This now abandoned church is one of the oldest Portuguese churches in Kochi. This and other architecture in and around Kochi is a beautiful reminder of the 2000 and more year old cultural transactions that connected this part of India with the rest of the world across the silk, spice, and incense routes. This photograph was shot by photographer Abul Kalam Azad in the year 1999. He used an analog camera to shoot this image. 

Portuguese Connection, 1999

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  • Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.