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Meet Vinod Kalathil

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vinod Kalathil.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a Chicago based amateur photographer who has been actively pursuing his craft since 2014.

I was first introduced to photography as a child in the southern state of Kerala, India. My father is an avid photographer and I was constantly borrowing his Yashica camera to experiment with (and use up the really expensive film). As a visual person, my interest in photography continued, but I didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it. Around 2014, I started traveling around the world extensively for my job and my interest and skills really took off. I also joined the online Arcanum photography Academy and became very active on several social media platforms, especially Google+ with its vast photography communities. Nowadays, I don’t leave home without my camera. I have been doing some ad hoc projects and selling some prints, but photography still remains a creative process for me.

Please tell us about your art.
My work mainly consisting of architecture and landscape. I especially love illustrating the relationship humanity has with nature, something that we get to see every day in our beautiful city of Chicago. I see the city skyline as living breathing entities, continuously transformed by changes in sunlight, weather, and perspective. Even when I am out in the wilderness, I am always looking at signs of how we as humans interact with our environment and transforms it – sometimes good, sometimes bad.

I love pushing boundaries, interpreting reality in my own way instead of just representing it through the lens. That way, I don’t really stick to the traditional bounds of photography. The emotional appeal of the final image is much more important to me than what the subject looked like in real life.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I do think that art has become very difficult as a source of income with the proliferation of “free” art online. It is a vicious cycle where artists need to push their work online that ends up undercutting the value of the work in the long run. That being said, there are always newer ways in which artist find ways to express themselves. I have found that with the emergence of social media, there is a better acceptance of creative photographers by the general public and businesses.

I think cities can continue to encourage art by opening up new ways for people to exhibit their artwork. A lot of cities like ours have actually started looking at murals in a more positive light and that has really transformed our streets into art exhibits. Efforts like that can go a long way at building awareness and supporting art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Most of my best work is on my own website – where the artwork is available for sale in different forms. I am also active on Instagram, Flickr, and 500px under the handle blinkofalens. I have yet to hold a physical exhibition, but I am really interested in doing it.

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