View from a terrace: Chennai photographer documents life under lockdown


Her hair is splayed behind her as she rests on a pillow on the ground. A clothesline heaves with moist garments in a terrace topped by an overcast sky. She dries her hair by the table-fan, seated on the ground, sending tufts billowing behind like a cape. A mom and son are cleansing avarakkai collectively. A mom and daughter lounge on a mat on the terrace one night, as dried garments despatched astray by the wind float behind them. Wedding photographer Pon Prabakaran’s lockdown story from his Triplicane house is poetic by remaining austere.

The 29-year-old discovered himself caught indoors after a very long time because of the pandemic. “I am usually travelling on shoots, and my mother Chandra, who is a babysitter, is working all day. My sister goes to college,” he says. Suddenly, all three of them had been at dwelling collectively. The photographer that he’s, Prabakaran documented these out-of-the-ordinary days as pictures.

“I didn’t use my camera since I didn’t want my mother and sister to feel conscious,” he says. He used his cell phone digicam, and the outcomes are fascinating. Prabakaran lately shared them on his Facebook account.

View from a terrace: Chennai photographer documents life under lockdown

Apart from being a photographer’s tackle life under lockdown, the pictures additionally doc life in a typical Triplicane dwelling.

“Our house is on the busy Bells Road,” he says. But now, with visibly less-traffic, all he can hear is the occasional siren of the ambulance and morning and night prayers from a close by mosque. “For me, the lockdown has not been all that unbearable. We play cards and carrom at home, share everyday chores; in the evenings, we head to the terrace. We get a lot of sea breeze there; we sit down, chat, play another game of cards or Ludo…” It is all there in his pictures.

Pon Prabakaran

Prabakaran’s mom, nonetheless, was not all that pleased with a few of his pictures.

“She got me to take down some from Facebook,” he laughs. “My father was a photographer, and she is used to his style, in which we dressed up and posed for the camera.”

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