festival at the Aenole, Kurvi, Kothakonda and the biennial folk festival at Medaram in Warangal District (his native place). Reflecting on his exhibitions, he said, "These works signify the singular importance of the study of the social anthropology of the region, such as religious melas which are fast disappearing in India. The varied moods of people, their colourful costumes and jewellery and the ceremonies performed, have been catalogued with perfection". Veeresh Babu has received many awards. His happiest moment was when he received the Associateship of Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), England.

The clock images are thought provoking and is sure to be admired not only by art lovers and photography enthusiasts, but also by the common people who have an eye for beauty and who love their city and it's great heritage.


- K P Devadasan

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