Vivek Mathew captures sights of old Bengaluru through his new photography exhibition
Cities are always evolving and in the process, they seem to be losing native elements of the cityscape. For example in Bengaluru, the monkey tops on windows in the Cantonment area are almost a thing of the past. Photographer Vivek Mathew, who grew up in this part of Bengaluru, has attempted to capture remaining elements of old Bangalore, through his new exhibition Bygone Vignettes, which opens this evening.
“I grew up here and I have observed all these heritage places and old homes change, especially in places like Frazer Town. I love to look into details and decided to capture the nostalgia,” says the photographer who presents a selection of 27 images.
Some of his subjects include pushcarts, store shutters, doors, abandoned cars, stairways and the intricate wood work of British-era buildings. When asked which is his favourite picture from the series, Vivek says, “The old, rusted Fiat car abandoned in a street near Ulsoor Market. This picture takes me back to my childhood.”
In addition to exploring old homes and buildings, the photographer also has images from City Market, Bamboo Bazaar, Chickpet and other old markets.
Entry free. February 10, 11 am. At Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road