On the Wild Side

A bunch of wildlife enthusiasts, some of whom who are trained in life sciences, acquaint strangers to nature through adventure camps — that has been the forte of In Search Outdoors (ISO) for some time now. But, acknowledging that it is not for everyone to be out in the wild, ISO has been — since three years — bringing glimpses of raw nature to the city and introducing it to a broader audience through the photography exhibition titled "Wildclicks". The third edition of "Wildclicks" in on at Yashwantrao Chavan Kaladan, Kothrud, till January 12.

"The theme of the exhibition this year is 'Dawn to Dawn'," says Nikhil Dandekar, a member of ISO and wildlife photographer, adding, "But before we start talking about this year's chapter, we must reflect on the theme of the first exhibition."

Dandekar and his associates at ISO are deeply concerned about "ethical treatment" of flora and fauna. His colleague Shauri Sulakhe says, "These days, the price of photography equipment has plummeted. Many people have sophisticated gear and want to plunge straight into wildlife photography. But they must be well-informed about the nature of flora and fauna in a region before entering it — for their own as well as the organisms' safety. Therefore, our first exhibition was titled 'Ethical Photography', followed by 'Flora and Fauna' the next year."

This year's exhibition, Dandekar says, is particularly interesting. "The photographers have tried to capture the itinerary of plants and animals in their natural environments through the day," says Dandekar, who has put up some of his own works as well. "I have exhibited pictures of birds, fauna and snakes," he says, adding, "The pictures have been shot in Jamnagar, Jim Corbett National Park and Nashik district. The birds and butterflies have been shot in Mulshi and Kavdi on Sholapur road."

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