Source: Appa and other animals by Madhavan Palaniswamy

Ep. 39 - Madhavan Palaniswamy

The Absurdity of Life

Ep. 39 - Madhavan Palaniswamy

The Absurdity of Life

EP. 39 - Madhavan Palaniswamy - The absurdity of life

Hello, beautiful people. This is episode 39. And in this episode, I caught up. Madhavan Palaniswamy. 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.

appa and other animals

Appa and other animals by Madhavan Palaniswamy

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.

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.

Appa and other animals

Appa and other animals by Madhavan Palaniswamy

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 -

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