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Sustenance 51 by Neeta Madahar

Sustenance 51 by Neeta Madahar 

Sustenance 51 is one of a series of fifteen photographs. Each photograph has been digitally printed on Somerset Velvet paper, a textured paper normally used for watercolour. Madahar set out to explore varous themes including belonging, migration, dwelling, routine and repetition by studying avian behaviour over a prolonged period of time. To this end Madahar set up a large-format camera on the balcony of her apartment in Framingham, Massachusetts and took photographs of what took place outside of her window for 18 months. The resulting images are startingly clear and precise suspensions of fleeting moments which we can study at our leisure. Madahar's work causes the observer to question the veracity of the image. The are so hyper-real that one's first impression is that they aren't real, that they have been manipulated in some way, that some use of collage or montage has taken place but this is not the case. Through her use of lighting, carefully chosen focus and magnification Madahar produces delightful works which depict nature in all its beauty and diversity. This work compliments another photographic work in the collection by Mandy Lee Jandrell.