By Kinjal Sethia

This weekend, attend a photography exhibition where three friends share their unique perspectives on nature and wildlife

Capturing nature on camera is perhaps the most challenging type of photography because wildlife and the great outdoors are a law unto themselves. A clear blue sky can darken within minutes and a bird that seemed as if it had all the time in the world as it perched on a branch, can take flight in a blink, leaving you with no time to change camera settings or even shoot if you’re not nimble-fingered. But speed isn’t the only criterion that makes for good images of nature and wildlife. This weekend, Alok Katkar, Rushabh Aute and Shrihari Dhole, alumni of MIT-WPU School of Photography, Pune and founders of The Imaging Space, will share their insights into nature and wildlife photography at an exhibition of their work in the city


(Top left) a photo of a sambar shot by Shrihari Dhole and (above) an image of the Indian vulture taken by Alok Katkar, (Right from top) Alok Katkar, Shrihari Dhole and Rushabh Aute

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National Geographic’s digital edition have published photos shot by Katkar, who has experimented with abstract and fine art aesthetics in wildlife photography. “My work includes pictures of leaves or birds, but taken from different perspective and angles. I also do the post-processing work on my pictures differently so that the viewer gets a unique approach while looking at the picture,” says 28-year-old Katkar.

The exhibition titled Nature Chronicles will include photos taken by Dhole at various national parks like Nagzira, Ranthambhor and Bandhavgarh. His avifauna photography also includes pictures taken on trips around the city like Bhigwan and Sinhgad. “Photography is an important aspect in ornithology and birding. Even when it comes to awareness among nonbirders, such photography exhibitions are incentives to start observing birds around them more closely. You may ignore a bird outside your window, but once you know its name after seeing a picture, you will pay closer attention the next time you see it,” adds Dhole. Photography is also a good tool among birders to record and document birds, their activity and their seasonality, observes 23-year-old Dhole who graduated in science from Amravati University and teaches photo editing at MIT, Pune.

Aute’s abstract and macroscope photographs of insects will also be spotlighted at the exhibition. After experimenting with wildlife and bird photography for five years, Aute r ealised that there is scope even among insects and other small creatures routinely found in urban homes. “Macro adds a lot of different perspectives in photography. Also, most people are scared or uncomfortable around insects. But I realised they have a beauty of their own,” shares 24-year-old Aute, who has taken most insect pictures around the city. The exhibition will include interesting pictures of insects like the eight-eyed jumping spider who can swivel their retinas to look in all directions without turning their heads.

The photography exhibition will be inaugurated on May 31 by veteran photographer and calligraphy artist Kumar Gokhale. This is the first exhibition by The Imaging Space, which also undertakes commercial photography projects and wildlife camps.

WHERE: Raja Ravi Varma Art Gallery, Ghole Road

WHEN: May 31 to June 2, 11 am to 8 pm

CALL: 7558469980

: Free

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