Parvathi Kumar, Colorado River, 2012, photograph, courtesy of the artist.
Parvathi Kumar: Dimensions Within
October 6–December 1, 2019
Opening Reception October 20, 5:30–7:30 PM
The variety of works presented here have their physical dimensions, as well as technical dimensions (depths of field, focal ranges, distances, etc.), but they were created from a dimension within myself, and so I hope the viewer might reach a place within themselves as well. An image might lead the viewer inward, to wonder, become immersed, or touch a space within that rarely gets noticed.
Rather than taking photographs, I prefer to be taken by what I see and create, and only then trying to uniquely capture and share my vision. My selection of subject varies and as do their locations, from various corners of the world to my own backyard. Additionally, my mode of presentation changes depending on the subject, from straight photographs to digital manipulations to alternate process cyanotype printing. In all cases, however, perspectives, compositions and final presentations come from the depths of my being, yielding to a voice that speaks from within myself.
About the Artist
Parvathi Kumar was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in Montreal, Quebec, now living in Bridgewater, NJ with her husband and two sons. Her mother introduced her to the art of photography as a teen, giving her a strong foundation in manual 35mm film SLR techniques. Parvathi also gained valuable black & white darkroom experience in high school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, a master’s degree in Computer Science from NJIT in Newark, then worked for ten years in software design & development for IT firms in Denmark, CT and NJ. Throughout this time however, photography prevailed as a serious interest.
After many years of using only a manual Minolta x700 35mm camera, 2003 marked her foray into the digital world. In 2010, her lifelong love of photography turned into a proper business devoted to various photographic services and she began exhibiting her work. In 2013, she started using the iPhone as an integral tool of creativity. Her images (using Nikon DSLRs and the iPhone) have been selected and won top awards in various juried shows. She is an active member of different art/photo groups and forums, and collaborates with other artists in the community. Parvathi helps other adults, teens and youngsters learn the art of photography through workshops and photo walks and shares her work frequently on social media. She also creates fine art photo-based work with mixed media and alternate processes such as encaustics and cyanotype printing. This year she has shown her work in many shows throughout New Jersey, in New York City, at photo galleries in Vermont and South Carolina, and throughout Europe, namely in Cambridge, Athens, Budapest, Chania (Crete), Glasgow, Wales, Rotterdam and St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (France).
Outside of photography, she also has advanced training in Bharata Natyam (South Indian Classical Dance), classical guitar (she’s an active member of the NJ Classical Guitar Society), and is a certified yoga instructor.