HYDERABAD: Photography lovers in the city were treated to a glimpse of the scenic locales up north and north-east at the Olympus-sponsored photo exhibition organised by Milestone, a cooperative of photographers based in Mumbai that promotes photo tourism, photography workshops and photo exhibitions in India. Travelling and photographing over a period of two years, the display tells the story of a journey that was beyond inspiring and breath-taking.
Taken by working professionals who are more photographers by passion and hobby than by profession, this is the sixth edition of Milestone galleria. The showcase which has travelled to Chandigarh, Mumbai and Pune, has contributions from people all over the country who were
invited to shoot on the Himalayan plateau. The frames range from landscapes to monasteries to portraits of people to the street life.
Among the 30-odd 20 x 30 dimension photographs that were showcased, a handful of them were by a bunch of a Hyderabad-based photographers too, including Satyaprasad Yachendra, Srikanth Nippatla and Barhadath.
Talking about the experience, Satyaprasad, who took to the camera in 2004, says, “I love landscapes, and not just any landscape, but the Himalayas. There’s just something about that place, I can’t take photographs the way I do if I’m not there.” Besides being the chairman of the Ranji Trophy selection committee and a commercial investor, Satyaprasad’s first love is photography. A frame captures a lake-view of a mountain at Leh, Ladakh, a turquoise tinted water body that mirrors a literally picture-perfect snow-topped peak and azure sky.
Another captures the vibrant life of the Sherpas and the inhabitants that make up the quiet, peaceful life. Celebrating the Ladakh festival along with the people, the photographers freeze moments of abandon in to a serene picture frame that transports its viewers to its origin.
Barhadath, who is the assistant general manager of the Repco home finance company by profession and the occasional photographer by hobby, gives his contributions in the form of a laughing old man and a night view of a pass in the Himalayas. Graphic designer Srikanth Nippatla shows his flair for symmetry and the abstract influence his work as horizontal shots of a water body are rotated 45 degrees to create a vertical illusion of suspended water.
Some of the exhibits venture beyond the theme and capture a street in Europe and a cathedral’s ceiling in Spain, but the larger-than-life effect that the exhibitions hopes to convey doesn’t escape the viewer.
The exhibition which is on at the Icon art gallery and also has on display a range of the latest DSLR cameras, concludes today.