Sunday, 15 March 2009

Theyyams of Malabar: Beverly A. Sanchez

Photo ©Beverly A. Sanchez-All Rights Reserved.
An entranced Theyyam approaching the devotees, Kasaragod, North Kerala

The Theyyam of Malabar Photo Expedition was joined by a number of talented full-time and part time photographers, whose primary objective was to photograph the Theyyam religious rituals as well as the Kathakali dance-drama, both indigenous to Kerala.

This is the first of a series of posts which will showcase some of the work of the photographers who joined the expedition. The first post features four photographs by Beverly A. Sanchez, whose main forte is candid portraits. Over the course of the expedition, Beverly adopted a more journalistic approach to her image making. She works with 2 Canon 5D Mark II bodies, a 70-200mm 2.8, a 24-70mm 2.8, and a 16-35mm 2.8. She has photographed in Puerto Rico, Morocco, Kenya and Papua New Guinea.

Photo ©Beverly A. Sanchez-All Rights Reserved.
Theyyam make up follows age-old traditional patterns, Kasaragode, North Kerala


Photo ©Beverly A. Sanchez-All Rights Reserved.
A Kathakali performer in the Pacha character (hero), Thrissur, Kerala


Photo ©Beverly A. Sanchez-All Rights Reserved.
A Pacha character & the Virtuous Lady in background, Thrissur, Kerala