Collective Photo Project

Collectively creating and preserving photographic visuals of the fast vanishing landscape, divergent customs, pluralistic culture and diversified Dravidian society of ancient Tamilakam, a region comprising modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

Project 365 Tiruvannamalai commenced on 15th August 2014. The year-long project has visually recorded the Annamalai hill, town and different sections of its society. Project 365 public photo-art archive Tiruvannamalai has a collection of about 3000 photographs collectively created by 25 photographers. Most of the participating photographers are young and upcoming. Few leading photographers were invited to be part of the project. Apart from being a collective effort, the project successfully incorporated the use of multiple media and techniques, from cyanotypes to smart phone images. EtP is in the process of publishing an illustrated photo-art book and an exhibition broadly titled Tamilakam Rekaikal to showcase the photographs collectively created by Team 365. The project was led by contemporary Indian photographer Abul Kalam Azad.

Project 365 tri-sangam ports collectively creates photographs of the landscape, lifestyle, culture, art, architecture, people of ancient Ports Tyndis, Muziris and Korkai; and its rich cultural connections across nations. The project places special emphasis on the age-old connection of the river valley civilisation in South India, with the ancient sea ports that became windows of peninsular India for ancient and medieval trade and cultural relations. Project 365 tri-sangam ports focuses on this association with water, which was crucial in ancient times just as it is now. Port Tyndis and Muziris are situated in Kerala, in and around Kodungallur and Ponnani. Korkai is located in Tamil Nadu, near Tuticorin. Project 365 tri-sangam ports will commence during the second quarter of 2016.

River Cauvery, one of the largest rivers in South India flows across the three South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Throughout history, Eurasia was criss-crossed with communication routes and paths of trade, which gradually linked up to form what are known today as the Silk Roads; routes across both land and sea, along which silk and many other goods were exchanged between people from across the world. River Cauvery has played an important role in the silk road trade and cultural relations. One of the mouths of River Cauvery falls into the Bay of Bengal and this water route became the principal route for transporting goods inland. Kāviripaddinam, the principal Chola port, was situated at the northern mouth of the Cauveri river. EtP Project 365 River Cauvery will create visuals of the river valley culture and lifestyle that continue to be windows for cultural connections across nations. .