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Documentary review: Living in the Story (2018) by Lynn Estomin

Realms of creativity have their own mysterious origins, as nuclear arsenal to have ignited imagination is quite the paradox. This short looks at the work of renowned photographer spanning 35 years, in what is a colourful mix of polaroid, photography, collage, props and painting.

Living in the Story” is screening at Japan Cuts 2019

The narration is divided into two parts. First is the polaroid collaboration with Andree Tracey. The artwork during this period depicts the nuclear holocaust and its impact of common people like his family. And the second is titled ‘Nuclear enchantment'. It is more of an activist's view of how the nuclear menace is engulfing the world and what the future has in store. The background score by Scott Nagatani is quite captivating.

We get to witness how Patrick Nagatani finds magic through his art and later in life, how he would encourage his students to do the same. He combines photography, theater, painting and movie in the most unusual ways. What comes out is thought-provoking and spellbinding to say the least. Such unique creations which represent a part of history, need support from shorts like these so that future generations will appreciate the art better. And only through such shorts and the photographers' own books, do we get to know that like many other creative processes, the journey is as interesting as the outcome. Truly a window into the creators world, shared in his own voice.


About the author

Arun Krishnan

My affection for the television screen started in childhood. I was blamed for being oblivious to my surroundings once the screen came to life. A badge i carry with me even today and has only naturally extended to the big screen. Moving picture is an amalgamation of all art forms that came before it. And to read, think, talk and write about it a pleasure all in itself. In short, this is my kind of fun.

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