Piece description from the artist
This series of architectural imagery was inspired by the neon drenched alleyways and streets of Shinjuku/Tokyo, Japan. All of the buildings seen in this series was either shot in Malaysia or Australia. They have been intentionally manipulated to eliminate as much traces of photography as possible. This is a re-imagining.
Born in Teluk Intan, Malaysia in the 1970s, Manickam Bala grew up in a place and era that sparked his passion for photography. He was introduced to photography as a child by his father, who is a keen photographer himself. He specializes in a range of photographic genres including architecture, travel, people, and street. The photographs he captures are inspired by the food, music, design, horror, and sci-fi films that fill his slightly off kilter world (sometimes to the point of obsession).
Manickam spent the beginning of his career working as a professional photo retouching and restoration artist. It was after this that his interest in photography, specifically architectural abstract, was rekindled whilst he was a photography student at RMIT, Melbourne.
Manickam’s work has earned him multiple awards, including several AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) awards during his stint in Australia. His work, "Fade / The Shrine ", has also been featured in the "National Geographic Greatest Landscapes: Stunning Photographs That Inspire and Astonish" book. He currently resides in India where he travels and photographs ancient temples.