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Palani Mohan: Sand Trails and Storm Clouds

5 November 2021 - 30 December 2021



f22 foto space is proud to present the latest solo exhibition by award-winning photographer Palani Mohan, after the success of “Wind Water“ in 2018. Palani has returned to Hong Kong after spending the last two years photographing the vast red deserts of the Empty Quarter of the Middle East. Back in the city that he has made his home since the 1990s, Palani is bringing together two collections of image capturing the forces of nature that inspire him —Sand Trails and Storm Clouds.

This exhibition showcases an abstract look at footprints left behind by the creatures who dwell in the sand dunes deep in the Empty Quarter deserts on the border of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, together with the magical yet monstrous storm clouds in the great harbourside city of Hong Kong.
Captivated as he is by the power of the natural world, Palani is drawn to working in severe environments, from the frozen lakes of Mongolia to the blistering landscapes of the Middle East.

“These images are a story of two lives lived, in vastly contrasting lands. Even with all the differences, I found many similarities that connect these worlds. They are both places of peace and stillness where the eye is drawn to the shapes, the shades, and the smallest of things against these immense canvases.”
―Palani Mohan


Indian born and Australian raised, Palani recently returned to Hong Kong from Dubai, for his third stint of living in the harbour city which he loves, and which serves as a base for his editorial, corporate and fine art work. He is the author of six books including his latest – “Wind Water” and "Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs” which has been lauded as an anthropological treasure.

His work has been widely published by many of the world’s leading publications and is part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Palani has been recognised with awards including World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International, CHIPP, Communication Arts, and Sony International. He frequently speaks about photography, including in the TEDx series and at the Asia Society in Hong Kong and New York.


5 November 2021
30 December 2021
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