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Pallon is open minded and understands business requirements; He cooperates with you to identify what needs to be shown and goes several steps further to 'see' more. His combination of practicality, aesthetics and technical capability is rare and precious. Pallon's pictures continue to showcase our facility internationally.
Director, The Fine Art Company
I met him when he first took portrait shots of me for my demo cassette covers about 20 years ago.
We finally got a chance to work together again last year when I was sourcing art and accessories for the Courtyard Marriott, Pune. Pallon was very quick to comprehend what I needed for the 350 guest rooms. We went on to collaborate on that project in the most efficient and professional manner. He belongs to the category of creative people that understands and respects timelines. It has been a pleasure working with him and I know 'The Fine Art Company' will be collaborating with Pallon sometime soon again.
Director, Fulcrum Studio
An artist is only as worthy as the intrinsic individual that he is. His craft is of him a part.
I enjoy both remarkably!
Architect, Author and Urban Researcher
As a photographer he recognises the visual capacity of the worlds we occupy and live in, and he engages well with the visual landscape, sense of perception and the story our eyes try (or miss) to tell us.
Chairman and MD, BIOCON
My first response of course was disbelief. Where I came from 'digital' was a dirty word… part of a new age, instant gratification photo culture, which was pure anathema to someone who had honed his craft in the wet darkroom, taking days, sometimes weeks to perfect a single print. But whatever my training or background, there was no getting away from the wholesome yet fragile beauty of what was spread out before me… and that afternoon I believe was a turning point for the way I was going to think of a photographic image… and I have Pallon to thank for that.
Over the years as I got more and more involved with the digital universe, (much to the disappointment of many peers and fellow purists who considered my move to be a betrayal of all things pure in photography) Pallon remained a friend and helped me to hone my new craft. And I followed his work with great interest and enthusiasm, especially in the territory of architectural photography in which he excels. Using the dynamic play of light and darkness to create landscapes of form, Pallon’s work though always informed by a strong graphic and formal quality, is more about the spirit of the space than the space itself.
His new exhibition, "A Mill by the Sea" is testimony to that.
Mukesh Mills has a curious history since its devastation in a fire years ago, that makes it a very special place, especially for a photographer with leanings towards spaces and their interpretation. Normally a space is inhabited… Mukesh Mills has no inhabitants…since the fire, it has lain unused for the purpose that it was created. Sometime in the early nineties, its rotting, ravaged walls and surreal, post apocalyptic atmosphere, caught the attention of certain image makers, primarily from Bollywood, and the fashion industry, who discovered that they could use the space to make it whatever they wanted… a kind of fantastic wasteland waiting to be transformed into Disneyland. A dab of paint here and there, some fake graffiti and it became the background for a music video. A large open space facing the sea with the mill ramparts breaking the horizon, became the setting for a fashion shoot. With a few fake facades and a crane or two it became the setting for a scene of war devastation… or a horror movie…and so on. In other words Mukesh Mills became a space without its own character… its personality at any time defined by whoever was occupying it and the reason for the occupation became the face of the space, albeit temporarily.
It is this ephemeral nature of the space that is the subject of Pallon’s work. Dabs of fresh paint occupy vast areas of desolate devastation… traces of its intrinsic character conflict with its newly assigned ones, disappearing soon to give way to new ones… creating a new vocabulary of occupation, a sort of metaphor for the times we live in… a lover’s graffiti on the walls of a historical edifice...
With his unerring eye for telling detail, and his delectable sense of colour, Pallon gives us a glimpse into the life of an old mill by the sea… after it ceased to be a mill.
Curator, The Alkazi Foundation
Pallon has shot over 20 of our projects, lending to each one a fresh perspective though his lens.
Pallon has a depth of understanding of architectural space, light and shadow that I find rare, and a mastery of technical skills for complex interior photography.
Apart from his immense talent and experience, he brings a great deal of professionalism and commitment to his art.
Pallon is in my opinion undoubtedly one of the best interior photographers in the country.
Pallon has taken a giant leap in this work boldly crossing over the world of commercial photography and into art, creating a compelling series of compositions that significantly alter the viewers perception of space, scale and order.
Aptly named “Vertical Horizon”, Pallon turns the horizon as we know it clockwise and then digitally mirrors the same, creating a marvelous visionary world of his own; his world of futuristic buildings, mysterious creatures, and symbolic forms.
The original subject matter in Pallon’s images is vast, and he finds inspiration (as he always has) in architectural construction sites, in fields, temples, urban panoramic cityscapes, highways and playgrounds. The rendition of his work is however very precise, always emphasizing a central vertical spine that ties these images with a unifying spirit.
The black and white compositions have a wonderful spatial quality; the manipulation of light and shadow, along with sharp contrasts in some and the deliberate grainy quality in others give them an ethereal and sublime feel.
Pallon constantly plays with the idea of perception, relativity and scale. Sweeping Panoramic views are thus manipulated into looking like abstractions up close, and details are zoomed out to form vast landscapes.
The viewer is deliberately disoriented with the alterations in scale but is at once eased with the centrality and balance in each of the frames. Multiple interpretations emerge as the vertical horizons in each work merge seamlessly into one another.
Pallon has always used dramatic angles and exaggerated perspective in his architectural and spatial photography, and he uses his vast experience in this field as well as in the world of digital photography to produce beautiful compositions that reference the scientific, spiritual and natural worlds.
That's his true essence.
Chairman, Bhoruka Group
Towards the end of last year I received another set of photographs, this time from Pallon himself. Once again the pictures looked very familiar and I was overcome with nostalgia; they were stunning images of the Mukesh Textile Mills at Colaba in Mumbai.
This was the first textile mill built by the British in India in the 1870's. It is also the only mill in south Mumbai, and the only one by the sea. The large private dock is where boats came to unload bales of cotton and load yards finished cloth. These were ferried to the larger ships that were in outer anchorage in the Arabian Sea. I see not just the structures, but the Mill with life the way it was in full production, even before it came into our possession from 1975. The hundreds of men and women going about their daily chores, the clacking of bobbins in their looms, smoke billowing out of the tall chimney stack, sea-gulls gliding aimlessly above… And then all fell silent one day, in its unfortunate destruction in 1982.
Fortunately the façade still exists and has been shot as a background by almost every Bollywood and ad film producer in Mumbai. The beauty of the crumbling façade has been further livened by Pallon's vision of the space. The play of light & shade, the juxtapose of colours, the strong & dynamic compositions all coming harmoniously together.
These images of the Mukesh Mill, delves into the journey of my life. The play of shadow and light through the crumbling structures mesmerize you. These old pillars are like one's ambitions, still standing strong reaching skywards. Our deeds stack up like the lofty chimney. Our very shell is but an illusion, if we are not as strong as these century old exposed bricks. The long corridors remind you that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, however intense the darkness may be.
Mukesh Mills represented the glory days of technology in India... Pallon's images restore that glory.
Sr. GM - Brand & Communication, EPSON
Billionsmiles Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
We have worked with Pallon on multiple assignments and the experience has been great. He always seems to go about his shoots with a sense of ease making things look very simple. It is important for us to have a photographer that can keep the atmosphere calm, which Pallon does with ease.
Pallon has an ability to translate the clients brief quite comfortably into the end product.
His ability to get the colors right and the perfect angle for each shot is quite amazing. Most importantly it is an enjoyable experience working with Pallon.
Finally the pictures shot are of such high quality and class. We never tire looking at these shots again and again.
Pallon's photographs have got me cover pages of elite interior publications. His photography has scaled new dimensions in his 'Vertical Horizon' works. I am a fan of his architectural photography, and his series on Rajasthan and 'A Mill by the Sea' never fail to inspire.
Every time, Pallon has managed to mesmerize me with his talent and his narrative through the lens.
Pallon unfolds the hidden nuances of the design with his photography which may not be seen in the drawings or the manifestation of the building.