Photography

My journey with the camera started with observing birds and little critters. I still look up to photography as a tool for me to better understand the world and as a medium convey my emotions.

For the longest time, I remember using a small point and shoot, to observe birds and insects from my balcony. So it was very natural for me to start shooting wildlife after progressing to a basic SLR camera. Wildlife photography can be highly rewarding if you have a lot of patience, which I have buckets loads, as many of you who know me will agree.

I don't quiet remember when I started doing street photography, but have often questioned my motivation or reasons behind doing it. That led me to explore other aspects like documentary photography. At a particularly, interesting cross-road in my life I got an opportunity to volunteer for Jan Swastha Sahyog in Bilaspur, Chhatisarh. This experience taught me a lot about photography and most importantly brought me face to face with the realities in the rural heartland of India.

Post that I gave in to working a a small corporate firm, practicing and doing what I was trained to do- Environmental Planning. Dedicated photography continued along-side of this but now I got back to the reasons why I started using the camera in the first place - understanding nature and making images that enhance this process of knowledge creation and sharing. I have been collaborating with botanist and environmentalist since in documenting rare and endemic flora and fauna.

Every year I make trips to different parts of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, to document the endemic flora and fauna. I have also developed an interest in documenting bats in their habitat and I traveled to Uttarakhand to volunteered with a bat ecologist to learn more about these fascinating creatures.