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Through My Grandparents' Eyes

I've been working with juxtaposing photographs of my grandfather, Sundaram Devadoss (1935-1993) to understand the legacies and familial connections to diaspora and memory. I have visited some of the same sites that my grandfather photographed. This initially happened by chance and it was only later that I realized we had photographed the same locations. Yet, at the time of making these photographs, I was thinking about my grandparents. Through this juxtaposition,  I explore and critique landscape photography as an "objective" scene devoid of intimate human connection. I want to demonstrate that it can be incredibly personal while representing shared experiences and memories in deeply emotional ways. 

Image 1: Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore, India. Hometown of Hannah Christabel Devashirvatham. Photograph by Sundaram Devadoss. Approx 1950-60.
Image 2: Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore, India. Hometown of Hannah Christabel Devashirvatham. Photography by Christabel Devadoss. 2013
Image 3: Venice, Italy. Photograph by Sundaram Devadoss. Approx 1975.
Image 4: Venice, Italy. Photograph by Christabel Devadoss. 2014.