LIFE OF A LIBRARIAN
Smart Phone, Archival Pigment Prints
J Jayaraman was born in a South Indian Brahmin family and has done his B.Tech from IIT, Chennai after which, he joined IBM. A voracious reader, ‘JJ’ had read about Sri Ramana Maharshi in the book ‘Talks with Maharshi’ written by Osborne. After that he visited the ashram and in 1975, he began visiting Tiruvannamalai and the Ashram every year. In the year 1985, he quit his fancy job and became an inmate of the ashram, given the responsibility of the Librarian. Despite having an interest in photography, he was unable to explore analog photography due to the amount of effort it needed to go from the exposure to the print. JJ began using his smartphone to capture photographs a few years back, and posted unedited images from his mundane life on Facebook. Project 365 attempts to preserve such autobiographical works which are most often lost in the sea of images that are uploaded on social media, and JJ’s photographs are a starting point for this venture.