Photo Country: Inspiring Stories of Photographers
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Capturing Life's Absurdity: A Photographer's Perspective - Ep. 39 - Madhavan Palanisamy
Capturing Life's Absurdity: A Photographer's Perspective - Ep. 39 - Madhavan Palanisamy
Artist and Photographer from Chennai, India

Hello, beautiful people. This is episode 39. And in this episode, I caught up. Madhavan Palanisamy. Friends call him Maddy. He is a photographer from. Chennai, India. He brings various art forms together - Writing, drawing, photography, and moving images.

He's fascinated with magic realism. And through his work, he attempts to interpret the strange world that we live in. Through his playful images, he asks those profound questions that we all face - Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? And how are we connected? So without further ado, let's get into this conversation with Maddie.

What I'm feeling in my head, I'm seeing a picture, I'm like remembering some conversation. I'm remembering some image immediately. So it's your mind, like when you talk to somebody about your experience, you'll be thinking all that. But in a picture just comes as one image. So like in most of these personal projects, I see the image as the entry point and not the exit point.

And then you kind of construct some things around it and make the experience your own.

He started off his career in the advertising world as a client servicing exec and soon gravitated toward the creative side of the business and his exploration has taken him in a direction that you would never have expected in the beginning.

His work - “Appa and other animals” - was displayed as part of a group show by Lens Culture in New York in 2022. It has also been featured in many magazines and awards around the world.

I've been drawing, had difficult ideas about like, you know, how to draw. Then I didn't have like proper anatomy. Sometimes I do like copy drawings, so, but I used to scribble a lot in my early school and college and you know, even when I started working, but only when I kind of advertising started drawing.

maddy on Instagram: “Album art for @siennor.wav’s new EP, Agappor. .
Siennor is one of the modern singers/ songwriters who are bending the form and making beautiful and thought-provoking independent music in Tamil. I am a big big fan of his work. .
We collaborated to create visuals for his new EP, Agappor (Internal war) - which is his conceptual and avant-garde take on the current existential and emotional issues he cares about. The album is much more experimental than his previous works and takes him on a path where he is exploring how to break what he has already done, to go further. .
It was such a great opportunity to work with Siennor, @yesbeeanartist, and @arun__elango to create these visuals. .
#musicalbumcoverdesigns #portraits #albumdesign #avantgarde #musicportrait #posterart
January 14, 2023

One of the photographs that I liked was the juxtaposition of two images linked by line drawings. The lines were graphical and stone age rock art feel to it.

It was a fascinating conversation that I had with Maddie. I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did bringing it to you. Many thanks to Ravindran Solomon for suggesting that I talk to Maddie for this episode.

You can find Maddie’s work on his instagram -

His website -

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Photo Country: Inspiring Stories of Photographers

Photo Country - Inspiring Stories of Photographers Around the World

Photo Country is a podcast that explores the lives and stories of photographers from different countries and cultures. Each episode features an interview with a photographer who shares their passion, inspiration, challenges, and tips for capturing the beauty and diversity of the world. Whether you are a professional photographer, a hobbyist, or just curious about the art of photography, Photo Country will take you on a journey to discover how photographers see the world through their lenses.