Love Studio, by Samsul Alam Helal
In this studio in Dhaka, Bangladesh, there is much more than the lavishly colored costumes, props,and hand-painted scenarios, in an naive artsy way and that purposely moves away from realism. In that place, in the heart of the industrial zone of the city, the dreams and fantasies of those who work in the region come true, in a symbolic way, since they can hardly ever put into practice the staged situations, in which they embody heroes, heroines or characters that result from an individual projection of each ones. Love Studio is thus a place of joy and escape, but it is also at the same time a place of confrontation.
Photographer Samsul Alam Helal, himself also a resident in this area, brings us in this deeply interesting work, a document in which staging and reality coexist in a full and balanced way, resulting in a set of images of enormous authenticity, since the whole scenario and visual environment ends up necessarily leading the observer to a concrete and not so colored reality that we know as existant, off-screen, in reverse.