A Physics graduate, Pon Prabhakaran took to images in 2012 and received the Better Photography magazine’s Wedding Photographer of the Year award 2018.
Against a wall speckled with light spots, a newly married couple, nonetheless carrying their garlands, stand to deal with each different, their faces mixing in with the shadows. This picture, a marriage portrait, is in monochrome.
In every other, the couple is visible seated inside the eating hall, the metal tables in a disarray at the back of them – an image that became taken at a moment while no one turned into equipped for the digicam. A procession of ladies wearing trays of the end result, flowers, and garments on their head and a picture of a wall bearing a few circles of relatives photo frames and garlands, old and new, hung on either side.
In stark assessment to the regular trope of wedding ceremony pics aplenty on social media, photographer Pon Prabakaran’s body of work reminds us of less difficult times, with now not one self-aware detail in the body.
While Prabakaran himself shies faraway from the spotlight, his pics don’t. These images shot at a marriage in Musiri in Tiruchirappalli district, gained him Better Photography mag’s Wedding Photographer of the Year award under the ‘Photo series on an unmarried wedding’ class for the year 2018.
A Physics graduate, Pon Prabakaran did no longer intend to select up the digital camera to start with. But while he eventually did, in 2012, indistinct recollections of his father, also a photographer whom he lost at a young age of 10, made photography look like an old acquaintance.
He speaks of more difficult times in passing and shares with TNM his admiration for his mother, who labored 12 hours a day to place meals at the table. “We also had type humans around, my father’s buddies, who helped us get by means of,” the stocks.
When Prabakaran shared the information of his award on Facebook, he did so with a small anecdote. “Appa used to take loads of snapshots at domestic from the remaining movies in a roll after the shoot. A blue striped curtain, that’s a partition between our residing room and the kitchen, changed into the backdrop for a maximum of the snapshots. The domestic, where we lived for extra than 24 years, has seen my father turning into a photographer after jogging a petty kadai for few years, at the same time as I labored (learned) in a studio near home and took it as a profession. After dropping Appa, Amma confronted plenty of hardships even as elevating me and my sister and trusting in me to take photography as a profession turned into simply a hard decision to make. Hope I made her proud and satisfied,” he wrote.