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Up Close With Nature

A langur family at Summer Hill Shimla
A langur family at Summer Hill Shimla
A babbler on a berry tree
A babbler on a berry tree
A patch of forest near the Mall Road at Shimla
A patch of forest near the Mall Road at Shimla
A babul balancing on an electric wire at Rothney Castle
A babul balancing on an electric wire at Rothney Castle
A flower fresh after a spell of rain
A flower fresh after a spell of rain
Deodars cone gives out a sweet scent in Shimla
Deodars cone gives out a sweet scent in Shimla
Monkeys enjoying a lazy day at Gorton's Castle in Shimla
Monkeys enjoying a lazy day at Gorton's Castle in Shimla
Monkeys enjoying a lazy day at Gorton's Castle in Shimla
Monkeys enjoying a lazy day at Gorton's Castle in Shimla

Each of us see things differently. How we see are shaped by various factors. As Anais Nin famously said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Subjectivity lends strength and dynamism to art. How we see things is a part of what we are.

I love being in the woods with or without a camera. But seeing nature though the lens, being patient for the right moment teaches you something priceless. When I do nature photography I’m not driven by anything. I don’t expect too much out of it. I do it for sheer pleasure. There’s something so refined about that moment. My subconscious connects with the place I’m in or the subject I’m shooting.

 

On my visit to Shimla while shooting places and people I managed to squeeze out time for nature. These images are ‘at moment’ response of how I see things and cherish in my own way. Sometimes I ran around with babblers trying to get as close as possible. After a while I think they gave up. I was happy to be able to get real close to them. It’s as if the camera bridged the gap between us. I still think I’ll never have gotten so close without the camera.

 

One interesting moment that stayed with me from Shimla's trip was my visit to Summer Hill. The hill is isolated like an island in the midst of green sea. The forlorn road towards the hill passes through woods, that had not been bothered by human's encroaching. There are great variety of tress which sheltered great number of birds and troops of langur. It is interesting and redeeming at the same time to see man fitting in to the world of nature and living with it.

 

Nothing heals like time and nature. You can’t do much about time but you can unwind with nature anytime you want to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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