Akshay Mahajan on Art
I was recently introduced to the latest set of black-and-white photographs by South African lensman Roger Ballen called Boarding House. Despite the name, the series is not an oasis of temporary comfort, but a squalid squat inhabited by destitute drifters, abandoned children, animals and creeps who are on the run. The photographs are both beautiful and disturbing. At times, Ballen’s photographs are similar to paintings. They force us to think of other ways of seeing photographs — perhaps as stationary performance art.
Mahajan is a Mumbai-based photographer