Glimpses of Nature exhibitions were initiated in 2009 by a collaboration between Kishor Gumaste, Swapneel Kore and Girish Vaze. Our philosophy is stated below. All “Glimpses’ exhibitions, always had photos by the 3 of us and many times, we used to invite other photographers to participate.
Glimpses of Nature.
India is home to soaring mountains, verdant valleys, lush forests, cascading rivers, and rolling grasslands. And inhabiting this natural beauty are its many denizens, the birds, animals, reptiles and butterflies. The habitat within India is varied. India has all types of habitats like evergreen forests, riverine deltas, swamps and estuaries, evergreen forests, deserts, grasslands, rain forests etc. India is a nature lover’s paradise and is home to several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. There are as many as 80 national parks and over 441 wildlife sanctuaries in India, covering nearly 4.5% of the total geographical area of the country.
Within these wildlife sanctuaries you will find around 1200 different species of birds, 300 species of mammals, nearly 30000 different kinds of insects and more than 15000 varieties of plants. These denizens have their own quirks, beauty and ugliness. If you look closely, you can find, love, drama and also danger. But there is also beauty and a zest for life. Going into the forests of India is the beginnings of a journey towards rediscovering yourself. You cannot but be humbled by the scale of the natural world nor be anything but awed by its grandeur. Travelers from all across the globe come to India to experience its rich wildlife and natural vegetation. Yet how many of us try to go to the forests and appreciate the beauty of this paradise????
But all is not well in this paradise. Many of the forests face tremendous pressure from habitat loss and other man-made problems. Several species are on the verge of extinction due to failure of conservation measures, large-scale clearing of forest-land for farming etc. It is a matter of great shame for us, as a country and as a people, that our national animal, the Royal Bengal Tiger, is on the verge of extinction. We have often observed that this sorry state is due to sheer negligence and apathy shown by all whose duty it is to protect this national heritage. And that includes us. Change can be wrought only when we, the citizens of India, take ownership of this rich heritage and demand that it be protected.
“Glimpses of nature” is an attempt to share an experience. This experience is one of great joy, sometimes sadness, and now, the apprehension that unless we act now, our children will be bereft of this lasting legacy. They say an image is worth a thousand words and we have used this visual medium to bring you closer to nature.
Nature photography is an art acquired through painstaking effort and perseverance. Having the best cameras and lenses alone is not enough. It requires a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of digital photography and its field applications.
A good wildlife photograph must be aimed at highlighting the uniqueness, beauty or behavior of the subject. It must engage the viewer’s eye and open up a window to the wonderful world of wilderness.
Care must be taken not to disturb the bird or animal that you are photographing; after all, you are venturing into their abode. A thorough knowledge of animal or bird behavior is of great importance to get a good photograph in a natural environment.
“Glimpses of nature” is a first of its kind photo exhibition showcasing the breathtaking beauty of nature on large prints. Our effort is to present the various facets of nature so that you, like us, may also fall in love with it and take efforts to protect its beauty, diversity and splendor.
SEE IT!!! FEEL IT!!!! LOVE IT!!!! PROTECT IT!!!!