Pavan Joshi, a conservationist-activist and Arvind Karthik, a wildlife photographer, displayed their photos at the Alliance Française de Bangalore over the weekend. It was organized on the occasion of World Environment Day (4-5 June 2022) by Eco-Watch (Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development) and Pavan’s Wild Alert.
Wild cats galore: The photos displayed included a variety of wild cats in their natural habitats.
- The centrepiece was a photo of a tiger sipping water in a shallow pond.
- Other photos included leopards lounging on trees, an elephant walking solemnly circling a human habitation from a distance, a magnificent peacock blending into the colours of the forest, and forest guards surveying the landscape.
The purpose: Both Pavan and Arvind combined together to educate the public on the importance of the conservation of wild animals and forests.
- Pavan Joshi noted that while wild animals in their natural habitats tended to get a lot of attention from photographers, the conservationists (forest guards and other people tending to the flora and fauna) get neglected. He aims to bring their stories to the forefront through his photography.
- Arvind Karthik tries to merge real pictures of wild animals that he has taken with surreal digital imagery to bring about a fusion of art and photography. He hopes to inculcate the habit of questioning in children through his pictures and art.
(Image: Arvind Karthik (L) and Pavan Joshi (R))