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Nature shots

Nature shots
An exhibition of pictures of brooding mountains, expansive deserts and gurgling rivers and of urban chaos expressed through images of fishing nets and the rail transit line in Tokyo will attempt to probe the timeless bond of man-mountain-water through two different media - camera and poetry as writer-lensman Kishore Thukral has come up with a week-long photography exhibition. The show called Ephemera focuses on the transient nature of life.

The week-long exhibition, which was opened by well-known music composer Shantanu Moitra in the presence of renowned actress-painter-photographer Deepti Naval at India Habitat Centre on January 18. A book  with the same title was also released at the ocassion.

The exhibition, which showcases 73 coloured pictures from ‘thousands and thousands’ shot by the artist over a span of 15 years, focuses on the transient nature of life shot through diverse geographies - from Ladakh to Nepal, from Mauritius to Japan, from Spiti to Cambodia.

Particularly mesmerising are the images of an old bespectacled lady, an aged woman with creases on her face (Bangkok), four Buddha sculptures from the Bayon temple, Angkor (Vietnam) – all regal, serene but decaying. Then there are the pictures of a cock as if in a meditation outside a temple in Nepal; the panoramic view of Kulu Valley;  the windswept Landour; the shimmering sunrays in Naini lake; a hot air balloon suspended among the clouds in Solang, a tree stump decaying in Naini lake, and a bus stuck in a landslide at Kinnaur - all of these have a certain magical quality about them with a profound philosophy lurking everywhere.

Ephemera… seeks to reiterate the ‘timeless bond of man, mountain, water and beyond’, according to Thukral. It has been a result of his decade-long travel- particularly trekking along the western Himalayas that are integral to his areas of obsession, said the photographer, who has earlier written a book named Spiti through Legend and Lore.

When: On till 20 January
Where: Visual Art Gallery. India Habitat Centre
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