“The India Drives – a coffee table book published by OUTLOOK, showcases the work done by corporate India’s leading companies that have put measures in place to incorporate social, ethical, environmental and consumer concerns into their business operations so as to improve the lives of their stakeholders.
It goes without saying that a coffee table book of such high calibre must have pictures that tell stories behind the actual content. To this end photographer and photo editor Gireesh GV has more than succeeded. Gireesh GV’s camera has captured how CSR has benefitted the lives of thousands of underprivileged Indians with such sensitivity that the imagery is a work of art in itself.” Nalini Menon Editor, The India Drives
* ” GV Gireesh’s images are interesting and evocative, especially the black and white set. Across his work, he has drawn from everyday subjects—and from scenes which the layman misses or ignores as mundane but in which the photographer finds a moment worth capturing. Titled ‘Solace’ has striking, beautiful images. The series on women devotees draws on that vast reservoir of religious faith ever-present in India and is impressive. Since Gireesh is also a painter it means there is a heightened aesthetic sensibility and that shows in his choice of subjects, colours and the frames.” ARUNA CHANDARAJU, freelance feature writer, Hyderabad.
* “Compliments. What a beautiful portrait and one that’s more than a portrait, almost a religious artwork like an icon”. : Frans Commelin via Linkedin
* “Nice picture. I like the silhouette of the bench. And now I know what the view is like! When I went there a few days ago it was all mist, so there was no sign of the mountains! I will have to go back on a clearer day. I loved the temple though so it was worth the visit”.: Eleanormarriott via blog
* “The portrait of a tribal woman at Gokarna , and the image of the hair rolled up into a bun embellished with flowers, underline clearly the infinite choices and chances that await a photographer. Though Gireesh comes from the long tradition of the documentary, this somber study addresses important things which are most certainly taking place, the need for identifying and supporting the last of the tribal left in the wake of development and lack of reclamation. The root impulse in photography is the power of the portrait as well as the catching of light and shadow, then the image ceases to be a geographical curiosity and becomes instead a classical footnote in simplicity” ; UMA NAIR, writer,critic, based in New Delhi read more
* “Experimental photos Many of the photographs have been taken during his travels all over the country. What strikes one about his photographs is the vast space essayed in each work. The canvas is huge and the subject stands out, despite the canvas being equally attractive. The use of black and white is especially appealing. Urban landscapes that tell the story of development and loss of serenity, views through the glass of a skyscraper, attempts to replicate nature in urban areas via vinyl hoardings, as on the Bangalore streets, a scene of fire, experimental photos in pitch darkness aided by a single dim light, and long exposure, make his show a delight. Gireesh has proved that frames that do not hold nature or things of beauty can be equally appealing to a viewer in this show. ” By PREMA MANMADHAN, writer, the Hindu Kochin. 2010
* ” RED ALERT: Meanwhile, artist-photographer Gireesh GV cranks out vignettes from the day-to-day life he encounters on his sojourn as a photographer. Ask how the switch from photography to art happened, and GV says, “Photography happened much later, a way to bolster the artistic ambitions. I am a trained painter from the college of fine arts in Kerala. The reason I took up photography in 1997 was that there was a downturn and nobody was buying artworks.” His work includes a collection of 16 small format paintings in oil, titled Shock of the times, silence carved out, and enchanting ecstasy.” By EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE/ New Delhi, Tue Feb 24 2009,
* “A skilled visualist (not just a photographer.) Brings in a very down-to-earth attitude making others instantly comfortable. Not averse to either physical hardship or taxing thinking jobs. Great person to work with” : Prashanth Hebbar via linkedin
* “Gireesh’s works, which are Expressionist in nature, capture the life and times of simple people through their intense portraits and the representation of day-to-day objects. The artist uses brush strokes the way a photographer clicks a camera randomly”: Johny ML , New Delhi based art critic & Curator,2009 show catalogue
* “A love for cinematography and design is what characterises the work of Gireesh G V. ” : Aditya Nair speaks to him to find out more.
* ” The images on display are not only works of art but also a telling commentary on what defines modern India. The photographers, through their skillful arrangement of elements, have infused life into the images. Gireesh G.V’s Objects Desired and Discarded has amid rusted, useless objects, a picture of a woman’s body in a bikini.” : SRAVASTI DATTA, writer The Hindu magazine
* ” Who has seen Gandhi? Last week another attempt was made to interpret Gandhi for the current generation at Raj Bhavan. Inaugurated by Karnataka Governor H.R. Bharadwaj, this exhibition of contemporary Indian art titled ‘Who Has Seen Gandhi’ had a variety of objects on display. An interesting contribution was photographer G.V. Gireesh’s image of a beggar whose shadow bears an amazing resemblance to Gandhi’s silhouette. Gireesh said: “I was just hanging around the Yadagirigutta temple in Andhra Pradesh when I saw this beggar ascending the steps. It was a single shot and the resemblance surprised me when I processed it.” : ARUNA CHANDARAJU, writer The Hindu Magazine
* ” Caught in culture’s tentacles Culture or rather development and its effect on humankind can be seen in Gireesh G V’s photographs. This photojournalist certainly looks out from newsworthy angles yet some of the pictures stand out for their aesthetics. The play with light and colour on the frames that juxtapose nature and citadels of civilization lend more meaning through contrast. Human beings are hardly visible in many of his frames but you can feel their presence and the mood is poignant. Stretching roofs of umpteen trains in a railway station against the backdrop of skyscrapers and clouds wear a grey tone. The sea has been captured at different hours of the day and you can sense the emotions of the people in each frame. A tattered scarecrow is on the verge of falling in a farmland. An eagle in flight, a worker busy with the construction of a bridge and a man atop a tall site remind you of the heights of culture and provoke your thoughts as to what the word really means. Cityscapes stare at you in a frame with a play on blue. Lights flicker from the powerful man-made creations. The glow from vehicles on a rainy night dazzle. In another frame you see city life in full swing. Vehicles ply on the road and concrete jungles leave little space for greenery. Betwixt the two is a striking patch that takes you to a bygone era where architecture blends with nature. You can see nature being exploited in the name of civilization. The photographs have documented many touching moments on the road to civilization. ” By Surekha, Writer, Indian Express, Kochin