Confluence’, a collection of 325 photographs, organised by the Photographic Society of Madras (PSM), on view till June 5, brings together diverse genres and the work of both amateurs and professionals. “The idea of the exhibition is to popularise photography. Our photographers put together the exhibition as they wanted to give something back to the art that has sustained them,” says Thomas T Abraham, President of PSM.
PSM, established in 1857, has been at the forefront, organising programmes almost every week all through the year. These include photo-walks, photo-tours, classes, workshops, theme-based member competitions and exhibitions. Some members of PSM, who are professional photographers willingly give tips and help shape amateurs’ careers. These events usually attract a huge crowd of eager learners who get to interact with the photographers themselves. PSM provides opportunity for learning, exchange of ideas, travelling and exploring. “To gain expertise in photography, one should print one’s pictures because only print will bring out the errors,” says S Vivekanand, secretary, PSM.
“Exhibiting with great photographers gives me good exposure and learning,” says Smita Joshi, an upcoming photographer. “I don’t have a genre, I take pictures of anything that is pleasing to the eyes,” says Balasubramanian, a former investment banker and a budding photographer.