Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Theyyams of Malabar: Victoria Olson

Photo ©Victoria Olson-All Rights Reserved.
A sand bagger on the shores of Mangalore, Karanataka

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 fourth of a series of posts which showcase a sample of the work of the photographers who joined the expedition. The fourth post features four photographs by Victoria (Torie) Olson, a contributing editor at Wild Fibers Magazine, and author based in Vermont. Another peripatetic globetrotter, Torie traveled to Bhutan, Morocco, India and Thailand among other countries, to document indigenous traditions including textile arts and fiber farming.

Instead of Theyyam and Kathakali images, Torie provided these images made near the shores of Mangalore where, during our photo expedition, she spent time documenting a number of fishing communities. I would guess that based on the jewelry, these women are from Gujarat. She uses a Nikon D90 with a 18-200 lens.

Photo ©Victoria Olson-All Rights Reserved.
Hauling the daily catch on the shores of Mangalore, Karanataka

Photo ©Victoria Olson-All Rights Reserved.
A worker on the shores of Mangalore, Karanataka

Photo ©Victoria Olson-All Rights Reserved.
Repairing fishing nets on the shores of Mangalore, Karanataka