The first signs of monsoon are always a moment of retrospection. In olden days, the beginning of monsoon signals the end of the busy trade days - its now time for relaxation. With the seas fearsome and weather unpredictable, the sailers tend to wind up all the activities. It is not much so during modern days, but still, the arrival of monsoon is always a signal for new beginnings. This photograph was shot by Abul Kalam Azad in 2000.
The arrival of monsoon, Kochi 2000
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.