Piece description from the artist
Walking down Swanston Street in Melbourne, looking up, I was mesmerized by what I saw above. It was this gorgeous, often overlooked outer facade of the QVB, with its meandering, serpentine like symmetry that beckoned to be captured and documented.
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.