CHENNAI: Photographers won’t go far if they think about their photographs as just individual pieces, and photographs by themselves won’t go far unless they are really unique, says photographer Dinesh Kumble, brother of ace cricketer Anil Kumble. He was in the city to train shutterbugs in the nuances of photography during a two-day workshop at the Mindscreen Film Institute. “You need to put them in a package. It’s about how you use the photographs in different mediums — an app, a book or blogs,” he says in a serious tone.
These words, we learn over the brief conversation, were born out of Kumble’s own experience. Between 2001 and 2005, he wandered the African forests with his lens, capturing what pleased his eyes. He came back with a huge stack of photographs and wondered what to do with them. “That’s when the idea of a coffee table book struck me. Only a book of that size will do justice to photos. I went to a number of publishers with the idea and the photos, but no one agreed to publish them,” he says, with a sigh. However, he did not let himself get bogged down and decided to publish the book all by himself. Thus was born the publishing house Krabmedia and his first coffee table book Dream Safari, in 2009.
Since the idea turned out to be a hit, he sent clips of the book to various State Government offices in India and got a response from Gujarat. In 2010, he brought out the book Gujarat’s vibrant wildlife, which was launched by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and was given as an official handout by the Gujarat Ministry to delegates. This was followed by a six-month-long escapade in Kutch. “Kutch—A pictorial journey, unlike the previous books that captured only wildlife, has images of the monuments, history and people,” he says.
His current venture is on the Nilgiri range, capturing the quaint and National World Heritage site of mountain railway there. A compilation of the shots is set to come out in September.
That apart, he has proposed ideas to the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Governments, for which he is yet to get a response. “There is so much wildlife in Tamil Nadu that people are not aware of — like Mudumalai, Valparai, Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tirunelveli district, and Kodaikanal. There is also a rich marine life along the coastline from Rameswaram to Nagercoil. These places are rich in biodiversity and also house endangered species,” he says. Krabmedia has brought out around seven coffee table books including those on cricketers like Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar.