From gun to camera,this engineer continues to ‘shoot’ wildlife

A hunter turned wildlife photographer,Jaskaran Sandhu,an engineer by profession who works at a senior position in the Punjab Canal department,is all set to showcase his talent with a photography exhibition.

Written by Aman Sood | Patiala | Published: February 10, 2009 12:39 am

A hunter turned wildlife photographer,Jaskaran Sandhu,an engineer by profession who works at a senior position in the Punjab Canal department,is all set to showcase his talent with a photography exhibition.

Sandhu will hold a wildlife photography show in Ludhiana from February 12 to February 23 and the exhibition will be inaugurated by noted environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal.

Hailing from Patiala,Jaskaran developed a niche for wildlife and natural habitats ever since he went on hunting trips along with his father and other family members. “My father was a hunter and I went with him to all parts of the country for hunting. Those experiences made me fall in love with jungles,” says Sandhu.

The depleting wildlife and forestry caused a dramatic change in his life and turned him into a wildlife photographer so that he could help the cause of ‘wildlife conservation’.

From holding the gun,Sandhu started capturing the movements,mood and ambience of the wild through composition,colour fidelity,lighting and tonal rendition.

“Nearly a decade ago,I realised that if more efforts are not put in,the country and the world would lose its prestigious asset,” he said.

Sandhu says he has travelled widely to South Africa and parts of India. “It is disheartening to see the numbers decline despite efforts coming from all quarters,” adds Sandhu.

The exhibition would showcase 50 of the best photographs captured by Sandhu. “More than the money,the message is important,” he says.

Following his keen interest in wildlife,he was appointed as vice-chairman of the Wildlife Advisory Board,Punjab,in 2002 by the state government. He had also visited the forests of Kahna and Bandavgarh as part of a project allotted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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