October 17, 2015 11:04:46 am
The lesser-known Arctic region came alive during a photography exhibition held in Chandigarh on Friday. Titled “Polar Expedition”, the exhibition showcased 46 photographs by educationist and adventure enthusiast Mitul Dikshit from Scandinavia covering Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard Islands in the Arctic circle.
Mitul’s love for travel and interest in wilderness led him to travel the Arctic and Antarctica around the ice and wildlife of polar regions.
The photographs captured polar bears, birds, walrus seals, reindeer and other wildlife animals and also some rare shots of icebergs, landscapes and culture of Scandinavia.
Dikshit described the Arctic as an ideal destination — beautiful, mysterious, lethal, enchanting and crucially populated with extraordinary death-defying communities who somehow manage to thrive there.
Mitul said, “I was astounded by the intensity of the light. The sky was shot through various colours — pink, orange, and red. What’s more; clouds, landscapes and snow-covered hillsides are all swamped in dramatic hues of gold. It is preposterously beautiful.”
Discussing the challenges of photography, Dikshit said the northern lights proved elusive for the first few weeks of the journey, appearing as indistinct shimmering on the horizon.
“Maybe I draw great comfort from remoteness and wildness. I suppose that is why I have always felt the lure of the Arctic so acute,” he added.
During such adventures, Dikshit has been able to perfect his craft of photography and captured matchless wildlife and scenery.
He has earlier exhibited his work on “Wildlife Safari of Masai Mara” and “The Great Barrier Reef”. Mitul has also travelled to Antarctica, based on which his coffee table book Antarctica-Gods Own Canvas, is being published by Roli Publishers.
The exhibition is on at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, till October 19.
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