Why Do I Shoot Nature?

June 01, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Tree Bark 1Tree Bark 1I took this image of the tree bark in McLeodGanj. I was walking down from one of the temples on the top of the hill to the main town below. I have always loved the structures and patterns on trees, of water and the like.
The question was - how do I highlight the thin strands on the bark?

“The book of nature has no beginning as it has no end. Open the book where you will, and at any period of your life, and if you have the desire to acquire knowledge, you will find it of intense interest and no matter how long or how intently you study the pages your interest will not flag for in nature there is no finality”

                  ……………………………. Jim Corbett

Why do I shoot nature? Because nature gives me a feeling of freedom that I just don’t get in a city.

When I was ten years old, I went to Kalimpong in West Bengal. Kalimpong is in the hills and is very close to the border with Sikkim.

My father was in the army, and he was posted in a ‘non-family station’, as it was termed. What this does mean is that for three years, he lived in Kalimpong and my mother lived in Delhi with my two sisters. I was in boarding school in Nainital.

I had gone to visit him during his first winter there. It was December, and I had my room, which was a fantastic privilege.

When I woke up the first morning, I stumbled out onto the little sitting area they had next to the garden. As I held my cup of chai, I looked up and saw the Kanchenjunga mountain right in front of me. It seemed to glitter in the morning sun, and it also seemed to beckon me. It was love at first sight.

Years later, I was fired from my job. I think that my boss felt that I did not defer to him or worship him.

We went to a place called Satauli to visit a friend. It was raining the evening we arrived, and it continued to rain through the night.

At about 9 am the next morning, the rain stopped and the clouds rolled away. I saw the Trishul mountain range in front of me, waiting patiently.

Nothing can compare to the sheer bliss that I feel when I am in Nature. That is why I photograph nature. To photograph it, so that other people can experience the same magic.

 


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