Early Times

Vasantha Yogananthan
9782954877730 / 2954877731
Early Times

Early Times

Vasantha Yogananthan
9782954877730 / 2954877731
Publisher Chose Commune 2016
Edition Hardcover , 104 pages
Genres Documentary photography
Tags A Myth of Two Souls
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Early Times is the first chapter of Vasantha Yogananthan’s long-term project A Myth of Two Souls, which offers a contemporary retelling of The Ramayana. A seven-chapter tale first recorded by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC, The Ramayana is one of the founding epics of Hindu mythology.

Since 2013, Yogananthan has been travelling from north to south India, retracing the itinerary of the epic’s heroes. Between fiction and reality, he deliberately blurs the lines through multiple aesthetic approaches: colour, black and white, hand-painted and illustrated photographs are interspersed with vernacular images to compose the layers of this timeless story.

This first book addresses the beginnings: it tells of the youth and education of Rama, son of King Dasharatha, and of Sita, daughter of King Janaka, who do not yet know each other but are destined to meet and fall in love. The Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time, and for Yoganathan’s book has been retold by Indian writer Anjali Raghbeer. Yogananthan commissioned Mahalaxmi & Shantanu Das, Indian artists specialising in the tradition of Madhubani painting, to create original illustrations for display alongside his photographic work.

A Myth of Two Souls consists of seven photobooks, published between 2016-2020.
Each book is a chapter of the epic.

  1. Early Times
  2. The Promise
  3. Exile
  4. Dandaka
  5. Howling winds
  6. Afterlife
  7. Amma


Book title Early Times
Photographer Vasantha Yogananthan
ISBN 10 2954877731 / 2-9548777-3-1       
ISBN 13 9782954877730 / 978-2-9548777-3-0
Publisher Chose Commune
Publish year 2016
Genre Documentary photography
Book format Hardcover
Number of copies 1600 copies
Language French, English
Pages 104 pages
Number of photographs 48 color photographs
Color or b/w photographs col
Dimensions 24,5 x 30 cm / 9.6 x 11.8 inches
Weight 850 g
Book designer Pony Ltd.

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