The Canadian High Commission, in collaboration with Seher, is organizing Autumn Sonata, an exhibition of photographs by Tarun Mathur, capturing the beauty of autumn in Canada, at Alliance Francaise in Lodhi Road from 26 to 31 October.
‘I wanted to do some work based on the theme Autumn for which I did lots of research on Internet. Canada, especially its east coast, is extremely beautiful during the onset of Autumn. So I decided to go and work there,’ said Mathur.
Giving details of the project, the photographer said, ‘There are vast areas dedicated to nature and wildlife in Canada called Provincial Parks which are located near the big cities. In October last year, I travelled from Toronto to Algonquin Park, Mont Tremblant National Park and then to Vancouver to capture the beautiful landscape. This year I wanted to shoot in the Rocky Mountains so I started from Calgary and went to Banff, Jasper and Edmonton and from there to a few parks in Saskatchewan like Prince Albert Park and Cypress Hills park.’
Mathur also rued that there aren’t much to see in India during autumn. ‘In India, we don’t see much of autumn so maple leaves are totally unknown to us. I want to highlight the manner in which Canada protects and preserves its natural environment and wildlife. We should do the same in our country,’ Mathur said.
Mathur’s tryst with the lens started with print media. After working with some newspapers, he decided to turn his hobby into a full time profession. He learnt the tricks of the trade under the guidance of veteran photographer Kasinath.
‘I began as a photo journalist while in college but later drifted away due to several reasons. I am now making a comeback after 25 years with this project,’ said Mathur.
According to Mathur, some of the best places to see the beauty of autumn are in Canada, New Zealand, Finland and Norway where population is comparatively less. ‘In India, the ideal location would be Kashmir but I haven’t seen the valley yet,’ he said.
The exhibition comprises several photographs priced between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15000.
At: Alliance Francaise,72, Lodhi Estate, Lodi Road
When: 26 October to 31 October
Timings:11am to 7 pm
Phone: 4350 0200