Arts Illustrated

July 10, 2020

A Fish Out of Water

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K, in a surreal yet topical photo essay, takes on the climate crisis through the POV of a common carp

Team AI

For Delhi-based photographer Raajadharshini. K.K, the medium is merely the outlet for expression. Treading the fine line between fashion and conceptual photography – where gestures play with light, textures and hidden meanings; and the narrative expounds an imagination both surreal and tangible – her works, as she herself puts it, ‘capture a variety of raw emotions, evoke a sense of calm and stir a human connection’. Her latest project, ‘Meeho’ takes on the very real and imminent climate crisis and the human condition at its root and presents a seemingly simple story. Capturing the world as seen through the googly eyes of a common carp fish, Raajadharshini forces us to reckon with a plot line darker than most grim tales, but more real than the ever-promised tomorrow.

Cramming down the last pieces of plastic for breakfast, she swims out of her home to witness the world destroyed under the hands of an “intelligent species”. As she swims towards the shore, the huddle of litter she passes, nauseating the life out of her is not the worst she is going to see.

The bling, the glitter

packages with easy tear,

the crumpling colourful bags of garbage,

the straw, the bottle,

the unrotten pieces of shit

stuck forever,

choking and strangling

the life on earth

So that the pretty little human

can eat without hands,

slurp without mouth and

dispose without guilt.

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

Photographer Raajadharshini. K.K Fish Out Water Meeho plastic breakfast

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