Photographer makes kitchen garden, creates album of his success saga
Thrissur: After giving some rest to his camera during the lockdown, photographer Baburaj Porathissery took a spade in hand. Within four months, he proved that he can excel in agriculture too. His album 'Lockdown Krishigadha' will tell us the tale of his farm life during COVID lockdown.
The 18-page album shows the vegetable farm he nurtured close to their house in Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur. When he took pictures of vegetables arranged in different designs during each harvest time, Baburaj planned making an album with the photos. Baburaj has been running a studio for 35 years. Though he has interest in agriculture, he could not focus on it due to busy works in the studio.
When the lockdown was implemented, he got plenty of leisure time and cultivated vegetables on 22-cent land and on their terrace. Pumpkin, ash gourd, snake gourd, bitter gourd, okra, tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, brinjal and long beans were planted in the garden. Also he planted nine varieties of green chillies. They are not buying vegetables from outside for a few months.
Baburaj said that he was inspired by an article penned by agriculture minister V S Sunil Kumar in 'Mathrubhumi' that we should have willingness to start farming. If we are ready to work, then the land and other facilities will be automatically arranged.
Baburaj gets full support from his wife Latha and children Sruthy and Sreerag. Apart from farming, he has also published six books. He writes spiritual articles in magazines sometimes. It is Baburaj who takes pictures of Koodalmanikyam temple and writes about the temple for many years.