In this virtual world where image consumption on the screen is the norm and many web-based platforms offer our eye the luxury to look at the work of talented photographers, coming across the printed picture is an experience that still goes unmatched. The materiality of paper, the pleasure to caress it back and forth and the ability to examine pictures against the light will always make the photo-book the true companion of any photography lover.
Photographers of repute have always preferred to present their body of work in neatly packaged layouts so that their photographs create the best impact on the viewer. One such beautifully presented photo book with a literary twist is the Dream Keeper: A Poetography Ensemble. Quite unusually, this is a book which has two authors with separate creative inputs, one is the photographer and the other is a poet, hence the title uses the unusual word ‘poetography’. Bindiya and Komal are sisters who carry their sibling cord together in a creative endeavour and offer us a body of images and verse that synchronize to a large extent in thought and visual expression.
Komal Bedi Sohal, an advertising veteran, is the photographer who uses her professional expertise to look at the world through the camera view-finder and arrest the scenes that flash across her eye. Though she claims to be a self-taught photographer who did not use her talent as a professional in the industry where she worked, one sees that she is a creative person who would have exercised control for polished images while executing assignments. The merry and pleasant world of nature, people and compositional balance that the advertising industry is so invested in are immediately revealed in some sixty black and white photographs that one gets to peruse. Black and white is not an easy medium to handle, as the photographer needs to understand the tonal impact of various shades of grays and the viewer is these days so seduced by the glamour of colour. Therefore when it comes to personal expression it has been noticed that many photographers have turned to the monochrome. Seeing this body of work one is inadvertently reminded of the personal work of the famous fashion photographer Prabudha Dasgupta who too used light and graphic forms in nature to highlight his pictures.
Here in tandem are two people working, if not together, at least they are seeking inspiration from each other’s creativity. There is placement of a photograph across from each poem and the two are supposed to speak to each other, which at most times they do.