This exhibition in Chennai shows photos of men who have naturally received a six-pack
CHENNAI: Most of us hit the nearby gym to work off the flab we accumulate while
working at our day jobs in offices. But people who really have to
use their bodies to work an earn a living -- tree climbers, masons,
farmers -- often get sculpted figures without even seeking
perfection. These people are the subject of C P Satyajit’s photo
exhibition, ‘Heavenly Bodies’, which will be inaugurated at The
[email protected] Centre here at 6.30pm on January 17.
“I was looking out for people who have amazing bodies which they got naturally, without going to the gym,” says Satyajit, who is also an Indian classical dancer and choreographer. He travelled across Tamil Nadu to shoot the photos. “The series has about 35 photos but it is still a work in progress,” he says, adding that wherever he travels, it will be a subject that he will invariably end up exploring.
“For me, it connects to a lifestyle change that is required today. Most of us just sit behind our desks and work, without engaging with our bodies or the outdoors. And then we go to an isolated place like the gym to work out,” says Satyajit.
“It is a paradox that at one level we want to look like all the film stars, and there is a great emphasis on the body and looking a certain way. But when you see the people who do have these bodies, there is no respect for the labour they do.”
The photos were exhibited during the 2016 Chennai photo biennale. “But I wanted more people to see it, there is a certain rawness to it,” says Satyajit.
The exhibition will be open till January 30.