An Akanksha Pandey Photo Series Fuses Japanese Minimalism With The Natural World

From head to Toe - Shibori classics
From head to Toe - Shibori classicsAkanksha Pandey

Throughout the history of art, many creatives have sought inspiration from the wonders of nature, to craft artworks that intertwine with the organic world. Akanksha Pandey, an artist and stylist from the quaint town of Lucknow, presents a captivating photography series titled From head to Toe - Shibori classics, that celebrates the ancient Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, Shibori - a technique that has stood the test of time. With roots dating back to the 8th century, Shibori produces intricate patterns and vibrant colors on natural fabrics like silk, hemp, and cotton using dyes derived from indigo, madder, and purple root. The photography series is a visual journey into the heart of Akanksha Pandey's vision, where clothing becomes a canvas of nature-inspired shapes, harmonizing with serene landscapes and human form.

In Akanksha Pandey's photography series, Shibori transcends its traditional boundaries, embracing a more profound connection with the natural world. By exploring the interactions between flora, fauna, and clothing, the series points towards a beautiful harmony between nature and human-made textiles. The garments, often inspired by nature's shapes and forms, blend seamlessly with the environment, creating an ethereal fusion of humanity and natural beauty.

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Pandey's photography artistry takes viewers on an imaginative journey, where clothing morphs into sculptures, interacting gracefully with the landscape. The layout of the series skillfully incorporates negative space, allowing each image to breathe and convey a sense of serenity. At times, the viewer encounters what appears to be flowers or captivating nature-inspired shapes, meticulously intertwined with the human form or silhouettes of models.

Paying homage to the essence of Shibori's Japanese heritage, the series finds its roots in a minimalistic aesthetic. Captured in nature's pristine settings, the photographs encapsulate the peaceful elegance and simplicity of Japanese design. With a keen eye for detail and symbolism, Akanksha Pandey creates a visual symphony that resonates with those who appreciate the beauty of uncluttered artistry.

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As the artist behind this mesmerizing series, Akanksha Pandey draws upon her upbringing and experiences as a woman growing up in India to voice her work with a unique worldview. An art director and stylist by profession, Pandey transcends conventional titles, allowing her creativity to flow boundlessly into the realm of photography. Through this Shibori series, she showcases her technical prowess and imparts a profound message about the universal connection between humans and nature.


Campaign for @studio_medium by @jainriddhi
Photography by @alimonisnaqvi
Creative direction and styling by @pandey.akanksha
HNM by @seerathmystique

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