Shooting them mighty

Vinaya Patil
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

At a photography exhibition in the city, amateur traveller-photographers will display pictures from their Himalayan treks.

The mountains are calling, and we shall go, carrying photography equipment, to capture them in all their might and beauty. This is exactly what these few travellers thought while visiting the breathtaking terrains of Leh, Ladakh, Spiti and more.
Travel Diaries, a photo exhibition of pictures from Leh and Ladakh, Spiti valley, Bhutan, Northeast India, Cambodia, Frozen River (Chadar) trek etc will be on display at a city gallery.

Amateur traveller photographer Vishal Vyas from Dubai, Guenther Pessl from Austria, city-based Rohan Kenjale, Yogesh Gadekar, Vivek Bagul, Swapnaja Patil, Manish Shah and Vinod Patil have shot the region’s topography and landscape, its awe-inspiring fauna and flora and gritty locals inhabiting the territory.
The participants are all keen travellers themselves.

“Photography has been a hobby for ages now, but I started doing it professionally only three years ago,” says Rohan Kenjale, who has around 12 photographs of his displayed in the exhibition. 

“I have shot most of these in the beautiful Ladakh — some landscapes and a few portraits of the locals there,” he informs. When asked about his favourite one among them, he says that the one of a local girl shot in the Turtuk region remains his favourite. 

Another traveller-photographer, Sambhaji Pawar too has put up some of his pictures. Says he, “I have been doing Himalayan bike rides with founders of Tyremark company, Nitin and Dhawal, for more than a decade now. It is when I started travelling so much that I developed an interest in photography.” 

Pawar, who has contributed to photo exhibitions earlier as well, gives the entire credit of his shutterbug skills to nature. “That’s where the inspiration came from. The beauty of these terrains is something that cannot be put into words,” he says, as he talks about his recent experience in the Spiti Valley.

“Visiting Spiti in winter is an amazing experience. It was minus 20 degrees when we were there. And, we were lucky to spot some great wildlife like the snow leopard. I have shot these animals, the landscapes and the local people of the region, who are extremely warm and welcoming,” he says and signs off.
The exhibition has been hosted by Tyremark, a young travel company that offers weekend getaways around Pune, and guided adventure expeditions within the country and in neighbouring regions.
The exhibition will be on at Raja Ravi Varma Art Gallery, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Sanskritik Bhavan, Ghole Road from March 16-18, 10 am to 8 pm

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