INDIA. Mumbai: A passionate wildlife photographer Hemant Sawant has organized an exhibition of Tiger lifestyle photography themed “Tiger Safari” at Jehangir Art Gallery in South Mumbai in which nearly 50 photographs clicked by him have been exhibited.
In addition, a “Tiger Show” comprising the documentaries narrating his experience while carrying out wildlife photography, have been made available to viewers. This photo exhibition started on November 23 and will remain open till November 29, from 11 am to 7 pm to the public.
In pursuit of studying tigers’ lifestyles and capturing their important moments on camera, Sawant wandered through many forests including Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panha, Melghat, Tadoba, and Pench (in Maharashtra), Ranthambore (Rajasthan), and Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand).
Sawant’s photographs from the exhibition depict the many moods of a tiger-like a happy tiger, a lazy tiger, a tiger in an aggressive mood, a tiger with a spruce move, a tiger near a water body, and a female tiger taking care of her cubs.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Sawant loves capturing the beauty of nature and wildlife. From a young age, cameras and their ability to freeze moments fascinated him. He wanted to learn photography but knew that photography is an expensive hobby. But his never-ending quench for knowledge never allowed him to give up on his dream. So, he borrowed cameras, worked under other photographers, and tried to grasp anything and everything about photography that came his way!
The day he bought his first camera, a “Yashika electro 35mm”, and looked through its lens, everything changed. He found a world stripped of banality and full of wonder. Not only did photography enable him to see the world with fresh eyes, but it also gave him the ability to capture precious moments and communicate stories without words.
Sawant’s exhibition was inaugurated by the All India Congress Committee General Secretary Mukul Wasnik. Well-known wildlife photographer Kakubhai Kothari, and former Maharashtra Minister Suresh Shetty, Director of Shari Academy of Professional Photography Girish Mistry, and renowned calligrapher Achyut Palav were present on the occasion.
In his speech, Wasnik said, that the exhibition will help generate awareness about the protection and conservation of wildlife in India and will also expose viewers to huge forests of India and their habitats. Besides, through this exhibition, the children will also become aware of wildlife protection and conservation, Wasnik added.