About Toytales

Exploring how toys animate to real life surroundings - Toytales is my retrospective journey where pop culture motifs meet the everyday life & ground realities of our nation today.

I grew up on Hotwheels, GI Joes, Sherlock Holmes and Satyajit Ray during childhood and with many advertising geniuses (writers, art directors, photographers, filmmakers) followed with good music in my adulthood. Fascinated to be always around creatives minds, i witnessed how realism was understood, celebrated and presented in many different ways.

Toytales is my point of view where i get to alter a certain reality. Little things that i see, observe, admire & resent, the real life incidents that affect or heal us in general are the motivations behind these photo-stories.

An outdoor location is my blank canvas and i shoot these toys placed under natural light that I source from various neighbourhood shops and malls. To avoid photoshop, i get to create these props and figurines which adds to each story. And the childhood self meets the contemporary self in a cognitive chrysalis. Hope you enjoy this.

About Surojit Dev

Surojit is an advertising professional for more than 15 years and has been associated with top network agencies and start ups for more than 15 years. A musician too, he used to handle drum duties for an independent rock act – Them Clones, playing more than a thousand shows to his credit in India & rest of the world from 2000- 2017.

He started developed the art of shooting toys and other mini objects in 2017. His aim is to develop this as an art form with various other photographers & filmmakers along with building this as a therapeutic genre for the masses.

Along with few group shows specific garnering rave reviews in press in Kolkata & New Delhi, his work has been selected & showcased in the following:

  • Surface: 06, Artbuzz. March 2021 (New Delhi, India)
  • Birla Academy of Art & Culture’s annual exhibition, January 2021 (Kolkata, India)
  • Art in the time of Corona, Artbuzz (online), May 2020 (New Delhi, India)
  • Birla Academy of Art & Culture’s annual exhibition, January 2020 (Kolkata, India)
  • Scope Art Fair, Dec 2019. (Miami, USA)
  • Nandalal Bose Art Gallery, ICCR, Sept 2019 (Kolkata, India)
  • ComicCon India, Dec 2018, (New Delhi, India)

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