Photographer Arjun Kamath’s latest photo story centres around anxiety

A second of reflection amid a sea of chaos: the lone faculty boy sporting a contact of make-up is caught in the midst of boisterous ridicule by his mates; a homemaker finds herself in a numbing circle of endless chores. Bengaluru-based photographer Arjun Kamath’s latest photo story captures the totally different faces of anxiety by rigorously crafted, sombre photographs. Titled The Anxiety Series, the central characters in every body are personifications of psychological sicknesses that largely lie latent and undiscussed.

Take for example, this explicit body: a violent scene reveals an outdated man being forcefully carried away by a bunch of individuals sporting orange blobs for heads, to the backdrop of fireside burning within the distance. Though open to a number of interpretations, this body may very well be a pictorial illustration of anxiety assaults as usually, they strike with out warning. For some folks, the expertise is all-consuming, like hearth.

One of the pictures from the collection  
| Photo Credit:
Arjun Kamath

Such correlations are what Arjun needs to evoke from the viewers, by this collection. The restricted dialog about psychological well being and the callous dismissal of it, as purely a “first world problem”, are what led him to this challenge. Though it was conceptualised in late 2019, it will get renewed that means amid COVID-19, for the reason that pandemic’s toll on folks’s psychological well being has been recognised as vital.

Arjun’s trials with photo tales started as early as 2012. “The stories that I like to tell are the ones that make people take note of a possible issue,” says Arjun, whose photo story titled Coming Out, centred around a gay relationship and starring actor Shraddha Srinath, went viral and was featured by the United Nations. A collection on feminine infanticide adopted, primarily based on the tales he heard from his mom, who’s a gynaecologist.

One of the photographs from The Anxiety Series

One of the pictures from The Anxiety Series
| Photo Credit:
Arjun Kamath

The thought for The Anxiety Series took form when Arjun had taken a break from work, and felt himself being triggered by even small incidents. “Every little thing started bothering me. After doing a bit of research, I started thinking of how someone with anxiety disorders would feel in such situations, if I had felt this way without any major triggers,” says Arjun. This helped him relate.

Telling photographs

He additionally realised that the pictures that seize this side of psychological sickness, usually focus on it by a Western lens. “I wanted to talk about the people who are seen around me, those I grew up with,” says the photographer. Each of the frames is paired with a poem, additionally written by Arjun.

One of the challenges he confronted was to painting anxiety as an inside expertise. An individual grappling with anxiety would possibly sport a contented manner: the frames have been constructed maintaining in thoughts the subtlety of the expertise. Under the purview of anxiety, Arjun discusses types of the sickness that he has seen up shut.

Bengaluru photographer Arjun Kamath

Elements from private observations and tales are an important a part of these frames. “Every character was talked about and discussed extensively,” says Arjun, including that each shot reveals a unique world and therefore there was no single, overarching color palette. His crew consists of Wardha Ahamed(Styling/Costumes); Pragna Krishna, Priyanka R Okay, Sharanya Uday (Makeup and Hair); Studio Slip (Production Design), Vinit Dodamani (Assistant Director) and Suhail (Casting).

About his future plans with this challenge, Arjun says, “I am planning to make a video of the series with the voiceover of the poem. Even if one person feels a sense of consolation after looking through this work, it would be worth it.”

The Anxiety Series might be seen on Instagram at @arjunkamath87 or at

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